Hey hey hey!
I studied the life of David late last year and as I meditated on my lessons from him, one thing stood out for me- his vulnerability.
You know that sentence”this one doesn’t even have shame”; that’s David when it comes to his relationship with God! The man just never hid anything from God.
One time, I was comparing Saul and David. In human eyes, David’s sins were way more grievous and wicked than Saul’s. But (though many didn’t particularly see what Saul did) God always saw His heart.
I thought about the phrase ‘a man after God’s own heart’. How did David get to that point that God could call him a man after His heart? Thinking about these things always give me a better perspective of people in the Bible.
What I’ve come to learn (and still learning) is that when others went to God in pride, David went with humility. When others tried to hide their sins from God, David cried out to God in humility and confessed his sins. Again, ‘the guy just didn’t have shame’. God was really His Father.
Vulnerability is one virtue we all have to learn when it comes to our relationship with God. Many of us have learned being human the hard way. Lol. We’ve been hurt too much that we’ve grown thick skin and we have promised to fend for ourselves and live life on our own terms. We’ve become our own god and this is dangerous when it comes to how we relate with God.
God can’t work with a persistent hard-hearted, wicked, selfish, proud person. That’s why when we become born-again, God first breaks us and asks us to abandon all we’ve ever known. It’s basically a regeneration of heart when one comes to Christ.
I can’t say it’s an easy process. I’ve been following the Lord for 3-4 years now and I can unashamedly say I am still growing.
Few weeks ago, I gave the devil access to my heart big time! I had broken my fast before time and started feeling guilty soon after. I like to have conversations with God in the toilet at work and many times I went there, I knew God wanted me to talk. He knew how I felt and was calling me to Him throughout that day, but my guilt was heavy!
I didn’t guard it early and this guilt soon turned to pride and even when I got home, I still didn’t say anything like David would have done.
I cried myself to sleep that night and the devil kept putting ‘I’m done!’ in my head. Pride. Pride. Pride. All from my heart.
It was when I woke that I knew I had had enough and God had had enough too! His love was basically like a blanket that morning and as I prayed, my tears flowed. Tears of vulnerability and gratitude for His mighty love.
That morning, I cried out for a heart replacement. The devil can’t do much with a heart on fire for Jesus. I heard that if the devil gives you a cap, he will take your head. So, if he gives you just guilt and you wallow in it, he will soon add pride, shame, selfishness, wickedness, to it.
As a believer, you can’t afford to be content with your heart. Spiritual heart, that is. There’s always space for growth when it comes to our walk with the Lord.
It’s just too dangerous to be keep our hard hearts as humans when God wants to give us free heart surgeries.
I have many stories I can share from this heart matter. We all need heart replacements because our unbelieving/worldly hearts will hinder our spiritual growth if we allow it.
The Bible says in Psalm 4:23, Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of life. (Jealously, hate, unforgiveness, selfishness, fear, ungrateful; all these things come from a hard heart).
I like how NIV puts it: Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23 NIV
I don’t know about you but I want a new heart- one totally unashamedly burning for the Lord. But a new heart doesn’t just happen- it regenerates as we walk daily with the Lord.
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.
Psalm 51:10-12 NIV
Let that be our prayer today- a new heart.
In Jesus name. Amen.
(Kindly study the whole of Psalm 51).
Light and love,
I’ve missed the efamily here and I know many think I ran away. I have to confess that I kinda lost my touch with the blog though. Lol. But I’m back, and praying for grace to be consistent.
Anything I post here is to encourage you to study your Bible and know God better for YOURSELF. My prayer is that anyone who reads this blog goes to their Bible for more.
Not read the Bible and then hold my blog as the standard.
Please, create your time with the Lord. That’s the only way to have your heart replaced.
Have a blessed week ahead.
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