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Unite My Heart

July 20, 2017

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Unite My Heart

When Jesus called us sheep,  He made a very accurate description.     Sheep are afraid  of anything different  from another sheep.     They feel protected within their own flock  of sameness.     A mother ewe  is about the only one  that will accept  a black lamb born  to her.     The rest  of the flock  aggressively avoids  that black lamb.

People are also afraid  of being different  from the people around them  and they do avoid anyone  who is too “different”  from their main group.     They want  to become a part  of a group  and will do most anything  to remain a part  of that group.

Such a fear  often leads people  into sin.     For example,  if the people at work curse,  take God’s name  in vain,  and tell off-color stories,  the fear  of being different  will often lead one  to begin doing the same.     Fear  can lead a student  to cheat  to keep face  or even  to purposely do poorly  to remain a part  of their particular group.     An employee may follow  a boss’s demand  to be unethical  because he’s afraid  of losing his job.     They all console themselves  by claiming  that everyone’s doing it  and they don’t want  to suffer the consequences  of being different.

Then  there are superstitious fears.     A number  of athletes  are known  to keep  some sort of lucky charm  with them  during every game  because of their fear  of losing.     They almost seem proud  of their superstition,  never acknowledging  its silliness.

We see fears that often leads people  to become  promiscuous,   dress immodestly,   become a bully,   a drunkard,   or a drug user.     The list could go on and on.

The question is,  of what good  are all these fears?     They’re good  for nothing.

That is why  David prays  in Psalm 86:11“Teach me Thy way,  O LORD;   I will walk  in Thy truth;   unite my heart  to fear Thy name.”

“Unite my heart…….to fear Thy name.”     What an important prayer  for everyone.

Only a united heart,  a singleness of heart,  can have a decent respect  for our LORD  and His authority  in our lives.

All these earthy fears  and superstitions  give us  a divided heart.     We see that God is good  and it would be nice  to be good like God…,  but,  we’re afraid  of what people think.     Really!     We know God cares  for His children….,  but,  just in case  He doesn’t give us  what we want,  we’ll carry a rabbit’s foot  in our pocket.     (Unlucky rabbit.)     We know the wicked  will suffer eternally  in hell….,  but,  we’re afraid  of what they might do  to us  if we don’t follow along with them.

All these fears  are a divided heart.     There is only One we need  to fear,  respect,  and hold  in total awe.     That is the Lord God Almighty,  our Savior  and Redeemer.

When our hearts are solidly united  under this one fear  (respect),  we will be strengthened  to live the way  God teaches  in His holy word.      With a united heart  that fears only  our LORD,  we will be open  to His truths  to see all their beauty,  goodness,  and glory.     With a united heart  that fears only our LORD,  every kind  of sinful behavior  and superstition  will become repulsive  to us.    What a way  to go!    The light’s on.

A united heart  becomes strong  to sing God’s praise,  give thanks  in all things,  and glorify God’s name  in all situations.     A united heart is settled  in the free fullness  of our Lord’s lovingkindness.

Jesus put it this way  in Matthew 6:22-23

The eye  is the lamp  of the body;  so then  if your eye is clear,  your whole body will be full  of light.    But if your eye is bad,  your whole body  will be full  of darkness.     If then  the light that is in you  is darkness,  how great  is the darkness!

People might think  they’re pretty cool  and safe  following the crowd  and worldly ways,   but Jesus says  that is a great,   horrible darkness.     Their “coolness”   is evil.     Not cool.

The united heart  and single eye  are an honest fear  of the Lord only,  leading to eternal life  in Christ.

On earth,  Christians are black lambs  —  different,  rejected by the world,  but dearly loved  and protected  by our heavenly Father.     So,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for uniting our hearts  with Your eternal word.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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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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