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Sensitivity to God’s Heart

27 Feb

Heart Cloud

 

I came across Amos 6:1-7 in my personal reading and Amos is a prophet lamenting the issues of the Israelites who are becoming comfortable and self-centred; leading lavish lifestyles at the expense of others. They were leading comfortable lives with materials and consumerism at the expense of an enriched life with God. They were insensitive to God’s presence.

Throughout the Bible, stories are ripe of people who followed God but then abandoned his ways for wrongdoing, distractions or temporary pleasures. This isn’t the issue; the issue is when these people go even deeper and become oblivious to how they are conducting themselves. They seem to have dampened their conscience in order to continue partaking in their wicked lifestyles. In the Old Testament, there are many stories of this pattern with the Israelites and to make matters worse, they were God’s chosen people!

I began to question to God as to why these people and people today seem to lose focus easily? What is it that makes people do evil easily and to continue doing it? What causes people to move away from God and not be bothered by it? In one statement God revealed why – “They don’t have sensitivity to my heart”

As people do things that are not of God’s ways or heart, they begin to dull their senses and sensitivity towards God.

Let’s imagine a well. This well holds a never-ending, inexhaustible flow of water. Once people drink from the well, they are fully refreshed, invigorated and know that they cannot get enough of it. This well becomes their source for quenching their thirst daily. Now these people find other wells have popped up and although they are not as good as the original well, they are still thirsty and decide to drink from it because it is convenient for it is nearby.They fill up their tank but with a different source of water and as they do this, they drink less from the original source. In a way, they have lessened their desire to drink from the well that truly invigorated them and start to settle for the sub-standard well for it is easy and convenient.

In the same way, when we fill our capacity with the things of the world that are not of God, we lessen our capacity to be filled from the fountain of God. I believe being in a place where one is completely immune to the touch of God and completely dulled to the sensitivity of God is the most scary and dangerous place to be.

A great example is King David. King David was a man after God’s own heart, sensitive to His presence; worshipping with all his heart. There came a situation where he committed adultery due to putting himself in a compromising situation. Instead of responding to the grace of God, he began to dig deeper into trouble because his sensitivity was dulled. King David began to commit even more evil deeds as he found out the lady he slept with was pregnant. He attempted to get best friend and the husband of the woman he slept with, Uriah drunk so Uriah may believe he was the father of the baby. When that didn’t work; King David plotted for Uriah to be killed in battle!

A man so close to God’s heart, yet conducted these actions and commands without any compassion or second thoughts. All because his sensitivity was dulled. King David eventually found his way back to God but damage was caused and consequences were faced.

In many ways today, our sensitivity can be dulled. Especially when we are consuming so much of the world and not enough of God’s presence. Let us become more sensitive to God’s heart by seeking him today. As we do this, we begin to grow in the ways of God, carrying His spirit, displaying His values and extending His grace and love. That is when God becomes undeniable to the world because He is reflected in your life.

I am not saying that we will become perfect when we drink from the fountain of God. We will make mistakes; but being closer to God, we become more responsive towards God’s grace and less inclined to remain away from God presence when we do momentarily step off track.

What fountain are you drinking from today? Are you sensitive to God’s heart?

I know that I want to be in that place where I am truly sensitive to God; where my heart beats exactly to the rhythm of God’s heartbeat. Do you?

 

 

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Asa’s Principles

25 Jan

And Asa

I loved coming across Asa who is the great-grandson of King David, in 2 Chronicles 14. Asa had taken up the role of King after the death of his father Abijah, and before that, Rehoboam and Solomon. All these Kings struggled to live out their kingly duties in the ways of God. Solomon became comfortable and distracted by life’s luxuries. Rehoboam got greedy and tried to gain more power and more influence than what he had and brought division in Israel. Abijah was quite wicked and not fully devoted to God (1 King 15:3).

The first thing we hear about Asa in this passage is “Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord”. What a way to be introduced and remembered in the Bible! Especially after a history of Kings failing to live up to standard in their privileged responsibility.

I began to investigate further as to what Asa did that was good and right. Thus creating ‘Asa’s Principles’

  1. Asa removed, smashed and cut. (2 Chronicles 14:3)

Asa set out to destroy the things that were not of God. He removed foreign alters, smashed ‘sacred’ stones, and cut down Asherah poles (A goddess). This was an act to remove distractions or any obstacles in knowing the true God.

What do we need to remove, smash or cut in our lives? Is it a devotion to something else? An addiction that we indulge in? A limitation we have placed on ourselves? A stronghold in our life? Remove, smash and cut what is not of God.

2. Asa set the standard (2 Chronicles 14:4)

Asa commanded his community to seek God. After removing everything not of God, his next action was to make everything of God the foundation of the community. He also commanded them to obey the commandments and live in the ways of God. This was the standard Asa placed on himself and his community.

What are you laying down as the standard, the priority or the commandment in your life? Is it to seek God? Is it to follow His ways? or is it simply to attend Church on a Sunday Morning? When you set the standard of seeking God daily and living in His ways, your lives will be transformed greatly and richly blessed with His presence and love

3. Asa built up (2 Chronicles 14:6-7)

After Asa had rid of everything not of God, set the foundation of knowing God and seeking Him, Asa built the city up. He fortified the city, armed the men because he knew that the city and people were standing on the solid rock of God’s promises.

When we establish God as the foundation of our lives, we are able to build upwards and allow God to truly work in us and as a result, outwork through us. God begins to reveal promises, develop fruits in our lives and lead the way for us to follow.

These are Asa’s principles. I pray that you will be richly blessed in reading this and reflect upon your own life as to where you could apply any of these aspects. If you feel you are disqualified because of the things you have done, remember that these principles came into place because of the mistakes the previous Kings made; this didn’t disqualify Israel but rather enabled someone to come in and make the necessary changes after responding to God’s love and mercy. I pray that you will be a person that can be introduced as someone who “did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord”