Thursday, March 30, 2017

"Our Heart" - 03/30/17 - 1 Samuel 15-17

"God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.” (16:7)

"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."

There are persons in this world who have to go to bed each night exhausted.   It is very hard for me to imagine living a life in total pretense of whom you are projecting to the world, from whom you really are.  They can become quite adapt at fooling others.  They will manipulate, cover up their lies, play the blame game, bullying their way through.  Life is all about them and what they are able to get out of it for themselves and they don't care who they have to chew up and discard in the process. 
The world's measuring stick is all about "self". 
We live in a society where "who" you are, not "whose", is the statuesque. 
Often times the questions usually asked upon meeting someone are  "What do you do?",  "Oh, are you related/know who.....?",  "Where do you live?",  "You are friends with......?" 
And if you have the right answers - you have a new "friend". 
Then think about the different reactions received when it is obvious we are Christian.  Some persons are okay with this, others run the opposite direction.  And some will ask the same questions as before - "which church do you belong to?",  etc. 
Either in using it or by it, we all fall victim to the world's measuring stick at some time or the other. 
I find there are many moments I am reminding myself "whose" I am, not "who". 

Particularly in times of sharing company with persons who are bullies.  The times when I am the only one in the room who isn't on board with the bully and their puppets.  The times when I am attacked and told I am in the wrong even though I know I am standing strong "in" Him. 
Scripture instructs us not to judge where a persons soul is going, but we are able to judge their fruits.  It is through their fruits their hearts become known. And always, in all ways, The Truth does and will prevail. 
Sometimes the evidence of a persons fruit comes out right away and with others it may take years, even generations.  This is why it is in God's hands to seek vengeance, revenge.  He is bigger and in total control. 
And for those of us who are His, we are safe. 
 From anything or any one. 
The eyes are the window to the soul.  If you stop and look closely, if you really listen and watch - a persons heart - it isn't hidden.  Some persons may think it is, but through our actions, choices while living this life - what fills our hearts is seen.  
Still.  We are not to judge their hearts - only their fruits. 
For we "in" Him, it is only because of His Grace and Mercy our own hearts have been transformed.  Be it from a distance or up close and personal, we are to continually pray for and love the hearts of those who are becoming stone cold in their walk away from our ABBA.
We are to constantly Love them to Christ. 

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