2 Chronicles 16:9
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong in behalf of those whose hearts are blameless toward Him. You have done foolishly in this; therefore, from now on you shall have wars.” AMP
God is looking for a perfect heart! We tend to confuse God’s idea with our idea of perfection, which is usually based on performance. Performance is not how God measures things, he measures the depths of your heart.
He is looking for someone he can show himself strong to. He is looking for someone with a blameless perfect heart.
God would rather have a person who has a blameless heart then someone who does everything perfect but has a bad heart attitude. The Sadducees and Pharisees had the perfect performance down as seen by the people. They fasted publicly, and they followed the feasts and rituals religiously but Jesus said their hearts were full of wickedness.
Matthew 7:22-23 “Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name? And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].” AMP
The Lord doesn’t measure your heart on your good works but he measures how much of Him actually resides in your heart. He has to have Lordship in your heart for you to really know him—beyond the nice prayer we say with our lips. Many times our own hearts can even deceive us if it has not been transformed by the Holy Spirit. It does this by making us think we are okay. We can think about God or good things all we want but until we actually let God’s Word take root into our heart, it will have no effect on our spiritual walk or even our salvation.
We don’t even need to focus so much on correcting actions if we are focusing on correcting our heart because as our hearts are being filled with the Lord, our actions will naturally change. We won’t have those same wicked desires that we once had for things that are ungodly.
Like the Sadducees and Pharisees, it is possible to work on having perfect outward actions and still have wickedness in your heart. Attempting to be perfect in your own strength will only end in frustration and defeat because if we could do it on our own, we wouldn’t need Jesus!
How do we know what is in our heart? How do we “obtain” a perfect, blameless heart in God’s eyes? How can we tell if our own heart is deceiving us? These are some questions we are going to address and answer over the new few issues of this newsletter using Scripture. There is a lot at stake here when talking about matters of the heart in our personal lives and in our spiritual walk. Studying this is very important in figuring out why we act the way we do.
Stay tuned and check back as we continue to dig into the heart.