Blessed Redeemer, the Ancient One, the Almighty God, You are Alpha and Omega, the Invincible One. God the Omnipresence, Omniscience, Omnipresence. Be Thou glorify. Thank You for another day to be under Your Canopy of love, security and peace.
Here we are again to pour out our heart before our Father, are you ready? Let’s go before the throne of mercy to obtain mercy for such time like this so that our supplications will be accepted before God.
Our Lord Jesus, having ascending into heaven with the glory His Father bestowed unto Him, continue to intercedes for us His beloved having cleans us from all unrighteousness that we may obtain grace to stand to the end.
Beloved, the condition of your heart determines how ready and willing you are to the things of God. We talked so much about it yesterday, it then means that the Spirit of God is pointing us to something and it will be very unwise not to pay attention to His bidding.
Today, we will be praying and asking God to make our heart a fruitful field that will be receptive to His Word. Your conscience is what distinguishes you from other living things. It’s what helps you to distinguish between evil and good. It is where the Word is accepted or rejected as you listen or read the Word of God.
We will be asking God in prayer, to purge our heart of every pain, bitterness, hurt, betrayers and sins, Satan is using to hardening us thereby making us unaccepted before God. As against open heaven, our heaven will be brass (God forbid). With a brass heaven, wilderness is inevitable as your prayer will return back to you unanswered.
Ensure you purge your heart today and begin to enjoy the presence of God everywhere and every day. Praise God!
Let us consider the heart’s condition that guarantees the highest returns so we can switch immediately:
But the seed in the good ground—these are the ones who, having heard the word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it and by enduring, bear fruit.—Luke 8:15
At any time, the receptiveness of your heart will determine your response to God’s word (Luke 8:5–18). If your heart is like the trampled ground, hardened by the sin of bitterness and unforgiveness, you will be unable to accept a message from God. Though you hear the words of the message, you will remain unchanged. If your heart is like the shallow soil on top of a rock, you will accept God’s word in your mind, but the truth will not penetrate your heart to make a difference in your actions.
A heart like thorny soil is a life that is distracted by the cares of the world; the pursuit of earthly pleasures prevents God’s word from taking hold and producing righteousness. The heart that is like good soil receives a word from God, applies it, and brings forth fruit in due time. This is the heart that Jesus desires in us, for the fruit will be a Christlike life.
Any time you hear a word from God, whether through Bible reading, prayer, or worship, the way you respond will depend on how you have cultivated your heart (Hos. 10:12). How do you develop a heart that is like good soil? Repent of any bitterness, anger, or unforgiveness that is hardening your heart. Meditate on God’s word until it enters deep into your heart and not just your mind.
When you read or hear a word from God, apply it to your life and let God bring His word into reality in your life (Gal. 6:9). Protect your lifestyle. See that you don’t devote all of your energy to worldly concerns, rather than to pursuing your relationship with God. The condition of your heart will vary, depending on how you cultivate it. If it was receptive to a word from God yesterday, this does not guarantee it is receptive today.
Daily prepare your heart for the word God has for you and be humble enough to know when you have era and plead for forgiveness. If the great soldiers of old will humble enough before our Maker, what will be hindering you to do likewise?
“Behold, I am vile.” Job 40:4
One cheering word, poor lost sinner, for thee! You think you must not come to God because YOU are vile. Now, there is not a saint living on earth but has been made to feel that he is vile. If Job, and Isaiah, and Paul were all obliged to say “I am vile,” oh, poor sinner, wilt thou be ashamed to join in the same confession? If divine grace does not eradicate all sin from the believer, how dost thou hope to do it thyself? and if God loves His people while they are yet vile, dost thou think thy vileness will prevent His loving thee? Believe on Jesus, thou outcast of the world’s society! Jesus calls thee, and such as thou art.
“Not the righteous, not the righteous;
Sinners, Jesus came to call.”
Even now say, “Thou hast died for sinners; I am a sinner, Lord Jesus, sprinkle Thy blood on me”; if thou wilt confess thy sin thou shalt find pardon. If, now, with all thy heart, thou wilt say, “I am vile, wash me,” thou shalt be washed now. If the Holy Spirit shall enable thee from thy heart to cry
Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that thou bidd’st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come!” (Click here to continue the hymn)
thou shalt rise from reading this portion with all thy sins pardoned; and though thou didst wake this morning with every sin that man hath ever committed on thy head, thou shalt rest to-night accepted in the Beloved; though once degraded with the rags of sin, thou shalt be adorned with a robe of righteousness, and appear white as the angels are. For “now,” mark it, “Now is the accepted time.” If thou “believest on Him who justifieth the ungodly thou art saved.”
Oh! May the Holy Spirit give thee saving faith in Him who receives the vilest. Amen! If you are yet to receive Christ please click here to receive accept Christ now!
Finally, beloved be generous enough to share this week devotional with someone and you will surely be blessed.
Remain blessed in the Lord.