God has shown us Who He is….and how He feels toward us…..
Jeremiah 10:10, 12 “But the Lord is the true God, He is the living God, and an everlasting King: at His wrath the earth will tremble, and the mountains shall not be able to abide His indignation.
He hath made the earth by His power, He hath established the world by His wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by His discretion.”
Jeremiah 31:3 “The Lord hath appeared of old to me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
……let us grow bold in our trust of Him…..and get honest and show Him all we are, and all we need.
Are we showing how we feel about Him?
Luke 8:15 “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.”
Here is the good and honest heart….
…and it is the only one in the parable of the sower, that produces fruit….the other’s are given the Word…..but do not bear fruit….for they let “things” (cares, worry, and pleasures of this life) interfere with the Word’s influence.
But the honest heart….bears fruit. True it is not the same for everyone…..but it is fruit to God….from us.
If we will honestly face ourselves for what we are…..then grace will be applied to us:
John 1:17 “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
It is not a matter of meriting His help….or earning forgiveness….
…but it is a matter of the heart before God.
Have you come and talked to God lately…..honestly laying out before Him yourself…..your attitudes,….your thoughts—good or bad,……your angry words,…..or gossip…or idols?
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
When it speaks of the heart in scripture….it speaks of our souls.
The issues of Life?
The “issues” are those things which come out of your heart….into your speech and actions.
Jesus said about the “issues” that come from a natural heart:
Matthew 15:18-19”But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnesses, blasphemies:
The “issues of life” deal with those things that have been placed within us by the Lord; those things that we are to maintain and show to others……
….to have and manifest Christ.
Ephesians 3:17-19 “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”
These are the things which counts for time….and eternity….
And they are of the heart….which we are to “keep”…..hang on to….as valuable.
Many know that Jesus loves them….but are we “rooted and grounded” in this knowledge?…..so that it keeps us in the trials of life….in the dark days of trouble and in the bright days of prosperity?
Jeremiah 9:24 “But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me, that I am the Lord which exercise loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.”
If we are to bring forth fruit to Christ….we need to “abide in Him”…..and from that intimate, personal relationship…..we are to grow in knowledge of what His love means to us…..what it does for us….
……and get honest with Him about everything which comes to us….and how we feel about it.
Above all that we guard….we are to guard our hearts….and keep them for Christ Jesus.
They are His dwelling place…for He will abide with them for ever.
They are His clay….for He will mold them to feel mercy for others, to feel love for others, and to be courageous in the face of our everyday days.
They are His throne on earth….for it is through us that He is shown as King.
He has shown us His love for us, by His Son…..will we get honest with Him and manifest Him to others?