A Man After My Own Heart

Article written by Brother Bledsoe

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23-24

Do you care what God thinks, cares and feels about you? Do you? The Psalmist David did and God called him “a man after my own heart.” In this Psalm David asked God to search every aspect of his life. Are we willing to do that? He wanted the Lord to know his heart. That is important because if He has our heart, He has you and me. Jesus said in Mark 7:20-23,

“That which comes out of the man, that defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

You can see why David wanted God to search his “heart,” for if the heart is pure, the entire person will be pure.

Can We Control Our Thoughts?

David also wanted God to search his thoughts. Before evil gets in one’s heart it gets in one’s head. Can we control our thoughts? We can control what we hear, see and think. What we see and hear is physical but what we think is a decision. We can close our eyes and plug our ears to evil while what we think is determined by what do with our mind. If we continuously think evil of our brother and sister, we will probably do something against them because it will filter into our heart. We must rebuke evil thoughts through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God and the love of Christ.

No Sin Shall Enter Heaven

Finally, David asked the Lord to see if there be any wicked way in him and lead him in the way everlasting. Paul wrote that Jesus was coming back for His church and that it would be without spot or blemish. There will be NO wickedness in the church that ascends to meet the Lord. We know from the Word of God that NO sin shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. Heaven will totally pure thus we ought to do as David did; invite the Lord search our hearts. A week ago we were given a blank slate for the year 2020; what will it look like at the end of the year? It will be whatever we make it to be through the help of the Holy Spirit or what it ought not be through sinful thoughts and activities. It is up to each of us, amen.

Pastor Jim Bledose - Prayer ministry and weekly devotion author at Life Church in Phoenix
Brother Bledsoe
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