Monday, December 26, 2011

Scripture of the Day - December 26, 2011

JOEL 2:12 ...turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning...
13  And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness...

God wants your heart. He is not interested in our outward signs of religion for He sees the oft times hypocrisy of it all. Ah but we like the pomp and the ceremony, we like the outward actions... perhaps because it takes the focus off the inside workings of the heart. If I dress right and talk right and go through all the ceremony then I'm doing okay. Nothing could be further from the truth. Religion that is not of the heart, that is not pure, is worse than's dangerous. There are going to be many souls attempting to go through those pearly gates one day only to be rejected. There are going to be many who will say but..but...but...listing all the things they did and Jesus is going to say I never knew you. 

God wants your heart but we are often unwilling to give it. To give God your heart you must purge it of the dross, you must probe deep and clean out every crevasse. This is a humbling experience which many are not willing to suffer through.  We would rather do things that puff us up and make us feel important. But what we have to understand is that apart from true godliness our religion is in vain, nothing more than a sham and mocks the God who will not be mocked.  

God wants your heart. Why don't you give it? Let the Holy Spirit move in your heart. It will be unsettling at first but when God is finished you will be able to soar like the eagle, you will run and not be weary, you will walk and not faint!

~Mary Hynes~

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