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You Can Trust God's Will

You Can Trust God's Will

Welcome to Part 5 of this week's blog series on The Will of God. If you don't know God's Will for your life or you're afraid to find out, this week's blog series is for you. For Part 4, "A Progressive Revelation Of God's Will" click here.

Today, let's focus on the internal struggle that many of us have with accepting God's Will for our lives.

Jeremiah 29:11(AMP) - For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

Before we get into anything deep I want you to understand one important characteristic of God that will never change. Just like God said to Jeremiah, His plans for you are always for your good. In fact, His plans are so good that they are much better than any plans you can possibly create for yourself. As a result, you can trust God's Will for your life.

Why are God's plans so good? I'm glad you asked. 🙂 If you took the time to read yesterday's post, "A Progressive Revelation Of God's Will" you would know that God reveals the end of your story from the beginning. Therefore, His primary focus throughout your process is always on the end. It doesn't matter how things look on your way to your destination God wants to give you hope in your final outcome. That's what really matters anyway.

In Daniel 1, when Daniel and his three Hebrew friends were faced with the decision to stray from God's Will for their lives for a taste of instant gratification they chose to stick with God. Do you know what happened at the end? They received great promotion. The same happened in Daniel 3 after the three Hebrew friends chose the fiery furnace over bowing to an idol.

Daniel 3:16-18(NLT) - Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

They didn't care about anyone else's Will for their lives but God's. Even though things looked dire for that moment they knew that the final outcome was glorious. They trusted God's Will so much that they put their lives on the line and were convinced that even if God didn't save them it was worth it to trust Him. They didn't care how it looked because they knew that God's plan for their lives was the only good plan that existed. The truth is that the safest place for them at the time was in the perfect Will of God and that happened to be in the middle of a fiery furnace.

Daniel 3:23-27(NLT) - So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, securely tied, fell into the roaring flames. 24 But suddenly, Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in amazement and exclaimed to his advisers, “Didn’t we tie up three men and throw them into the furnace?” “Yes, Your Majesty, we certainly did,” they replied. 25 “Look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!” 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came as close as he could to the door of the flaming furnace and shouted: “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stepped out of the fire. 27 Then the high officers, officials, governors, and advisers crowded around them and saw that the fire had not touched them. Not a hair on their heads was singed, and their clothing was not scorched. They didn’t even smell of smoke!

What's the moral of the story? If it's God's Will for you to go through the fire, stop crying, complaining and hesitating, "GO THROUGH THE FIRE!" You have no idea what He's trying to do so don't spoil His plan with your disobedience.

Daniel 3:28-30(NLT) - Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel to rescue his servants who trusted in him. They defied the king’s command and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore, I make this decree: If any people, whatever their race or nation or language, speak a word against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, they will be torn limb from limb, and their houses will be turned into heaps of rubble. There is no other god who can rescue like this!” 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to even higher positions in the province of Babylon.

What a strange way for God to get glory in a heathen nation? What a strange way to get the right to freedom of religion in the middle of Babylon? What a strange pathway to promotion? It got a "little" hot but it worked. As we've been saying all week, God's ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts. Since only He holds promotion in His hands only He knows the way to get it.

It's human nature to be short-sighted. Life is short anyway so who cares about delayed gratification? Right? Why not do what feels good right now and live it up with absolutely no regard for where you will end up? But what happens tomorrow if we make bad decisions today? Shouldn't we think about that?

Well, that's not how God's Kingdom works. God wants to make sure that your story has a happy ending so each step in His plan is designed to keep you heading in the right direction regardless of how outrageous it may seem at the time. Unlike God, you do not know the future so you have to trust Him.

You Can Trust God's Will

James 1:17-19(NLT) - Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. 18 He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.

James 1:17 makes this really simple. If something is good and perfect in your life it comes from God. That's it! Nothing good and absolutely nothing perfect comes from anywhere else. Therefore, God's plan for your life is actually the only good plan that exists. Other plans may look good but that doesn't make them good for you. Remember, a plan is only good if you end up somewhere good at the end of it.

You can trust God's Will. In fact, you have to!

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A Progressive Revelation Of God's Will

A Progressive Revelation Of God's Will

Welcome to Part 4 of this week's blog series on The Will of God. If you don't know God's Will for your life or don't know the steps to discovering it, this week's blog series is for you. For Part 3, "What's God's Will Anyway?" click here.

