Hearts Not Perfect Before God
"For the eyes of the Lord search back
and forth across the whole earth, looking
for people whose hearts are perfect toward him, so that he can show his great
power in helping them " (2Chr 16:9 tib).
The people in Bible times understood
the heart to be the seat of:
1) the emotions
or affections, 2) the motives, and 3) the
intentions of the person. God is vitally
concerned with these things.
Worldly Affections. If our affections are set on things on the earth rather
than things in Heaven, this offends God
(IJn 2:15). The Bible tells us to love God
with all our heart, soul, mind and strength
(Matt 22:3 7).
Impure Motives. If our motives (or
motivations) are impure like the prophet Baalam (Numbers 23) then God will severely judge us. Baalam bartered God given miraculous gifts for money, fame
Wrong Intentions. Ananias and
Sapphira (Acts 5) were pretending to give
all their money to the work of the Lord, but
were really keeping back much of it for
themselves, because their intent was
wrong, God killed them.
Oh! how we need to guard our affections, motives and intentions to make
sure they are pure. God knows our heart,
"For man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the
heart" (ISam 16:7). We can't hide these things from the Lord. And if we do
not keep our hearts right in His sight, we will not hear God's voice.
Hardness Of Heart "Today if you want to hear his voice, do not harden your hearts ' ' (Heb 4:7).
Unforgiveness Stops God's Voice.
Forgiveness Brings A Return Of God's Voice.
An Unregenerate Condition
Pray this simple prayer: Lord Jesus! I confess
You are my Lord. I believe You bore my sins to Calvary's cross to save me from
sin. I believe You rose from the dead and are enthroned at the Father's right
hand in Heaven. I trust You and Your blood alone to be the full payment for my
sins. I renounce and turn from my sins. [receive Your Holy Spirit to bear
witness with my spirit that I am a child of God. All this I ask in the
Name of my Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN!
When Jesus comes into your heart He
cleanses it and sweeps it free from sin and
darkness, and takes away the hard heart
and gives you a soft and tender heart of
flesh so you can hear His voice.
' 'Your filthiness will be washed away....
And I will give you a new heart — I will
give you new and right desires — and put
a new spirit within you. I will take out your
stony hearts of sin and give you new hearts
of love. And I will put my Spirit within you
so that you obey my laws and do whatever
I command" (Eze 36:25-27 tib).
Disobedience Stops God's Voice
"So then faith comes by hearing the word of God"
(Rom 10:17). Faith can be defined as "Obedient action to what God says." To hear
God's voice doesn't mean just to hear with your ears. It means to respond
obediently to what He said.
Pride Prevents Obedience. A great
hindrance to our obedient response is PRIDE.
Many of us have been held back from
doing what God is saying to us because we
fear what others will think of us if we obey
the Lord. "The fear of man bringeth a
snare "(Prov 29:25). The "fear of man" is
just another expression of pride. Basically,
we don't do what we know God wants us
to do because of PRIDE.
Our carnal mind thinks, "If we try what
God is saying and fail, what will the people
"The Bible says prove all things'
(IThs 5:21). The only way you can prove
something is to try it. You have to take the risk of becoming a fool for Christ's sake."
Don't let pride paralyze you. Try to do
what you feel God wants you to do.
Though you may have some failures —
there will be some successes too. Take the
risk. Step out on faith and attempt great
things for God.
Preconceptions Hinder Obedience. One of the most interesting stories in
the Bible is in 2 Kings Chapter 5. It vividly
illustrates how our preconceptions prevent
us from hearing and obeying God's voice.
Do not let your traditions keep you from
doing what God says. Hear and' obey the
voice of God. Some will despise, oppose
and criticize you. Others will doubt and
assail you. Your pride will suffer. But
whatever! Do the will of God!