A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his/her heart and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45 NIV
Above all else guard your heart for everything you do flows from it Prov 4:23
We have a problem then If a heart is not protected when we pray, guess what is in the heart. All sorts of lies even half truths. So when its time to pray the prayers are all out of shape and its like does God even hear me? Maybe He hears them better than me.
This may shock you but God only wants a sincere heart, not eloquence, length of prayers or titles or past achievements or failures. The truth of the matter is without the shed blood of Jesus Christ no one stands a chance in God’s presence. So when we come to God we must believe that He exists and that if we meet His conditions nothing is too hard for the Lord to perform on our behalf and through us.
Conditions? Yes. Notice the difference between the first Adam and the second Adam Jesus. Jesus lived to honor the father in everything He did and we read God heard Him whenever He prayed. The first Adam worked the earth, but the second Adam lived to do God’s will and bring glory to Him alone. The first Adam did not have an intimate relationship with God as Father, the second Adam Jesus did, even when everyone left Him at His worst hour He was never alone, He always stated I am not alone, the father is with me.
To many God is Creator, not Father. When He is only your creator, the voices and instructions of others or self are more important than what God says. When God is Father, you live in His House (A son abides or lives in the House Forever), you seek His family, you hunger to know His word, you think about Him, all the time, you talk to Him on a regular basis(prayer) and He talks to you about anything. You dont look for food elsewhere because A GOOD FATHER FEEDS ALL HIS CHILDREN.
That is why Jesus says Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Deuteronomy. Jesus adds The words I speak to you they are spirit and they are life John 6:63b And anyone who comes to Me will never hunger nor thirst again Jn 6:35 Takes the pressure off living to impress others to be accepted or to fit in and be celebrated, rather to remain true to oneself with the gift of God on your life.
When you are well fed its not hard to see you dont go looking for food elsewhere…If you are not getting a healthy well balanced diet, you can find yourself tempted to look for happiness in a new relationship, a new toy, a new look, a new qualification, a new income range, a new….the list goes on. Its the hunger of the human spirit, to reconnect with God the Father.
Do you see God as Creator or Father? Its worth finding out for yourself by reading His word starting with the book of JOHN. You have nothing too lose, if anyone suggests to you its foolishness to read the bible, that should make you suspicous in itself, why should anyone be afraid of you finding out about another type of food?
God’s standard for good then is anyone who accepts that His standard of becoming perfect is best. Through rebirth a new life in Christ we are born again spiritually. Its amazing to know you are forgiven and your past has nothing to do with your NOW future expectations. You can expect more than your family background, you can anticipate a better outcome for yourself and your friends and family, you can expect with confidence a great life beyond your wildest dreams. No wonder the impact of this statement.
Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered Psa 32;1
Most stresses of life today are rooted in the feeling of helplessness, am on my own no one to help me Am not good enough how can God even hear me How can I expect better with all I’ve done…and so forth. But when we come to God the Father we can OFFLOAD, For He is always willing to help us in our time of need. In him we discover He is all the help we need, peace and even wisdom on our part to the solution. Have a blessed weekend