Today, March 21, 2019
Clean and Committed
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
When God looks at us, the first thing He sees is the state of our heart. In the next few devotionals we are going to look at several different aspects of the heart—things that must be present in order to experience the richer blessings of God.
• A clean heart. Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Every once in a while I have to clean out the drains throughout our house. It is amazing how quickly they become clogged. If I do not clean them, before long, the sinks get stopped up and the water will not flow through anymore.
If we don’t periodically take time before God to have our hearts purified and cleansed, pretty soon His blessings can no longer flow to us or through us.
• A committed heart. 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV) says, “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”
I believe it is important to be committed to God before seeking His blessings.
God told Moses to tell Pharaoh, “Let my people go, that they may serve me.” Most people want to be delivered from their captivity, but they are not so keen on the “serving God” part of the deal.
The Lord is looking for committed hearts. Does your heart belong fully to Him? If not, commit it to Him today!
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