Should we offer a place to stay to someone in need? A ride? Money? Or Time? Knowing when to say yes or no can be challenging because of the giving heart we possess in the Lord. Helping when we shouldn’t can enable others to remain stuck in a situation. We could be stepping ahead of God if our assistance becomes permanent instead of temporary.
Our love for others might influence us to respond to their needs without taking our own into consideration. Our heart’s willingness to help doesn’t always mean we should. God leads us based on factors often unknown to us. Boundaries shows others the room allowed in our space. It indicates who we are, what we like and, most of all, who rules our lives. Showing someone else we take the time to ask the Lord helps them do the same. We grow dependent upon the leading of the Holy Spirit as we learn to yield to Him.
In our conversations with others, we quietly ask Him to direct our words and our silences; our steps and our stops; our moving closer or away. We learn to pay attention to the peace and the checkmarks He provides to guides us. We trust Jesus. He intervenes and rescues using His infinite wisdom, from glory to glory!
Psalm 104:9 “You have set a boundary that they may not pass over, That they may not return to cover the earth.”
There is power in agreement. It’s better to have fewer prayer partners who are in one accord, then a large group with members who are not. In this season, God is releasing blessings upon the Body of Christ through our agreement.
Someone can believe the promises of God in their head but not in their heart. The agreement can only be in the hearts. It’s not something we decide to do; either we agree or we don’t. The Holy Spirit is the one who leads us to be in one accord. First, we come into agreement with the Lord, then with one another. We are of the same mind and the same opinion. We hear a truth and settle it to be so. We are in harmony, singing the same note, releasing the same sound and bringing forth God’s purposes.
Whatever desire God has put in our hearts today, let’s ask the Holy Spirit to bring us into one accord. Let’s ask and receive; seek and find; knock and watch every door open that He may be glorified. We shouldn’t spend time trying to have everyone agree with us. We seek and praise God for those He connects us with who are in one accord and we pray with thanksgiving, from glory to glory!
Matthew 18:19-20 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them.”
God looks at our heart, not at our outward appearance. The Lord regards the motives that are behind our actions, and the spirit in which they are performed. He does not see as we see. We have the tendency to pay attention to what is seen, but God knows and moves in and on the unseen.
Externally, we may sing the same worship song, say the same prayer or perform the same acts of kindness, but internally some are genuine while others are not. In God’s eyes, it’s the inward that is real, not the outward. It could also be the opposite: someone may appear not to be singing, praying or appearing in some other negative way–yet be truthful in their heart. An offense may be taken because of the posture, sound or look of another through mistaken appearances. Remember to walk by faith, and not by sight.
In our lives and the lives of others, we pray and trust the Spirit of God to reveal and heal the hidden parts. We humbly surrender and rest in the Lord. We are His workmanship and He knows exactly how to transform us into His image. The inward is being healed so that He can take us onward. Regardless of the outward, we trust Christ in us, the hope of glory, from glory to glory.
I Samuel 16:7 “But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’ ”
God looks at the heart while man has the tendency to look at the outward appearance. Because the Lord Jesus is in our hearts, we are able to increasingly see ourselves and others through His eyes. Looking at the intent of the hearts in relationships helps us walk free from offense and be gracious and merciful.
God sees our hearts. He knows when we love and worship Him with our whole heart. When things of this world are pressing on our hearts, we quickly remember by faith that He is on the throne of our hearts. It is there that we can see everything we care about at the feet of our Savior. When God has first place in our hearts, we have peace with everything else. While others may not hear our praises, see our worship or witness our time spent in the Word of God, God sees and hears our expressions of love.
While some people might only look at our outward appearance, we trust that those who know and are growing in the Lord will have the ability to see our hearts. As we walk in the Spirit, the Lord reveals the unseen to us. We find the Lord in the hearts of others and walk by faith, not by sight, from glory to glory.
1 Samuel 16:7 “But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’ ”
He had been waiting many years for the woman he knew was going to be his wife. In his daily prayers he surrendered the relationship to the Lord asking for His will to be done. Time was passing quickly and the young lady still didn’t respond to his courting. When he asked the Lord to remove his desire for her from his heart, it remained and became even stronger. Anger, doubt and sadness began to fill his heart. God, why did you put this desire in my heart for her if she is not the one? God should I still wait? Hope? Pursue?
What he needed was to recognize and remove his unforgiveness towards God, and to freely open his heart for God to move. Whether it’s a relationship, business, ministry or an endeavor, questions may come forward when what we believed God for doesn’t happen or when the way it happens differs from our expectations. Seeds of unforgiveness towards God are not easily detected. Like all forgiveness, it’s attained by abiding in God’s unconditional love. The moment we forgive love abounds and brings rest in our souls.
We trust Him for every outcome as we walk by faith, not by sight. Time is not a factor. We rest in His ability to bring about the best for us, and for His will to be done as He works all things together for good. Our part is to love Him relying on His care, from glory to glory!
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”