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I the LORD Search the Heart

November 9, 2016

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I,  the LORD,  Search the Heart

Some people imagine  that they will easily  make it  into heaven  because they appear  to live  an outwardly  acceptable life  in their estimation.     Other people seem  to think they are pretty nice,  too  —  after all,  they make okay neighbors  and don’t cause  any problems.     But,  the LORD knows us all  in a much more intimate way  and says  in Jeremiah 17:9-10,

The heart  is deceitful  above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?      

I,  the LORD,  search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward  each person  according to their conduct,
according to what  their deeds deserve.

Seeing this,  some will still  be confident  of getting to heaven  because their  “conduct” and  “deeds” are fine.     But,  they overlook  the fact that “the heart  is deceitful  above all things  and beyond cure”.     Many people  fool themselves  into imagining  they are good enough  and forget about any evil thoughts  they have had  —  and the fact  that we are all born  in sin.     People know how  to deceive themselves  and justify  all their evil,  faithless ways.

People don’t take into account  how they disregard the LORD  by not confessing their sins  and asking for forgiveness.     They don’t have faith  in the LORD  during trials.     They don’t love the LORD enough  to pay attention  to His word.     They feel they know better  than the LORD  when they indulge  in their pet sins.     And the list goes on.

But,  when the LORD searches  the heart”  and “the mind”,  He sees  much more truth  than we want  to face.     The “conduct”  and “deeds”  the LORD searches for  are faith,  hope,  and love.     All God’s saints  are sinners,  but they have faith,  hope,  and love.

What does the LORD find  in our hearts  and minds?     When we know  we don’t have  what we should have,  we can ask  our heavenly Father,  and He will gladly  answer our prayer  as we abide  in His promises.

Thankful  for God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for guiding us  in Your love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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