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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Capture the Heart"

Date published: 09/05/2016
 
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (NIV) 

   I strive to always be careful to not follow my heart, but God. I try to be aware of the weaknesses of my flesh. I attempt to avoid temptations and pray into areas of danger. These habits have served me well when I follow them.  But I was struck last week by how often the Scriptures tell us to examine ourselves. King David in Psalm 26:2 shows us the importance of involving God in this process, “Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.” (NIV) This verse re-emphasizes the wickedness of my heart and the dangers that surround me. It also reveals that my battle with sin is beyond my strength and totally dependent upon God. David was very direct with the help he needed from God – He asked God to test him, try him, and examine him. David’s words also indicate that the insidious nature of sin is not just a potential threat, but that it is probably already woven into the fabric of your life and mine. As David spoke this Scripture, I can almost see him asking someone to beat the sin out of him! He wants nothing to do with it. 

   It would be naïve to think that sin has not already become integrated into our lives. Knowing this you must more aggressively enlist God’s help in dealing with sin. Proverbs 20:27 gives you a glimpse of God dealing with sin, “The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.” (NIV)  

*         Take sin seriously. Give God your life and time to root sin out. 

*         Give God time each day in your quiet time to reveal sin or temptation. 

*         Pray into your day asking God to sharpen your awareness of sin, protect you, and strengthen areas of weakness. 

*         Spend extended time in prayer and Bible study. 

*         Ask God to not only reveal existing sin, but to also expose inaccurate beliefs that can be quicksand for sin to occur. 

*         Search the Scriptures for uncovered sin that has been revealed, so that God can further penetrate your life with His truths. 

*         Through reading the Word, meditating on God’s truths, and prayer, allow God to not just search you for sin, but also to penetrate your heart with His truths and love.

*         Allow God to root sin out of your life. Your relationship with Christ is ultimately your best defense. Sin should be like an abrupt intrusion between you and your love for Jesus.

Jeremiah 17:10 "I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve." (NIV) 

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