As the new year fast approaches I want to touch on something.
Last week I touched on the importance of humbling ourselves.
If you missed that post you can read it here.
This week I want to touch on the heart. Does God have your
heart? Why am I asking such a seemingly “obvious” question?
Maybe it’s not really that obvious……
It all started when I was singing, “when I lost my heart to you
Hallelujah“from Hillsong United’s new album Empires.
There is a line I kept singing which says,
“You have my heart”
As I kept singing that over and over I thought to myself,
Does He really have my heart??
As I look back at the year I see how I have struggled in my
relationship with Him. My heart has not been entirely here.
I have ignored Him A LOT, got distracted, had times where
I didn’t talk to Him, worshipped other idols…..shucks!
It’s been a challenging year and I allowed the challenges
to come between me and Him!
So as I sang that line I realised my heart was very occupied but
not with Him. God doesn’t want a part of my heart…..
He wants my whole heart!
“I will punish her for the days of the Baals to which she burned
incense. She decked herself with her earrings and jewelery,
and went after her lovers; But Me she forgot, says the Lord.
This passage depicts where I was at. I was the one who forgot
the Lord, I was the one who chased after other idols……
My heart was far from the Lord.
When I had a choice to seek the Lord I would
occupy myself with something else but Him. It breaks my
heart thinking about that. My heart is reserved for God and I
want Him to have it all!
In His mercy and great love He still chases after me! He
hasn’t given up on me. I don’t deserve His attention. I have done
nothing to warrant it yet He still pursues me!
Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
will bring her into the wilderness,
and speak comfort to her.
She shall sing there,
As in the days of her youth,
As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
And it shall be, in that day,
says the Lord,
That you will call me, My Husband
And no longer call Me, My Master,
For I will take from her mouth the names of the baals,
And they shall be remembered by their name no more.
Even though God’s people rejected Him and chased other idols,
He pursued them relentlessly. I am so grateful He chases
after me relentlessly! He is doing the same for you.
Don’t stop chasing after me Lord!
My heart is yours…..!!
Keep your heart with all diligence,
for out of it spring the issues of life.
I was supposed to guard my heart, I was not supposed
to let anything in but I failed, I gave my heart away!
When I think of this scripture
I think of a husband and wife.
A true wife will guard her heart from other men.
She will not allow other men in because she loves her
husband. She doesn’t have to be taught to do that but out
of a deep, unshakable, love for him she will protect her heart
with everything in her. Her heart is reserved for her husband
and him alone!
So it is with her husband. He will not flirt with other women,
he will not entertain the idea of being with another woman
because he loves his wife. He too will protect his heart because
of his love for his wife.
His heart and affection will be towards his wife alone, and
he will not compromise!
As it is with husband and wife it should be so with me. If my
heart is truly His I will do everything to protect my heart.
Yes, I am a sinner and yes I will fail at times but I will fight
to guard my heart because He loves me and I love Him!
I won’t entertain anything else. I won’t give my heart away
to anything else that would take me away from God because
my heart belongs to Him!
I should be complete at this moment and not looking for
something to complete me. He should be enough for me!
He should be all that I need….because HE IS all that I need!
Because of the price He paid I am complete, I am
Where are you at? Does your heart fully belong to God,
or is it occupied with other things?
Have other things crept in and taken His place?
In this coming year make a decision to consume yourself
with Him alone. He is our Savior and He wants all of us,
not part of us!
He pursues us because He loves us.
He has my heart! When I surrendered my life to Him all those
years ago I surrendered my heart to Him. What I need to do is
consistently check myself. I need to constantly check the state
of my heart because the truth is that the enemy wants my
heart as well. he will do everything in his power to have it but
it’s taken! My heart belongs to God and I must guard it. But
I am not alone because the Holy Spirit is with me. He will help me, ‘
and He will help you if that is your desire. And that is so
I am so sorry Lord for occupying my heart with other things.
I am so sorry for chasing after idols.
My heart is Yours so I ask for Your help.
Help me to guard my heart.
help me to keep my heart set on You and You alone!
Take this occupied heart and fill it anew with You….
Just You Lord!
I love You.
God always speaks to me through your writings, Rolain. May He bless you for sharing His Word and these lessons with us.
Thank you so much Hannah! I am so glad to hear that. All glory to Him truly…
We all find ourselves farther than we think at one point or another, but we are never to far from his sight and he gently reminds us to stay close:) Thank you for the reminder!
Amen indeed Nena. He never leaves us or abandons us.Thanks for your words and you welcome!
I can really relate to this, Rolain. My heart has been occupied with other things too. May God draw our wandering eyes back to Jesus, the perfect one who satisfies like no other…
That is my prayer too Ali……Have a Merry Christmas to you and your family! God bless you….
You too, Rolain! Happy Christmas.