Holiness/ Psalm 119 Study

Where Is Your Heart? 

Where Is Your Heart? Are you struggling to be close to the Lord? Are you running from Him? Here are 7 ways to get your heart right with the Lord.

It seems that it is human nature to never be satisfied with the things of this life. We can have wealth, fancy cars, a 25,00sqft home, with our nails and hair done professionally every month yet we are never satisfied. 

We keep searching, continually trying to find fulfillment in things of this world. 

We are swayed by eloquent preachers, beautiful singers, and the latest cultural fads.

I love this quote, “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”-Augustine. We won’t find rest and satisfaction until we surrender our hearts to God.

David wasn’t swayed by the cultural force of his time. Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God. Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭115‬

He purposed in his heart to keep God’s commandments. 

He knew that there was true satisfaction in the will of God. 

Culture didn’t dictate his faithfulness to his God. 



David made the decision to turn his heart towards God and let Him direct his path.

He was unwavering in this decision, even unto the end of his life he says. 

I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end. Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭112‬

Our devotion to God first begins in our hearts. If we hold back even a little bit then we will surely be lured away by the world.

We can only act the part for so long, sooner or later our true heart’s state will be revealed. The book of Matthew tells us for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Only God can know where our heart is truly at. We can fool all of our friends and family for a time but sooner or later we will cave and fall away from God’s will.

The lie is that we will be satisfied in these earthly possessions. That’s the lie Satan wants us to believe.

Don’t let Satan turn your heart from God. Be bold against sin as David was.

Turning our heart towards God takes action on our part.

7 Steps to Turning Your Heart to God

Examine your heart

Make sure your heart is aligned with God’s commandments.

Is there an area you need to surrender to God? Are you holding back in any way?

Repent from any sin in your heart

Examine your habits and your thoughts. Is there any unconfessed anger or bitterness with those in our life? Sin pushes away from God.

Humble yourself

Let God have control of your life. If we are thinking of ourselves too highly we won’t leave any space for God to lead us.

Deny the cultural force

We won’t find satisfaction in them we will only be restless.

Do right in the small things

So we can do right when the big afflictions  come.

Delight in Him

Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭111‬




Where ‘s your heart? Is it rejoicing over and keeping Gods commandments or is it giving in to the pull of our culture?

Let’s be guarded and protect ourselves!

Let’s give God our heart.

 

Your turn!  How are you keeping your heart turned towards God?

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Beth
    July 22, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    What a great challenge you’ve laid before us, Ana! I try to practice these principles you’ve given on a regular basis. In fact, I’m going to be having a preparatory conversation with someone tomorrow that will lead to something of a Matthew 18 encounter eventually. But I fear that my pride and anger will get the best of me, so I’m asking God to reveal the denial of sin that is probably always with me. I want to be humble, but I’ve been hurt in this relationship (not with my husband, by the way!) so I know how easy it will be to go into this process with a guarded heart and self-protection. I covet your prayers for this and ongoing conversations and steps in this process, my friend!

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      Anastasia Safee
      July 22, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      I will be praying for you, I’ve been in a situation like this before. It’s certainly not an easy thing. Making sure our hearts are in the right place is so vital for these situations. It works out better that way but it is a challenge to not let our flesh win. I’ll be praying for a positive outcome!
      Anastasia

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