Today, let's go deeper and discuss the progressive revelation of God's Will.

Proverbs 4:18-19(NKJV) - But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. 19 The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble.

If you took the time to read what we posted yesterday in "What's God's Will Anyway?" you would know that there are paths specifically laid out by God for your life. Proverbs 4:18-19 shines light (pun intended) on how we should perceive these paths. Instead of expecting to completely understand God's Will for your life all at once the process takes place in stages. God will cause your life to follow paths that get brighter as you go along. In other words, with each step of obedience His Will gets progressively clearer until you finally see exactly what He's been doing all along.

God knows better than to give some human beings all the details of a complicated assignment that lasts an entire lifetime all at once. It will overwhelm and confuse most of us. Our brains are too small to handle all the twists and turns in God's plan for our lives. As a result, He has to break it down into "bite-sized" pieces. Let's take a look at this some more.

Isaiah 46:10(NKJV) - Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’

Since the human race must have a destination, God will gladly tell us where our story will end. He will definitely leave out most of the details but at least we will have a general idea of where we're going. For instance, in Acts 26:12-18, Apostle Paul recounted to King Agrippa how God called him into the ministry. He was given a big picture view of what he was supposed to do. Here's how Paul told the story in his own words.

Acts 26:15-18(NKJV) - So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 16 But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. 17 I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’

As you can see God left out some very, very important details on that day. What kind of details you may ask? Details like, Paul you're going to get beaten like Rodney King (don't ask, you'll find out later). You're going to get shipwrecked. You're going to get bitten by a venomous snake. People will try to kill you for the rest of your life until they finally get you. However, guess who God gave these details to? A disciple named Ananias. Check this out!

Acts 9:10-16(NKJV) - Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. 12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.” 13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”

Based on this scripture, it wasn't until sometime later that God revealed the part about all the suffering to Paul. However, let's put this in perspective. Paul was privileged to get some very good information upfront. Also, he knew in which direction he needed to go next. In Acts 9:6 even though God had made him temporarily blind, God told him to go directly into the city and await further instructions. Abram (Abraham), on the other hand was not so fortunate.

The Progressive Revelation of God's Will

Genesis 12:1-4(KJV) - Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. 4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

Once again, just like Saul (Paul), God gave Abram (Abraham) a big picture view of His Will. However, the only specific directions He gave to Abram were "G-O". Once he took the first step and left, God told him some more. That's pretty serious. So think about your own situation. Maybe your situation is like Apostle Paul or more like Abraham? You know what God has called you to do overall but you have no idea what you need to be doing about it now.

Therefore, let's move on. What do you do after God gives you a big picture view of His Will for your life? Do you just try to make it happen in your own strength? Of course not. That would be impossible. God's plan usually is so much bigger than where you currently are in your life that you will only mess it up. Remember when Moses took a head start on God's plan and tried to save a Hebrew by killing an Egyptian in Exodus 2? How effective was that? However, when he moved in God's proper time according to God's proper order he was able to drown the entire Egyptian army and save all The Children of Israel.

So, unless you want to end up like a young Moses you can't make God's Will come to pass. This is what you do. After God gives you the big picture of His Will for your life you have to trust Him daily for His Will for your day.

Isaiah 30:21(NKJV) - Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.

Psalm 119:105(NKJV) - Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

God won't give you a goal without revealing to you a plan. The Holy Spirit living inside of you is like a GPS device with turn by turn navigation. He gives you the next step you need to take when you need to take it. How much He reveals to you at a given time is dependent on your capacity to receive. He did it with Abraham. He did it with the Apostle Paul. He does it with me.

Proverbs 3:5-6(NLT) - Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

This is one of the most important verses in The Bible for anyone who chooses to live by The Will of God. From the time I was a skinny, little boy in my father's church I received prophetic words about where God was taking me. God has sent angels to earth with messages. He's taken me up to heaven to see the future. I've heard His voice so many times.

Regardless, all of the prophetic words in the world would only frustrate me if I didn't understand how this system works. The prophetic words about my future only help me to see the end of the journey. It's my personal relationship and daily walk with God which helps me to get there. Even if you don't know all about where God is taking you as long as you do today what He wants you to do today and tomorrow what He wants done tomorrow and continue the next day you'll eventually get there.

