Psalm for the Day

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Heart to Heart relationship with Jesus………

“I will behave wisely in a perfect way.
Oh, when will You come to me?
I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.”  Psalms 101:2  NKJV

The first step to an authentic life with Jesus is to get real.   We must be honest about our weaknesses, struggles, addictions, and ultimately, our sins, and we must come into the light of Christ. 

If we hope to bring authentic change to our family, friends, neighborhood, and city our hearts must first change.   Until we take responsibility for our self and our own actions, we will not find lasting freedom and victory.

The only group of people that Jesus seemed to have hard words for were the religious hypocrites of His day.   God did not and does not appreciate phonies who hide behind His name or some religious façade.

Many times people put on masks and hide behind a smile as they come to corporate worship.   Our churches should be a safe place for people to be encouraged and to find healing, hope and victory.  

However, we must be willing to get real and be truthful if we ever want to have a true relationship with Jesus and a positive influence on their world.

We have, at times, become our own worst enemy.   God knows our heart and what is at the center!  He sees the secrets, the hidden motives, private agendas and selfish desires.  

It is time to be truthful with ourselves and take responsibility for who we are.

“From the inside, out of the heart of men come bad thoughts, sex sins of a married person, sex sins of a person not married, killing other people, stealing, wanting something that belongs to someone else, doing wrong, lying, having a desire for sex sins, having a mind that is always looking for sin, speaking against God, thinking you are better than you are and doing foolish things.   All these bad things come from the inside and make the man sinful.”    Mark 7:21-23  NLV

True heart knowledge is the first and foremost thing that makes us free.   But this truth is not some grand theological achievement to which we aspire; rather, it is the truth that must be applied personally, starting with the heart.

A heart is the essence of a human being.   It comprises of who we really are and who we really want to be.

“Now the message that we have heard from his Son and announce is this: God is light, and there is no darkness at all in him.  If, then, we say that we have fellowship with him, yet at the same time live in the darkness, we are lying both in our words and in our actions.   But if we live in the light—just as he is in the light—then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin.

 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and there is no truth in us. But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing.   If we say that we have not sinned, we make a liar out of God, and his word is not in us.”                    I John 1:5-10  GNT

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