” I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” Jeremiah 17:10
Good Morning Bible Journal family, Happy Easter Week!
The other night I found myself up for multiple hours praying and reflecting on this verse. You see, my daily prayer involves the Lord searching my heart and continuing to do His transformational work. (My selfish desires always get in the way.) There are really only you and God that knows all depths of your heart.
I continue to pray for some Heavenly heart surgery and have felt more grateful for this time we have with His word and to ourselves to examine our hearts to see what God sees. There are many negative impacts our current pandemic has shown us, but I can also say there have been many praises in our household as well. Before being forced to stay at home, our family often ran the worldly race between job, children, selfish desires, and other mental and physical to do’s lists. Many times this left only my scheduled parts of the day to God before I got too busy with worldly agendas. I would be running a race so fast I was missing opportunities with my beautiful bride and children and mainly with God. For many of us as we run this race we are able to put on an outside image that mirrors the Goldilock’s “just right” appearance that things are “ok” but inside still have some battles going on. Thankfully, we have a savior who sees our hearts and says, “I love you, follow me.” Thank you, God, for seeing my sinful heart and helping us to see how we need you. Lord, help us to produce fruit.
And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:27
God will send His Spirit to intercede for us. The more our heart is open and talking with Him, we will start to abide by His will and not our own earthly desires. Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in your heart today. To intercede for our desires.
“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 1 Chronicles 28:9
Remember in this time and when things return to “Normal” to seek Him. I know many people have questioned why we have so many things going on in our world today? Where have our priorities been compared to where they may be today? When we truly seek Him, he finds us and will change your eternal life.
I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. Revelation 2:23
I know what a very strong verse for early in the morning. Strike dead. Truth is we are all going to die one day. I pray that as God searches our hearts He finds the transformation that highlights deeds performed only to glorify His kingdom.
It’s not to late, there is nothing that you have done in your past that can’t keep you away from a relationship with God. Yes, we all have sinful hearts, God won’t be shocked by what He sees. His desire is for us to turn to Him, repent, and seek Him with our hearts.
Here’s my heart Lord, speak what is true!
I can’t think of a better song. This last Saturday I was going to take our son to his first concert, Casting Crowns. I look forward to making it soon.
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. Psalm 139:1
Happy Easter Bible Journal readers, praying for you and your families. Produce great fruit this week.