A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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“For David says of Him, ‘I SAW THE LORD ALWAYS IN MY PRESENCE;
FOR HE IS AT MY RIGHT HAND, SO THAT I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.  ‘THEREFORE MY HEART WAS GLAD AND MY TONGUE EXULTED; MOREOVER MY FLESH ALSO WILL LIVE IN HOPE;  BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT ABANDON MY SOUL TO HADES, NOR ALLOW YOUR HOLY ONE TO UNDERGO DECAY.  ‘YOU HAVE MADE KNOWN TO ME THE WAYS OF LIFE; YOU WILL MAKE ME FULL OF GLADNESS WITH YOUR PRESENCE.’  – Acts 2:25-28

Our focus today is on verse 26:

“Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue exulted; moreover my flesh also will live in hope;  – Acts 2:26

Is your heart glad and your tongue exulted???  Are you living in HOPE today?  If your answer is YES, let God know why.  So many times we know we have joy and hope from the Lord, but we forget to be grateful and thankful to God for it.

Praise God today for the blessings in your life.  The book of Acts is called that because it’s about the acts of the Apostles.  Part of putting feet to your faith is being honest with God in good times, bad times and everything in-between.

Are you living in the land of HOPE?  This sermon was preached in 2014 – but the meaning is still the same.  I HOPE it will be a blessing to you as it was to me.

Have you taken your life, and the fact that you have had the opportunity to live it a good long while – for granted?  Today’s post is a reminder to let God know you appreciate His blessings and that you acknowledge that it is HIS grace and mercy that has brought you this far.  He has a wonderful plan for your life – so live your life with renewed strength and courage.  God has good things in your future and mine.  Live in the land of HOPE because that is God’s will for you.  🙂

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.  Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.  Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.  Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.  Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.  Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.  Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.  You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.  My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.  – Psalm 51:7-17

David asks God to forgive him with a broken and contrite heart.  You know, once you have experienced forgiveness from Almighty God, you are obligated to be forgiving toward your brothers and sisters.  Forgiveness is a part of being a man or woman after the heart of God.  ❤

We don’t just forgive others because we’re supposed to – we forgive for our own peace of mind.  What possible good does it do to harbor ill will toward anyone?  It just festers and gets ugly inside – and it ruins your good humor and your good health.  For Pete’s sake – forgive.  It may not change them, but I assure you – it will change you.  It will lighten your heart and your outlook on life.  ❤

If you can’t imagine forgiving someone, think of this…  they are going on with their life and not even thinking about it, more than likely.  Why shouldn’t you?  Why let that unforgiveness take up valuable space in your heart and not pay rent?  Get rid of it.  Give the bad feelings to God.  He can take care of them.

Is it easy?  No, it isn’t always easy.  Sometimes you can’t forgive toxic people until you walk away from them completely.  I was in a situation like that.  I was hurt so badly that I couldn’t imagine hashing it out with that person – so I walked away.  I didn’t leave a note or a message of any kind.  I was so upset and there was no hope of resolution.  I have no regrets about it at all.  My peace of mind was restored and my life improved immediately.  If I were to see that person, I’d still not offer any explanation for my action.  I did what I did with a clear head and a very clear conscience.  God does not expect us to stay with toxic people.  We walk away and pray for them from a distance.  ❤

Ideally, we should try to work things out with folks and pray for one another.  Did you know that once you start praying for a difficult person in your life, you are not able to dislike them anymore?  It’s true.  God is bigger than all our differences as people.  ❤

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Forgiveness is one of the hallmarks of a mature Christian.  If we want a heart like God’s, we need to be forgiving.  Our Lord has been so willing to forgive us, hasn’t He?  Can we be any less forgiving of others?  ❤

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’  – Acts 13:22

Happy February!  This is the month when hearts are seen everywhere – heart-shaped candy, heart-shaped cards, heart-shaped everything – actually that is valentine-shaped, because as we know, an actual heart is not the same shape as a valentine.  ❤

We could talk about valentines, but this is not the valentine hunger blog, it’s the heart hunger blog.  The heart is the seat of everything – thoughts, attitudes, emotions and ultimately, actions.  David was made king and was a man after God’s own heart – wow.  Was David a perfect man?  Oh no.  Was he forgiven and allowed to move on, having learned some very painful lessons?  Oh yes.  Our God is a God of second chances.  If you’ve been a Christian for any amount of time, you know that one thing for sure and for certain.  ❤

We fall down – we get up.  The saints are just the sinners who fall down and get up.  ❤  We don’t have to be perfect, and in fact it is not possible for us to be perfect.  But we believe that God will help us when we mess up so much that we are ready to give up.  That is how David came to be known as a man after God’s own heart.  ❤

Nothing we accomplish is done on our own.  We give God all the glory and honor for every success in life.  If it seems all you are doing is going around in circles and getting you nowhere, ask God to help you.  He will take the heavy load you bear and make a clear path for you.  God has a plan for every life, and He will help you find yours.  ❤

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Isn’t February, the month of heart-shaped everything, the best time to find out about the heart of our God?  We know from this portion of Scripture that He recognized David as having a heart like His…  I can’t think of a better compliment, can you?  I want to know more about God’s heart and strive to have a heart just like His, don’t you?  ❤

 

2 SAMUEL 7:21 ON 7/21

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For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.  – 2 Samuel 7:21

Here are verses 18-21 (MSG):

 King David went in, took his place before God, and prayed: “Who am I, my Master God, and what is my family, that you have brought me to this place in life? But that’s nothing compared to what’s coming, for you’ve also spoken of my family far into the future, given me a glimpse into tomorrow, my Master God! What can I possibly say in the face of all this? You know me, Master God, just as I am. You’ve done all this not because of who I am but because of who you are—out of your very heart!—but you’ve let me in on it.  2 Samuel 7:18-21

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The sake of God’s word…  what is more solid than that?  God’s humble servant has low thought of his own merits as he prays from his heart.  He is thankful to God for making him king of Israel and blessing his future and future generations with things that are freely given of God.

God is so near and wanting to lead you in His marvelous way.  He wants to “let you in on it…”  (v. 21).  How do we respond to His presence in our lives?

Do we acknowledge the promises of God?  Are we truly grateful for all the wonderful and miraculous things He does in our lives?  I wonder if we even stop to notice most of them.  When we are suddenly impressed to zig instead of zag – and can’t put our finger on the exact reason – do we ever stop to think that it might be A GOD THING?

Many times we don’t stop right in the moment to thank God for His divine intervention in our lives.  I know that I often thank God in hindsight – after the time has passed – sometimes a long while afterwards…  I’ll be sitting quietly, just thinking back.  It will hit me just how closely God stayed to me during difficult days.  I cry out and thank Him for looking out for me.

I thank Him for the friends He sends my way just when I need them.  I thank Him for working every step out for me before I take it.  He walks ahead of me and clears the path.  He works all things out for my good and I wouldn’t change the relationship I have with the Lord for anything this world has to offer!

Angels watch over me and God’s Holy Spirit leads me through life situations and circumstances I know would be impossible for me to get through without Him.  He sees me through and blesses my life.  His provision is perfect, and  I thank Him for loving me so much!  🙂