“I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jeremiah 17:10). Wow, talk about a constant examination. We dread going to the doctor for any kind of examination, but God is the one who continually examines our hearts and our minds. The question we must ask ourselves is this; when God searches our hearts does He find exactly what He’s looking for? Paul gives us the answer how to keep our hearts and minds pure for God; “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15). Has God found what He is looking for in your heart today?
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18). It is easy to tell those around us that we are a Christian. You might even wear a cross around your neck. However, it is not what we say, but what we do. As you go through the day, your actions will reflect who you are. Will your actions, attitudes, and thoughts testify to the fact that you are a Christian or will you act as the world requires? Paul wrote, “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” Ephesians 4:24). It is your choice. Put on the new man, act like Christ.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1). According to this verse, God Is always present to help. No matter what troubles or trials may come our way, He is ever present to help us. God is our refuge and strength. The writer of Hebrews wrote “… I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5). Remember when life becomes dark and gloomy, there is a Light that is shining and it is God. Call out to Him because He is always there waiting to help.
“How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.” (Jude 18). If you are looking for a sign of the second coming of Christ, the words of Jude spoken 2,000 years ago are being fulfilled right before your very eyes. You don’t see people hastening to God, they a living their lives governed by their own desires. To them, the words of the Bible are outdated and irrelevant. Additionally, we who follow the Words of the Bible are being mocked by them at every turn. But, God is still on His throne. He is still in control, and one day soon he will return and call us home. Are you ready to see your Lord?
“The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.” (Isaiah 50:4). God is up long before any newscaster and unlike the fake news of today, His Truth is accurate. He awakens our ears that we may hear His Word that He has for us. God should be the first person we go to every morning to get the true news. God loves you and sent His Son Jesus to die for your sins and by trusting in Jesus as your Savior and Lord, you can have eternal life. Now that is news worth shouting for, Praise The Lord.
“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” (Ephesians 5:2). We are to imitate God by living a life of love. Our example of love should be that of Christ’s love for us. He loves us to the extent that He died for us. His sacrifice was acceptable to God as a sweet aroma. We are to love to the extent that we would give our lives for those whom we love, even to God Himself. Is your love self-sacrificing, does it have a sweet aroma? Imitate Christ, give your love away by giving yourself to Jesus and others. Give His love away by sharing Christ with a lost soul.
“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” (Psalm 5:3). Prayer is communication with God. However, for most of us, it is a one-way street. We lay our heart to God and expect Him to give us what we want. We never take the time to listen. Let me share a secret about prayer. Prayer is also a time of worship. When you go to God in prayer don’t focus on your needs, let your gaze be upon God and glance at your request. God knows your heart, focus on Him and show Him that you trust Him to do whatever He needs to do in life. So look up and worship God this morning.