Psalms 119:32 | I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!
Seriously? Is this really right? Living with a proper sense of urgency and direction can happen WHEN and only WHEN God enlarges my heart? WHEN GOD creates space in my heart only then will I live with the urgency and direction as determined by the commandments of God?
I guess so.
Everything rises and falls on the size and spaciousness of my heart and only God can change my heart.
My desire and ability to obey God’s commands rest squarely on God’s shoulders. The way to a life of outward fruitfulness and peace and obedience is through my heart, a focused and true and spacious and free heart! The kind of heart only God can give.
My part is to surrender to God and accept how He wants to renovate my heart. I come to God with my agendas and desperation’s and misguided attempts to get what I so much desire and simply stand… bow… surrender.
- What does a whole heart look like?
- What does a focused and quiet heart look like?
- To what or to whom does my heart drift when all is silent… when all is quiet?
This morning you Holy Spirit are after my heart. You are actively creating new space in my heart for new affections, renewing my heart, refocusing my heart.
This is the only way into the life and destiny uniquely mine to live.
Obedience really is better than sacrifice” because obedience only happens when my heart has been made new.
Maybe the apostle Paul is speaking truth when he says it is God who works in a man not only to DO the will of God but to WANT TO DO the will of God.
As I read over what I’ve written, it all sounds familiar. I’ve heard it all before. And yet the simple truth of “I WILL… WHEN YOU…” seems to only now be making tiny inroads into my everyday experience.
How I long to live in that place of surrender and rest where God is expanding and enlarging my heart with His resurrection power… with His world changing love… with His acceptance and affection toward me.
Jesus, open my eyes today to see you. Open my ears to hear you. Give me the courage to not settle for a lesser than life but to rather grab hold of you and the life you have given me to live. My declaration today is, “WHEN YOU…I WILL!!!”
Over and out!
Philippians 1:6 | And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 2:13 | for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13 | For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.
Hebrews 13:20-22 | Now may the God of peace [the source of serenity and spiritual well-being] who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood that sealed and ratified the eternal covenant, equip you with every good thing to carry out His will and strengthen you [making you complete and perfect as you ought to be], accomplishing in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Zechariah 4:6 | Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.