Wow, is that in the Old Testament?

Actually, I knew it was, but so often we tend to think these things are only found in the New.

Okay, here it is.

This morning as part of my devotions I was reading Proverbs 20. The main part of my devotions was about knowing God and Him knowing us and our hearts. And Proverbs 20 talks in a round about way of the same things.

If we turn to Him He will cause us to know our hearts, because if we try to know our own without Him, how will we judge?

One direction will lead us into legalism, being too hard on oursleves, missing our own mark and coming under condemnation. The other direction is towards our justifying what we do for what ever reason we do it, we will excuse ourselves and think we are fine when we are caught in grevious sin. In other words, liberalism. So we need Him to show us how to measure our hearts. And the measure is the Messiah. But even here we have to be carefull and follow His leadings and rely on Holy Spirit and His power in us or we will again end up condemning ourselves.

He gives us ears to hear and eyes to see and if we will not hear or see as He wants us to, that is, if we are willing blind and deaf, He will make us blinder and deafer. Do you remember where it says He hardened the heart of the king of Egypt, well He did that only after the king had hardened his own heart.

It is not an easy way to walk but He gives us the power to do it, He guides our steps and gives us understanding of the way we are to walk. But remember to count the cost.

The most important thing however is that He searches our hearts so He can not only purge our sin but so He can know us and He wants us to know Him.

I have been speaking in the plural, but more than anything else I am speaking to myself.

                     To know Him, to know Him,
                      Is the cry of my heart,
                      Spirit, reveal Him to me.
                      To hear what He’s saying,

                      Is life to my bones,
                      To know Him, to know Him alone.

May our great God and Messiah, Yeshua, bless you today and each day.

Trish

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Weakness

In Sha’ul’s second letter to the Corinthians he records that Adonai told him that “My grace is enough for you, for My power is brought to perfection in weakness”.

What a wonderful comfort this is. Especially when things aren’t going well in your life, for whatever reason. We can turn to Him and say, “I cannot do this on my own, I need Your grace”.

Why do we worry when things are “off”? Is our desire to be in control of our own lives so strong that we ignore God? Sha’ul was content with weaknesses, insults, hardships etc. One translation uses the word ‘infirmities’ in that verse.

Can we be content when our health is not good? Or do we worry? Are we looking to Adonai in this time of financial crisis, or do we worry?

His grace is enough, His grace is enough, His grace is enough. How many times do we need to hear it before we take it to heart?

I try to, every day. Sometimes I succeed, other times I complain. But I know that as I turn to Him, His grace is sufficient and He can turn my mourning into joy.

Trust Him instead of worrying.

Blessings

Trish

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