According to God, what matters most isn’t our outward appearance, but the condition of our heart. So I ask…what’s in your heart? What spills out for all to see every time life puts the squeeze on you and you find yourself in a crisis? That reveals what’s truly in your heart.
It’s easy to do and say the right things when life is going our way. But when circumstances are pressurized and chaotic, our reaction tends to paint a more accurate picture of who we really are! There is an old saying, “What’s down in the well comes up in the bucket.” On the outside we may all look the same, saying and doing the right things …at the right time… to the right people. But what’s really inside?
Our prayer should be like David’s as he cried out to God in Psalm 139:23 and 24: “Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there be any wicked way in me. And lead me in the way everlasting.”
Knowing your own heart’s condition is critical to fulfilling the destiny God created you for. But, a lot of people are afraid to have God reveal their true heart condition.
They’re afraid because seeing the truth about their heart forces them to face the truth about themselves. They are afraid because they might not like themselves. They fear that the negative things people have been saying just might be true. Our self-esteem is so fragile that, for many of us, if we’re shaken or challenged in any way, we go into a tailspin of failure and a state of deep depression and hopelessness.
Yet, every day, because of God’s faithfulness and love, He reveals our hearts to us. Jesus said in Matthew 12:34, “Out of the abundance of heart the mouth speaks.” A good way to see what’s in your heart is to pay attention to how you speak to others.
Do you respond to difficult people in anger or with patience and love? Do ugly words of revenge spew out of your mouth to people who have hurt you? Do you respond to sudden changes with unwise decisions and harsh judgments? Or do you rest in the promises God gave you?
Knowing your heart is imperative and will help you to:
1. Know your real motives behind what you do and say. It gives you an opportunity to align your heart with God’s.
2. Recognize the many hurts deep in your life and understand your need for inner healing. It will help you to stop blame-shifting and to take responsibility for your own actions.
3. Know your own giftedness and be content and confident in the person God blessed you to be.
4. Get out of denial concerning your sins and repent. Ask and receive forgiveness and truly be set free from Satan’s torment.
God revealing your heart is be the best thing that can happen to you! So don’t be surprised if some crisis or pressure comes into your life and puts the squeeze on you today. God wants to reveal your heart so change can take place in you. His love for you is so awesome that He will take the time to help you know your heart today and every day. As your heart goes, so goes your life! What’s in your heart?