Pastor’s Piece on the Master’s Peace #88

Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. (NLT)

FRUIT & FIBRE – Patience #4

            The principles so far this week have been 1. Is it wise to wait for Gods Direction.  2. It is wise to wait for His timing. 3. It is wise to wait because God uses waiting to prepare us for the answer. 4. It is wise to wait because waiting strengthens our faith.

            Today the fifth principle:

            IT IS WISE TO WAIT BECAUSE GOD SIFTS OUR MOTIVES

            Who can truly know the heart of man? It never ceases to amaze me the depth of stubbornness I can exhibit when what I want is not necessarily what God wants. The problem is that as a Christian it can lead nowhere good. It causes our hearts to harden.

            In writing about this, one of my favourite authors and pastors, Charles Stanley states. “Let’s be honest. We all want things the way we want them. We all want what we want when we want it. I am more comfortable when things are the way I like them….the tension comes into play when what we want is not what God wants. Refusal to act on the truth time and again will corrode the heart of the believer until nothing can melt the hardness.” (Stanley : Handbook For Christian Living P.129)

            It is wise to wait because God sifts our motives is a crucial principle to understand and here is why. When we are willing to wait, we are saying to God, not my will but Thine be done. Not my timing, or manipulating of the situation, but waiting until it is clear that God orchestrated the situation.

            It is in the position of waiting that God has the opportunity to search our hearts. Maybe my motive for wanting something is because I don’t want to face something currently in my life. Maybe my motive for wanting my way is for personal accolades and recognition. Maybe my motives are based on pride and personal gratification. Waiting on God forces me to allow Him to examine my heart.

            Very seldom, in fact I feel confident to say that the heart never reveals it’s true motives to our minds. This is why as true believers we need to ask God, through the Holy Spirit to reveal the true nature of our hearts. The Spirit is truth. He is very comfortable with truth, our hearts are deceitful and wicked. He will bring to light the true motive behind our thoughts.

If we allow God to sift our motives, it is amazing what we learn about ourselves through this waiting period. Wanting things and asking God for things is not wrong in and of itself. But God always knows our motives. Ask yourself, “Why do I want this? Ask God to reveal your heart. Believe me, He will.

            But:

            WE MUST BE INTENTIONAL:

            If you and I do not set time aside every day to allow God to examine our hearts, we may get comfortable with saying “No” to God. If that happens, then our hearts begin to harden. We must not grieve the Holy Spirit. We must not quench His working in our lives.

            Take time today to    s  l   o   w      d   o   w   n    and invite God through prayer and meditation to examine your heart. I have given you two verses in todays theme to meditate on. Read these verses and then ask God: “What are You saying to me in these verses?” (Write down what He reveals). Then assure Him of your obedience and be willing to confess any sin He brings to mind.

           

           


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