Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Undivided Hearts

Compromise—at times that action may be necessary between warring nations or even a husband and wife, meeting halfway and making a deal. Other times it may mean a weakening of resolve or damaging a reputation. Take a look at words synonymous to compromise: undermine, weaken, damage, harm; jeopardize, prejudice; discredit, dishonor, shame, embarrass. Now think about your relationship with your Heavenly Father. Is it compromised in any way?

Have you ever made deals with God? Or have you ever made a deal with something worldly, giving up part of your spiritual resolve to follow Jesus and weakening your faith? If you have, then you’re a sinful human as we all are. We all sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Read more about us sinful humans:

“There is none righteous, no, not one;
There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God. 
They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.” 
“Their throat is an open tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit”;
“The poison of asps is under their lips”; 
“Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood; 
Destruction and misery are in their ways; 
And the way of peace they have not known.” 
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”  Romans 3:10-18 (NKJV)

Wow....seems harsh, but at times we’ve all turned away from God. Compromising our relationship with Him or failing to put Him first allows other loves to invade our hearts. Other loves begin to jeopardize our love for God and our spiritual lives are damaged. When our spiritual lives are damaged, we lose godly fear of our Creator and Savior. Once we lose respect and awe for God, we open ourselves up to things that run contrary to God. We then undermine our relationship with Him and bring dishonor to His name. Our hearts become divided, and divided hearts cannot worship our Lord and Savior in spirit and in truth.

Focus on the last sentence in the passage from Romans 3—“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Do we fear God? Do we stand in awe of Him? Do we revere and respect who He is? If we continually give reverence to our Heavenly Father, then we never compromise our relationship with Him! YET....if we happen to slip up and bring shame to the relationship, He is merciful and faithful to forgive us if we return and repent of our wrongdoing (1 John 1:9). 

Read Psalm 86 below with your heart and mind centered on God. Repent of anything that distracts your total devotion to Him. Offer Him a contrite heart and worship Him with your cries of repentence. Know that with Him there is forgiveness and lovingkindness.

Bow down Your ear, O Lord, hear me;
For I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am holy;
You are my God;
Save Your servant who trusts in You!
Be merciful to me, O Lord,
For I cry to You all day long.
Rejoice the soul of Your servant,
For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.

Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
And attend to the voice of my supplications.
In the day of my trouble I will call upon You,
For You will answer me.

Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord;
Nor are there any works like Your works.
All nations whom You have made
Shall come and worship before You, O Lord,
And shall glorify Your name. 
For You are great, and do wondrous things;
You alone are God.

Teach me Your way, O Lord;
I will walk in Your truth;
Unite my heart to fear Your name.
I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And I will glorify Your name forevermore.
For great is Your mercy toward me,
And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. 

O God, the proud have risen against me,
And a mob of violent men have sought my life,
And have not set You before them.
But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious,
Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.

Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me!
Give Your strength to Your servant,
And save the son of Your maidservant.
Show me a sign for good,
That those who hate me may see it and be ashamed,
Because You, Lord, have helped me and comforted me. 
Psalm 86 (NKJV)

When it comes to our relationship with God, we can’t compromise. We need undivided hearts as only God can give. We need His strength, His resources, and His work within us to unite our hearts for His purposes. We need to put things in the proper prospective, fearing the Lord our God and offering Him our undivided hearts. Then our relationship with Him will grow and we will worship our Heavenly Father in spirit and in truth. 

Teach me your way, O Lord,
    and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name. 
Psalm 86:11 (NIV)    AMEN!

The Lord favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindness.  Psalm 147:11 (NASB)

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