Jan 23, 2012

Monday SHINE....

Today's reading 1 Samuel 16:
 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20samuel%2016&version=MSG

As I sat down to read 1 Samuel this morning, I was anxious to see what would happen next.  We left off with Saul losing God's favor over lack of obedience.

As the chapter unfolded this morning, I was drawn in to the events taking place. Oh, man, did the Lord speak to me this morning through this chapter.

What stands out the most is this verse:

"But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7

Girls! Does this resonate in your hearts?

How many days have I been so caught up with my outward appearance? How much have I spent on trying to "look" like what the world expects me to look like?

Do we not try to please others with how we look, how we dress, how we "appear" because of the standards the world has set for us as women?

Okay, if this doesn't resonate with you, how about this:

Do we try to look as if we have it all together spiritually? We go to church, attend a bible study, memorize a few verses, tell people we are praying for them....

But, girls, what is the condition of our hearts?


What's going on in these little hearts of ours? The part of us that others cannot see. The part of us that truly defines who we are.

God is only concerned about the heart, sweet loves.

Girls, if we can truly get this, lives will start changing. God's hand will start moving like never before.

What's going on in that pretty little heart of yours?

Tell the Lord today that you want a purified heart. You want a heart that pleases him. You want a heart like our friend, David.

The great news is, we are on our way girls. We are soaking ourselves in the Word of God, which brings a heart change like no other.

We can sometimes be blind to our own hearts, because we are so conditioned by this world. However,  God's Word brings truth and gentle conviction. Praise Him.

My prayer every day over my husband is this: "Please let Lem have a heart like David's, the wisdom of Solomon and the faith of Abraham."

It all begins and ends with the heart, girls.

Let's pray for a heart like David's for ourselves. A heart that reflects the Glory of the Lord in all that we do.

craving a changed and purified heart,

jill





8 comments:

michelle said...

Absolutely love starting my mornings in "community" with God's word...Praying for this community and EXPECTING great and mighty things in the name of Jesus...Shine on girls!!!

Terri Abbott said...

Psl 19:14 - 'May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.' HE IS OUR ONLY TRUE REDEEMER. HE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT SEES THE HIDDEN CONTENT OF OUR HEARTS. WHERE CAN WE RUN TO THAT HE IS NOT THERE? Psl 139:8 - 'If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.' THERE IS NO WHERE THAT HE IS NOT WITH US. Matt 28:20 - 'lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.' Girls, He is our maker, our redeemer, the lover of our souls, He KNOWS the content of our hearts, He KNOWS our every move before we make it. We are/will NOT be perfect, the only perfect one is Jesus, but we need to give ourselves to His examination and ASK HIM to point to and lift any unsightly part of our heart that is not pleasing to Him. When He does, (and He will), we need to YIELD to removal of that very thing. He is taking us from glory to glory, GET ON THIS RIDE, it's the best ever, TRUST Him for one step, then the next. The Word further tells us in Acts 13:22 that God found David 'a man after mine own heart, who shall fulfill all my will'. Lord let it be said that we open ourselves to you and trust you to place your finger on any area of our heart that does not please you, give us courage to trust you with our lives and our very own hearts, then like David, we will please and fulfill the will of You. He IS a personal God and He IS faithful to work in each of our lives and it's a GOOD thing. Let Him..... Run to the Rock and along the way when you meet 'the roar' of the enemy (and you will), remember He is with you, keep running, He is there.

Rebekah Hudgins said...

I am so glad to have the chance to read this Book of Samuel. Our youngest son's name is Samuel and when we were thinking of using this name, my mother said, Samuel was such a godly man and he crowned King David. I am glad to get to know his story and his heart. He kind of acts as Saul's Holy Spirit here, he comes to Saul after mistakes and reminds him of his disobediance and how he got ahead of God's will. I was just thinking, what if I had a Samuel in my life, what would he tell me? What am I rushing to control without waiting for the Lord? What am I shining up to make it look like God's best when I am giving him what's left over? God knows our hearts, even if we try to manipulate and justify our actions or thoughts. Almost obediance continually jumps off the page to me.

"What would Samuel tell me today?"

Purify my heart, Lord, I want to see you.

Krischa said...

Thus why I for the longest time would just "say" I was praying for people. To look spiritual in some ways but so wanting to remember to pray for them. Now I take those words serious and if I say I will pray for you...I mean it! Not to make you think I am so holy and all together but to let you know that I value you and so does God. Loved today's reading and loved meeting everyone yesterday! SHINE ON GIRLS....especially on this gloomy day!

Kelly George said...

Hi everyone, I am joining the group a little late, but I used this past week to get caught up, and I am so very thankful to have found such a wonderful and inspiring group of women with whom to share God's word. I am reading The Everyday Life Bible by Joyce Meyer, and I have found her "life points" throughout the Book to be very helpful.

Here is what she shares (in part) in regards to 1 Samuel 16: "It is possible to put up a good front and still have an impure heart. It is also possible to be dealing with personality problems or bad habits on the outside and still have a right heart on the inside...If we want to have success as Christians or be used by God as leaders in His kingdom, it is important that we get in touch with our inner lives and our heart attitudes. Our motives, thoughts and feelings need to be consistent with God's heart..." (page 445)

I look forward to sharing in this journey with you.

Kelly

Jill said...

same here, Krischa. i do not take those words lightly anymore. what i do now is say a prayer as soon as someone asks me to pray. i take it straight to the Father, right then and right there.

Lord knows my mind is so forgetful..if you are my friend, you KNOW this about me. :)

God knows this about me too...He loves us just the way we are. as long as our hearts are ready and willing to serve and obey, we will certainly SHINE in His eyes. <3

so happy to meet you Krischa..I cannot wait to see you again! :)

Jill said...

welcome, Kelly! thrilled that you are on this journey to know Him better with us!

thank you for what you shared...Joyce Meyer has been a HUGE part of my walk. God has used her to touch my heart in so many ways. I am so thankful for her teachings.

so true...we will never be perfect. in fact, as we will come to read, David was FAR from perfect. yet, He still had a heart like the Lord's. wow. now that's encouraging!! :)

Women Who Pray said...

Back from Fla. today...all caught up with 1 Samuel...interesting the way David could minister to Saul with his harp...even making the tormenting spirit leave as he played...I'm loving this study...enjoying all of you shine girls...shine on and on!!! :)