May the word of God go deep into our hearts so as to bear fruits within us.
Your heart’s condition is one of the most important things that God is looking at. Many times our motives towards seeking God’s heart are always directed towards the outward. God does not look at our outward appearance but the condition of our hearts – this is His desire. We look outward when the God we serve is looking inwardly.
When we tell God to take us deeper – that we want to encounter HIM – God instead wants to take us deeper into our hearts; He wants more of our hearts. The pathway to encountering God is to allow God to take more areas in your heart; surrender more of your heart to Him. God cares more about our hearts than any other thing. The more we seek God by surrendering our hearts to Him, the more He gives us more that we desire. The more you open yourself up to God, the more you will experience Him in mighty ways.
The more I surrender my inner man to God, the more I will experience Him in new dimensions like never before. Surrender is one of the most painful things to do. The more you lay down your heart, the more God goes into the areas of hurt and pain so as to bring healing. Until those areas are healed, we will never fully experience His fullness of grace and favour.
Just as exercise is good for the physical heart and overall wellbeing, so it is with your spiritual heart. If you want to grow more spiritually, focus more on God.
(Proverbs 4:23) our top most priority is to guard your heart because the direction of our lives – where we are today – is influenced by the condition of your heart. You guard everything you possess physically but of most importance to you should be to guard/shield/protect your heart. What we allow in our hearts has a way of affecting our hearts’ condition. The aim of the enemy is to dampen your heart so that you don’t experience God in full. What God is after, the enemy is after. The product of the heart is faith (Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 22:37; Proverbs 3:5).
If we have ‘spiritual heart disease’, how can we seek and love God with all of our hearts? When we are defeated, always complaining and never walking in victory, it is because of our heart’s condition. Sometimes there are areas in your heart that you think are fully healed but God takes you through experiences that cause these areas to surface again for God to fully heal them.
There is something about the God we serve. You may come out of a storm, exhausted and bruised, but know that God’s grace and anointing is available to refresh you. Don’t reject the healing, though uncomfortable, else nothing will ever change. If God is concerned about the purity of your heart, He is concerned with the wholeness of your heart (Matthew 5:8). The thing that holds us back from experiencing God’s favour and love, from fully experiencing God, is the condition of our heart.
Scars in our hearts have a way of draining us and derailing us from God’s purpose for our life.
DECLARATION: I am ready today to deal with the issues of my heart.
(John 15:1-2) God is taking things out of our hearts so that we are more fruitful and look more like Christ. The only way to contact God is through your spirit so we need to have God cleanse us (Psalm 51:10). Don’t use your outward circumstance to judge your relationship with God, use the condition of your heart (1 Samuel 16:7). David was a man after God’s heart because he gave God his whole heart. He always allowed God to deal with his heart.
God does not want us to recoil back to our comfort zone. He wants us to face our Goliath and triumph. Sometimes we tell God that we have surrendered to Him, yet we are still looking for shortcuts to the healing.
DECLARATION: I would rather walk with God, believing Him and obeying Him, than run away from my fears.
The choice is ours. Either we surrender in obedience to God, no matter how painful, or allow the enemy to derail us (Proverbs 4:23; Psalm 139:23-24).