Monday, February 23, 2015

12 “Even now,” declares the Lord,
“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning.”
13 Rend your heart
and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity.
So many of us think that if we just behave ourselves that God will be OK with us.
If I just don’t cuss this week.
If I can just not look at porn again this week.
If I can just be nice to my wife and kids…then everything else will look good in my life.
The bad news is that this will never work. Trying to mold your behavior in order to find some type of spiritual peace is NEVER going to work.
All this will do is bring frustration and anger…because it can never be accomplished in our human effort.
Can I let you in on a little secret? God is not concerned with your behavior, really!
I thought that he was…well not really.
What God really is concerned with is YOUR HEART!
He wants your heart!
Here is the thing…if God get’s your heart….your behavior will follow!
My wife NEVER has to worry about me cheating. She does not have to try and shape and mold my behavior in our marriage.
She has my heart. I’m IN LOVE WITH THAT GIRL! I want to cause her joy. I want to make her happy.
IF she did not have my heart my behavior would be inconsistent with my verbal commitment. But she does…so I’m committed to her!
If Jesus has your heart, then your commitment will be to HIM and HIS causes…he does not have to chase you like a cop to shape and mold your behavior…you will WANT to please the Father.

Stop trying to mold and shape your behavior into what you THINK God wants, and start TRUSTING what God has already said he wants from His word for you.

You will sleep better this way


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