God Lives in Your Heart
Joel 2:12-13 “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.”
Above anything else in this world, God wants your heart. When you accept Christ as the King of your heart, your heart becomes His dwelling place. His Spirit lives inside your heart providing you with guidance and direction. Ironically, this is the same place where sin is manufactured. We often hear the phrase “Jesus take the wheel” but are we fully surrendering to His will wholeheartedly?
Surrendering your heart to God requires full submission, trust, and humility. This is a difficult area for most of us because we naturally want control, lack faith, and swim in pride. Pride is a snare and a trap. It is the very thing that kicked Satan out of heaven. All of the obstacles and deterrents from the enemy have one purpose, which is to draw you further away from God. If Christ has already won the battle on the cross, then all you are doing is running to the finish line. He is there to encourage you to keep going but unfortunately, Satan is also there to distract you. This is why it is very important to know when God is speaking through your heart.
Hear, Listen, and Understand
John 7:38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”
Jesus likened His followers to a herd of sheep. His sheep know His voice and do not follow a stranger’s voice. If you hear something that is not of God, you should know it in your spirit. It’s called discernment. This takes time and spiritual growth to develop. As you begin to humble yourself before God, (admitting that you don’t have it all together), get to know and trust Him more, His voice inside your heart will become clearer and more apparent.
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