I often wonder do i keep a tight enough eye on my heart. You see sometimes the heart and the head do not agree. My head tells me I am fearfully and wonderfully made,but my heart complains over every bump and blemish. Why am i not taller? why not slimmer?why not blonde??. In essence is my heart saying that what God has given me is not enough, that his works are not up to my standard?
Does my heart crave to grow to glorify God, or to glorify me?
I ask this question because of a conversation i had today with a fellow blogger and friend. I expressed a wish to be able to communicate thoughts as some of you do. I yearn to have the humility and grace you have. But why? So that others will say "shes good",or to say- God is good.
Jeremiah 17 v9 tells me that -the heart is deceitful above all others, and is exceedingly corrupt.
Now that made me stop and think. I need to be very careful of the motives of this heart of mine. My hearts desire should be to decrease as he increases.
It should be to want more of Him and less of me.
My head and heart need to agree- and both need to be in line with scripture. i suppose i cant trust my heart, so i need to weigh it against what God wants of me.
So today I pray that God will bridle wants of my heart against the will of Him.
I think one of the enemy's greatest tricks is to get us to compare ourselves to others. I love the verses where Paul talks about us all being part of one body and the eye saying to the ear, I don't need you, or the toe saying to the hand, I don't need you (whew! that's a gracie paraphrase if there ever was one! lol).
If I were just like you, then one of us would be unnecessary.
I thank God for the gifts that you have, and the gift that you are!
Hey Beth ,,great points about the head & heart,,i know alot of times in my life had i listen to my head...i would have been in so deep. but thank God he knows our hearts better than we do. and can change a heart if we let him in. we have to open that door for him to work on the heart..We are all a piece of God's big puzzle... And you fit right where he wants you.. Stay true to his word,and he is so faithful to us.....
Love ya in Jesus Christ Anna ,,,,stay in his word and you cannot fail :class:
Amen..! We all have to find ourselves complete IN HIM. Before any and everything else! We get so caught up in the world,... that's why it's so important to renew our minds daily to God! I find that praise and worship help a lot..
There's a problem. Out of the heart can come good and evil. But that's not the question here. God says in Proverbs 4:23, " ...Above all guard your hear, for it's the wellspring of your life...", One thing for sure that you should not become bitter because you can keep up with so and so. Thanksgiving for the way you are right now is the right thing to do. Maybe you are not the godliest person, but a self hate campaing is not the answer, your soul is all you've got and you just got to be thankful.
Sure you can improve on many things and turn away from sin, but God put us in earthen vessels so God can get all the glory. Godliness with contenment is great gain to everyone. You cheerful smile can do more to a neighbor and your body that all the medicine in the world. Avoid stress and give thanks for all the kind successes and all the kind failures to God everyday. May you be helped. Amen.
It is amazing how we can have head knowledge and it doesn't sink down to our heart. My problem is a fearful heart, when my head says "The Lord is my light and salvation Whom shall I fear? my heart is trembling. The presence of fear is a lack of faith and it is my most besetting sin I must fight against. My armory is Philippians 4, it reminds me to pray and give thanks to the Lord and remember even though things may happen I am fearful of, He is in control and sees further then I can. I, too, am so glad you are here at CB. I enjoy your honest blogs and your dear love for the Lord.
again thanks for all your comments. They are always appreciated. I think like a car my heart does need an overhaul at times to keep it in shape.
Graca and Andrea you are always way too kind, thankyou
Petra. nice to me as always lol
Tohimbeglory-you did make me chuckle, but don't think you intended it.
In my country when we say that someone is not the godliest of people, it means that they are certainly not to be trust and probably a little too fond of breaking the law. But taken in the spirit it was intended brother.
OH Bethy, Bethy, Bethy you are like a kindred spirit to me!!!! I feel the same way, it's as if i wrote that blog, you are beautiful inside and out. I always hated that especially in school. The problem is that people in the world DO judge by the world standards. Everyone is thinking it but nobodys saying it!!!! Thanks for telling us whats on your heart.......:wink: God bless U Bethy
If I can make anyone smile thats a banquet, but then if I can bring out a chuckle, well that outright a celebration. May you be blessed. We all love you in the Lord. Amen.