“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 NIV
The most critical aspect of our spiritual life is our heart. I believe our heart is like a compass. A compass identifies where you are headed directionally. It establishes:
(1) where you are
(2) where you are in relationship to where you want to go
(3) how you get pointed in the right direction
Our hearts determine our direction spiritually in much the same way. If we cannot keep our hearts pointed to True North, we will be off in where we are heading. True North is God, our Heavenly Father. If our hearts are not aligned with Him, our maps will be distorted, wobbly, and stilted. By aligned, I mean understanding the magnificence of Our Father’s Love. It means we understand and identify with our identity in Christ. So, if you have not done that, I encourage you. Ask Him into your heart and you will find healing and restoration. It is the first step in establishing relationship with the Greatest Love you can ever know.
Father, guide my heart. Help me to always look to You first, my True North, before setting course for any destination. Thank you for your Great Love and the perfect design of my heart, mind, and spirit in Your image!
* excerpt of Spiritual Life Map: Finding the Compass
21 No wonder we are happy in the Lord! For we are trusting him. We trust his holy name. 22 Yes, Lord, let your constant love surround us, for our hopes are in you alone. Psalm 33:21-22 Living Bible
I have an old Living Bible that belonged to my mother who went on to be with Jesus some 25 years ago. Every time I touch the pages I can’t help but think of her. I think of sitting in church together on Sunday mornings. I think of her attentiveness to the message. I think of her care in preparing a fabulous Sunday dinner every week. I think of the richness and depth of her love. Unconditional acceptance.
I still miss her. As I read these verses, I truly believe that she was happy in the Lord! I know that she had the contentment and peace of His constant love. She shared that contentment and constant love with me. I am so thankful to have had a praying Godly mother! I know I am here in my walk with God as a direct result of those prayers.
As I sit and meditate on these words in Psalms, I find myself asking God what He and Enoch talked about. That was such an intimate, loving relationship that God scooped him right up! First, I got this picture of a pillow. It’s the difference between a stiff decorative pillow that sits somewhere for people to look at but never touch versus a pillow that gets all smushed just right to comfortably lay your head on at night. It seems like we are supposed to mold into God like that and He molds into us at the same time.
Then I had the picture of holding hands with God and walking and talking. Delighting in each other’s company. True companionship. We tell each other what is on each other’s heart. Listening intently. Honoring each other’s desires.
Lord, forgive me when I don’t listen to the desires of Your heart. Thank you for always listening to mine! I adore You Almighty God. Thank you for giving me my mom to show me how to love well and unconditionally. Thank you for my daughter. Help me to always love her with Your heart. Show me how to love others with Your heart as well.
“you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2: 5 NIV
We are being built into a spiritual house. Jesus was the first living stone and the cornerstone of the house we are building. So what are the spiritual sacrifices that we are to offer? Our bodies, souls, affections, prayers, praises, tithes and offerings and service. All with a joyful heart!
God is not asking anything of us that His Son was not willing to give Himself. It humbles me to think of the heart of Jesus. Such a beautiful and perfect example for us to follow.
There are times that I get all wound up in a frenzy of busyness. When I begin to rush and push and force things, it’s a good indicator that I need to pause. I need to check in with the Holy Spirit to see if I’m on track or not. Most often there is a more efficient and elegant solution than my own.
The beautiful thing about being a living stone is that we have a constant spiritual guide present, the Holy Spirit. He can get me back in alignment. Get me back in the headset of listening for direction and offering every moment up in surrender to a better way. Surrender. Obedience. Sacrifice.
Lord, thank you for Your perpetual living water that washes over me and flows through me. Thank you for Your constant love.
“Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29 NIV
God loves love and faith. Everything operates out of those two things. Once we have accepted Christ as our Savior, those are two very important keys to the kingdom of God.
Love governs our relationships — most centrally, our relationship with God. If we love Him with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind and with all our strength, then we want to meditate on His Word in order to be more like Him and please Him. We will want to walk and talk each and every day with Him. We will want to be quick to be obedient when He has a request of us.
Faith is the manifestation our love of God in us and God’s love for everyone through us. Faith is the special sauce that creates power and momentum. It opens up the impossible and allows God’s Living Word to flow through us to touch others, do the miraculous and change lives.
Father, stretch me. Stretch my heart and faith muscles. Make me fit and strong and nimble to do whatever You ask of me. Thank you for Your Living Word and the life that flows from it. I pray it will flow through me.
1”Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2 Corinthians 3:1-3 NIV
When I read these words, I think of every minister, preacher, missionary, evangelist – every Christian — to be surrounded by people that walk and talk like Jesus because of their personal imprint on hearts around the globe as an incredible testimony! Wow. Think of all the people in the world, on our block, in our sphere. We have God’s mail we are supposed to deliver! This is why I always ask God to search my heart. I don’t trust my heart but I always trust His. His hand in my life can do things that I may not be able to see or touch or ever know about. It all counts for His kingdom. If others can simply see Him in me, He will do the rest.
Bless these words from You, Father, and make them a meditation of my heart. I praise Your Mighty Name! I praise Jesus, Your Son, the Name Above All Names! Make me into a living letter from Christ. Make me into Your image. His image. Continue to write Your words on my heart, Lord. Make me that vessel that Your living water can flow through freely.
“Above all else, watch over your heart; diligently guard it because from a sincere and pure heart come the good and noble things of life.” Proverbs 4:23 The Voice
Why do you think God asks us to watch over our heart? I think it is because it is central to everything we do, say, think and feel. Everything that comes out of us, originates from our heart. If we are co-dependent, it’s because of an injury to our heart. If we are narcissistic, it’s because of an injury to our heart. If we are angry, violent or hostile, it’s because of an injury to our heart.
If our heart is guarded, really tucked into God for safekeeping, our hearts can operate in a healthy way. God can heal every injury to our heart. We still have to do our part and take our hearts to Him. We have to learn His ways in order to walk through life with a protected heart that is equipped to love others and see others the way that God sees them. It is a love that is not of this world. It is a love that supersedes any love we have ever known. It is the love of sacrifice and eternity. It is the greatest love story ever told.
Search my heart, Father. Let me place no other thing before You. Guide me. Please keep my heart straight. Holy Spirit, great Comforter and guide, keep me close to You in all matters. Keep my heart. Tend to my heart. Guard my heart.