Jun 18

Prepare your heart…

prepare your heart



And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD. (2 Chronicles 12:14 KJV)
If we just take a moment and reread this verse; what does it say to you?

To define evil in the Hebrew it means bad, disagreeable, malignant, unpleasant, giving pain, misery, displeasing, sad, unhappy, hurtful, unkind, worse than worst, wicked, vicious in disposition. I define evil because many of us would never think of ourselves doing evil.
Look what this says…he did bad things, he was disagreeable, unpleasant, gave pain and misery, sad, unhappy, hurtful, unkind…does this describe us at times?
Many of us would say, yes I have done these things; many would say I really wish I didn’t, couldn’t, or wouldn’t do them anymore. Many would say; I don’t know why I do what I do. Now I could go into a counseling session of how to get to the heart of the matter, however, it really can start today without counseling.

Rehoboam is the “he” in this verse and he did evil….because…he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.

Today is a great day that we can all start by being intentional on how we treat others by simply purposing it in our hearts to seek after the Lord. You may say I do that, or what do you mean.

When we are struggling, or identify something is rising up in us that is not a good thing…STOP and ask God for what you need in that moment…whether it is wisdom, a hand over your mouth, self control…whatever it maybe that we may feel like we need help in…ask Him!
At the end of the day, we are responsible for our actions and our words, regardless of what happens to us. We are to exemplify Jesus…kindness, love, gentleness, compassion, understanding…faith. In reality many of us have failed at this at one time or another, right!? I bet if we traced it back we weren’t seeking the Lord like we should have…we were seeking to please our flesh instead. Somehow we can be really good at justifying what feels good for us.

Look at this, just a quick glance; Rehoboam abandoned the Lord and His ways and the kingdom followed him in his sin. The Lord is extremely upset and says: You abandoned me, so I am abandoning you. Rehoboam and Israel hear this and humble themselves and say; the Lord is right in doing this to us!

How many of us who sin in our hearts with our attitudes and our miserable actions and then become upset with God when the consequences come? We ask God, why? Here is a king that abandoned God but recognized when God was ready to abandon him that God was right in His decision.

Folks, God hates sin, pride, and every evil way. God is forbearing and longsuffering. However, there comes a time when God says, enough is enough. Will we have enough sense to be just with God and humble ourselves and take accountability for how we act? Regardless of what we encounter if we bellyache, moan, and complain like the world…if we get angry, defeated, vile in our words, and full of negativity is that not evil? Do we look any different than the world?

Did Joseph curse and moan those around him when his brothers sold him into slavery and then added another seven years of injustice being in and out of jail. He remained faithful and trusted God. Joseph prepared his heart to seek the Lord. Job lost more than any of us…I don’t know anyone who lost what Job lost…Job never cursed God.

Today, regardless of our circumstances may we consider humbling ourselves to seek the Lord for our help? May we give God the right to chastise us for our disobedience and rejecting His ways? If we are living miserable lives we may need to ask ourselves why? Many may say; we have asked why? Maybe we are waiting for an easy answer and put the blame on God, rather than really doing some self examination of what we are doing and why.

Sometimes we mask our hurts by “doing” and trying to jump into “service” ill prepared. If our hearts are not right with God, we are in jeopardy of sinning more because now we are covering up our heart issues and masking them to others as if we are fine. God wants our hearts, all of it. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. God is not a God that will be mocked; we will reap what we sow. Watch how we act in front of our children, they will live out our sin right before our very eyes. It will be to their detriment. Let us be honest and humble before God. Let us be real and give God a break and thank Him for being just in how He deals with us. Let us live out our lives with great trust that He is in control. Prepare…prepare…let us prepare our hearts to seek the Lord.

With much love for the brethren~

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