We'll continue from here tomorrow.

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What's God's Will Anyway?

What's God's Will Anyway?

Welcome to Part 3 in this week's blog series on The Will of God. If you don't know God's Will for your life or don't even know that He has one, this week's blog series is for you. For Part 2, "Understanding God's Will" click here.

Ephesians 2:10 (AMP) - For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

There are specific good works and specific paths assigned to each of us. God doesn't force us to do those good works or take those paths but we should. God lays out His Will for us but if we don't want what He has to offer the devil will gladly lay out some alternatives. Both sets of options have eternal consequences so choose wisely.

According to Ephesians 2:10 God's Will was planned beforehand and prepared ahead of time. Therefore, people cannot create their own purpose. They can only discover the purpose God already has for them. That's why we said yesterday in "Understanding God's Will" you can't copy anyone else and you have to renew your mind in order to discern God's Will for you.

Here's a simple example.

Jeremiah 1:4-10(KJV) - Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” 6 Then said I: “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” 7 But the Lord said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. 8 Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord. 9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. 10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.”

Jeremiah didn't choose to be a prophet because it looked like an awesome job. He also didn't see the need for prophets and voluntarily rose to the occasion. Even though that sounds noble it's not how God's Kingdom works. Maybe in the world you can do whatever you like or whatever you think is important. However, God puts people in positions to fill specific needs in His Kingdom. He saw the need for Jeremiah to speak the truth to the people of Judah so that's why he was born. So when God was ready for him, God called him into the ministry.

Romans 11:29 (AMP) - For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]

Here's one major step to discovering God's Will for your life. God has already given you all of the tools you need to carry out whatever He has called you to do. Whenever you feel inadequate just recall Romans 11:29. God doesn't ask you to do something you cannot do. He may ask you to do something challenging or even improbable but without question you can do it. Also remember that He does not change His mind so resistance is futile.

Let's make this practical. What has God given you the ability to do well? What are your natural gifts or talents? If you already know what they are you have an advantage. God didn't give you those talents for nothing. Every gift from The Lord is connected to His call on your life. Even if you don't understand the connection at least you know now that it exists.

I'm also not talking about discovering your skills so you can select which kind of career you should be pursuing. It's much bigger than that. What are you doing to build God's Kingdom on this earth? That's what will matter for eternity. Not how much money you make or how successful you are in your earthly pursuits. What did you do for God and not just for you?

1 Peter 4:10-11(AMP) - As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor]. 11 Whoever speaks, [let him do it as one who utters] oracles of God; whoever renders service, [let him do it] as with the strength which God furnishes abundantly, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever (through endless ages). Amen (so be it).

I can use my own life as an example. As a young boy I had the unusual ability to speak well before crowds, write essays and influence people. So much so that as a high school student I was class president, did comedy on a local radio station and was the master of ceremonies at concert events. I also won several national essay competitions and was a freelance writer for a local newspaper.

It eventually became obvious to me that God called me to speak, write and influence people for His Kingdom. Even though I am yet to discover the fullness of all He has planned for me at the very least I know I'm going in the right direction.

Now it's your turn. Look back over your life and see where God has equipped you. There's a need on this earth that you are specifically designed to fill. If you can just renew your mind to match God's Word like we said yesterday you will be able to see where He wants you to fit.

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Understanding God's Will

Understanding God's Will

This is Part 2 in this week's blog series on The Will of God. If you don't know God's Will for your life or you know it and are struggling to accept it, this week's blog series is for you. For Part 1, "Are You Doing God's Will For Your Life?" click here.

John 4:33-34(KJV) - Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus was so confident about doing God's Will? He didn't seem to have this constant familiar struggle that many of us face. Some of us have an idea of God's Will for our lives but refuse to completely embrace it because we just don't understand. What if God wants us to do something we don't want to do? What if it's hard to complete? What if it's not glamorous? What if it costs us everything with little earthly returns? Do you remember what happened to Jonah when He questioned God's instructions and went in the wrong direction?

Isaiah 55:7-9(KJV) - Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

One of the surest ways to misunderstand God is to assume that in our minute human minds we have the capacity to understand Him. We don't! His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways are higher than our ways. When He makes a decision He's always right. Unlike any of us, He operates without any limitations of time, space or information. Therefore, understanding The Will of God takes some supernatural help. If you think you are an authority on God, you're not!

