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MONITORING MY SPIRITUAL HEART
You Know Me
"But You, O Lord know me; You have seen me, and You have tested my heart toward You" (Jeremiah 12:3)
As the round "stick-ons" were placed on various locations on my chest, and wires were connected to them from a metal "box," I recognized the signs as preparation to have an electrocardiogram, resulting in a photographic record of the heart's actions. This time I was to carry the monitor on a belt to test what my heart was doing over a period of 24 hours.
Amazing how this bit of equipment could reveal constantly on a graph exactly what was going on in the deepest part of my physical heart! I couldn't feel anything, nor were there any symptoms, thank God.
But what about my spiritual heart? Who can tell what's going on there? "...the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts." (1 Chronicles 28:9) "For He knows the secrets of the heart." (Psalm 44:21) The Great Physician, who knows all things is able to constantly search and test my heart. "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." (Psalm 139:23, 24)
God's "electrocardiogram" takes note of my activities and rest times. Is my heart sluggish because of clogged and hardened pathways made tight by disobedient, stressful ways? Or has my heart been softened by allowing God's commands to guide me, my life's spiritual blood flowing smoothly, creating a steady balance of rhythm and rest made clear through the blood of Jesus? Only God, who knows the secrets of the heart, can tell. "...for You, only You, know the hearts of all the sons of men..." (1 Kings 8:39)
Let's face it. God knows all about us. No use fighting against what's good for us. Give up our own ways and follow the heartbeat of the One who leads and loves us!
Now, take a few moments to read what God expects of us in The Pure in Heart in God's Will In Today's World.