2 Chronicles 16:9
"For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him."
The Bible places emphasis on the heart much more than the external presentation. We see this throughout Jesus’ ministry. He must have our heart inside of His before we will perform His will rather than our own. Religion teaches us the opposite as the Pharisees and Sadducees exemplified. Jesus exposed their true hearts, and that is why they hated Him so. They simply pretended to be good to impress each other. Jesus told them your lips praise Me, but your heart is far from Me. (Matthew 15:8)
What is the condition of your heart this morning? Is your heart fully committed to Him, or do you have a divided heart? Do you love Him with all your heart as He commanded? What is your heart filled with this morning? Are you filled by His love or someone else’s? May I encourage you and myself to keep your heart inside of His that you may receive the promised strength needed to fulfill His will and not your own. His ways are so much higher than ours. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
In His love.
When my daughter, Sarah Beth, married she gave me a message and a necklace as a daily reminder to "keep my heart in His heart." Only she and the Lord understood the void it created in my heart. Not only was she my only daughter, but my sister in Christ and best friend. To this day i still strive to heed her message.