January 13, 2018
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
he will be the stability of your times,
abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;
the fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure.
“God knows my heart!”
You ride in your car, smelling and looking good, hair done or a fresh-cut, nice pant suit or dress, smiling because you want the world to think you’re ok. But at home you’re drinking tears for water because you’re struggling to keep up with the world but baby, God has never told you to conform to this world for his word in Matthew 6:33 say “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” What sense is it to have food and no appetite, a bed and no sleep, a closet full of clothes with no desire to wear them, feet but no desire to walk, a voice with no desire to talk, hands with no desire to work and a heart with no desire to love? Stop trying to keep up with folks when you should be trying to keep up with God because when you’re down he’ll be the only, for sure, person that you can depend on. If you don’t believe me, get really sick and see how many of your true friends step up. See, while you are trying to please folk, you are forgetting about praising God when Isaiah 33:6says “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.” While you are busy worrying about how folks will treat you if you can’t afford to go out for drinks, they are hoping you say no because they don’t have the extra money either. While you are busy paying one credit card off with another one because you’ve got to go to Macy’s to shop when you know you can’t afford it, your co-worker is shopping at Dollar General and Fred’s, because they know they can’t afford it, but they make their $3 shirt look just as good as your $45 shirt. It’s not about the money that you got that makes you who are you because God surely won’t ask you how much you got saved but he’ll want to know how much you helped folks. God won’t ask you how much you spent at the mall on Saturday but he’ll want to know if you fed folks when they were hungry. God won’t ask you how much your shoes cost but he’ll want to know if you went when folks called. God won’t ask you how much your car cost but he’ll ask if you gave a ride to someone in need. God won’t ask you how much your phone cost and what features it has but he’ll ask if you answered when someone called for prayer. God isn’t concerned about wealth for Mark 4:19 say “but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” When the word of God is unfruitful, then that means you are unfruitful because you are supposed to live by God’s word and if you are not fruitful then it means that everything you touch will not be productive.
We have become so accustomed to material things that we forget about the message. Let me explain what I mean because somebody missed that. We’ve gotten so caught up in looking good going to church that we wear shoes that are too little and now we can’t stand to give God his praise. The dresses have become shorter, so now Deacon No Good is constantly looking at your thighs instead of his bible. The color of the hair has gotten so wild that folks can’t even concentrate on the song that is being song because you’re sticking out in the choir stand with your pink and purple highlights. We are going to the Pastor with all the church gossip that keeps him from meditating on God’s message for him to bring. But Luke 16:15 say “Then he said to them, “You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts. What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God.” While you are worried about your appearance, God is concerned about your heart. Yea, you say “God knows my heart,” but if your heart is filled with the desire to gain earthly riches instead of heavenly treasures, then it’s not pleasing to God. Romans 8:27 say “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” This is saying when you can’t say a word about your situation; let your heart do the talking because God’s spirit prays on your behalf. Haven’t you heard when older folks say, “When you moan, the devil doesn’t know what you’re talking about?” This is what they are really meaning. See, if your heart is filled with God, then you are filled with his spirit so when it comes to a point in your current situation, storm, test, circumstance and life’s journey where you can’t say a word and your heart is right, God still hears you. That’s why the bible says in Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
So, if the mess you’re in isn’t pleasing to God, then you aren’t pleasing to him. If your heart is filled with dirt, then it makes you dirty. If your heart is filled with hate, even though you claim to love, you’re hateful. If your heart is filled with malicious content for a person that did you wrong, then you are just as bad as that person. However you think so are you. If you think that about me, then you are thinking the same thing about yourself so don’t be so quick to say that God knows your heart especially if you haven’t cleaned it in a while. It’s like inviting people into a room that is filled with clothes, trash and dirt; where are they supposed to sit or stand if every part of the floor and chairs are covered? It’s the same with inviting folks into your heart and it’s filled with hate for a boy/girlfriend that left you years ago, pain from something momma/daddy did 22 years ago or despise for somebody who got the job you thought should have been yours. Search your own heart and ask God to remove the stuff that shouldn’t be there and those things that hinders you from being in fellowship with him. But once you ask, you can’t go looking for it to put it back. Read Psalm 51:10 that says “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” When you have a clean heart you give out clean love that is able to come back to you but when you give out dirty love then it comes back to you the same way.Matthew 5:8 says “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Isn’t your ultimate goal, when you die or when God comes back for us, to see God? Then why are you the one blocking your own way? Yes, God knows your heart but if it’s dirty then he’s not in it. With a clean heart you’re humble and with humility comes healing and in your healing comes happiness and when you’re happy you have more and when you have more you help more and when you helpful you heed to God’s word which leads you to Heaven.