>> Monday, June 18, 2012
2 Chron. 25:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a perfect heart.
Starting off this morning, rather than entering in the history of Amaziah...may we look back at our own?
How many of us have done what would appear to be right and pleasing to someone, yet our heart was not in it? How many of us have gone through the motions of doing something nice or kind only to complain about it during or afterwards?
For instance, ever have to help someone with a ride...cook a dinner...watch someone's kids...loan money...and all that comes to mind is how it has interrupted what you really wanted to do?
The Bible says our hearts are desperately wicked...who could know it?! It happens to the worst of us all in our busy schedules and self absorbed life styles, would you agree?
If we are honest with ourselves, and we do alot of murmuring and complaining about the "things" we do for others, we truly aren't doing them for the right reasons, would you agree?
Ps 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
Jer 17:10 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.
In our participation of "helping" someone out we may have blessed them but ultimately lost our own blessing. If we catch ourselves in this ugly cycle may we realize we first murmur to God, because the Bible says do all to the glory of God, and in everything you do, do unto the Lord. So, if we offer a ride, watch someone's kids or whatever the deed we should do it sacrificially unto the Lord first then for their benefit.
Imagine if the recipient of our good deed heard us complain about the time we took for them? What if we heard them complain about us? It is already humbling for most to ask for help and some of us don't like to put others out and would rather not ask for help, how much more would it feel like a burden to hear how someone really felt about it afterwards.
May we be aware of why we do what we do and say what we say.
If only life could slow down so we could enjoy the fruit of our labors in more ways than one. May we all allow God to reveal the sins of our hearts and our mouths, amen!
Truly this could be for so many circumstances...truly it is saying we are going through the motions just to do it and could really careless of the why. How do we get out of the cycle?
First, we have to confess it, ask God to change our hearts and identify it coming up before it comes out our mouths. We can ask ourselves, if I am that busy...why did I commit? Am, I doing this all for the wrong reasons? Our examination can go on and on, ask God to reveal your personal root problem and then start ripping it out! Amen!
Sobering to see our sins face to face...transforming is to identify, confess, and thank God we are not condemn, but ever growing in His grace to be more like Him, amen!!!
BE BLESSED, YOU ARE POSITIONED BY GOD AND HIGHLY FAVORED!!!