Romans 11:33-36(KJV) -Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?” 35 “Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?” 36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.

Can you truly understand God? In His Kingdom everything seems upside down or should I say right-side up to what the human mind would expect. In John 12:24 you have to die to live. In Matthew 23:11 the greatest leaders must be the greatest servants. In Proverbs 11:24-25 the key to increase is giving what you have to others and the key to decrease is keeping what you have to yourself. In Matthew 13:12 to the person that has shall more be given and from him that doesn't have even that which he has shall be taken away. Seriously, is any of that supposed to make common sense? Of course not. That's why God's ways are different to ours.

1 Corinthians 2:14-16(NKJV) - But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Unless you are led by The Holy Spirit you won't be able to perceive spiritual things. Therefore, The Will of God for your life is impossible to understand outside of God's Spirit. It just won't make sense if you expect it to fit into your idea of what you should be doing with your life. You might think you know why God sent you to earth but unless you ask Him and are prepared to receive His answer with a humble heart you have no idea. Nonetheless, here's the first step to understanding God's Will.

Romans 12:2(NLT) - Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

You are unique. You can't copy people in the world because they are not the standard for your life. You have to let God transform the way you think and renew your mind so that you will be able to understand His Will. If your mind remains the way it is you won't get it. The truth is that you may already be staring God's Will in the face and not know it for exactly that reason. If you don't see life from God's perspective you can't see what He wants you to do while you're living it. If you want to know God's Will for your life your first step is to start thinking like He does by allowing the truth of His Word and His Holy Spirit to change you.

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Are You Doing God's Will For Your Life?

Matthew 7:21-23(NKJV) - “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Two of the deepest questions on the heart of every human being are; "Who am I?" and "Why am I here?" Regardless of what you accomplish during your time on this earth if you never get the answers to these two questions a void will remain in your life. We won't deal with your identity this week but we will focus on your purpose. If you don't know God's Will for your life or you know it but you don't know how to help someone else discover their own, this week's blog series is for you.

Many will stand before Jesus on the Day of Judgment and list out their accomplishments assuming that He will be impressed. However, Jesus says that only those who do The Will of His Father in Heaven will enter The Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, Jesus is not impressed by what you do if what you do is not The Will of His Father for you.

If God is the owner of the earth and you are the steward He placed here to run it when He returns don't you think He will care about what you did? Of course He will. In fact, every human being is sent to earth for a specific period of time with a very specific purpose that fits into His grand plan. If everyone does their part it will all work smoothly.

Psalm 75:4-7(KJV) - I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn: 5 Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. 6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. 7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

Acts 13:21-23(NKJV) - And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’ 23 From this man’s seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior—Jesus—

Have you been praying for promotion or exaltation? Have you been desirous of a clear path to the top? Do you want to be considered for eternal rewards and heavenly promotion? Let's see how it works in God's Kingdom. Why did God put Saul down and replace him with David? Why was David handpicked by God for the highest position? What does The Bible say in Acts 13:22?

David was a man after God's own heart and because of that God knew that He could trust David to carry out His Will on the earth. Can the same be said of you? Can God handpick you for promotion and exaltation in His Kingdom? God won't promote someone to run anything on this earth for Him if the person is not going to carry out God's agenda.

The world's system promotes those who carry out their agenda so if you are depending on the world for promotion then you need to get with their agenda. However, just like Saul, every single king that has been promoted by this world will be thrown down and replaced by those who have been chosen by God.

1 Corinthians 3:10-15(NLT) - Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. 12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.

The moment is coming when you will have to answer to God for the work you did on earth. Will it survive the fire?

We will continue from here tomorrow.

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It's a New Day! No More Lip-Service

Matthew 15:8(KJV) - This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

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The Secret To Seeing God

Matthew 5:8(KJV) - Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Jeremiah 29:13(KJV) - And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

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Your Heart Is Your Best Gift To God

Psalm 51:15-17(KJV) - O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

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Get Your Heart Right

2 Chronicles 16:9a(KJV) - For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him....
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God Is Looking At Your Heart

1 Samuel 16:7(KJV) - But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
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