by: Creflo Dollar
What would be your answer if asked, “Do you have a heart for God?” A heart for God is one that is concerned only with pleasing Him. It describes a person who puts God’s Word and will above all else. Whatever is most important to you will show in all you do. What drives and motivates you from day to day? Is it the accumulation of material wealth or are you truly seeking to become what God has purposed you to be?
The heart of a man is his spirit. It is the place where your life force exists. Just like the life of an oak tree is housed in its roots, your spirit, or heart, houses your life and determines what comes out of you (Proverbs 4:23).
Matthew 6:21 declares, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Locate what you treasure and you will discover what has become the focus of your life. If your house, car and monetary wealth are your treasures, then you’ve located what is most important to you. If God is your treasure; if He is your prime focus and desire, then your heart is with Him. When you keep Him first in your life, everything else will follow (Matthew 6:33).
What I want you to understand is, it doesn’t matter how religious you act; what is in your heart will be revealed through every word you speak and action you take. People’s lives are touched when you demonstrate God’s love and obey His Word. Shouts of “Hallelujah” don’t mean a thing if you are harboring unforgiveness and strife. God doesn’t judge a man by what is on the outside; He looks at the inner man.
First Chronicles 28:9 reveals God’s relationship with man and his heart, “And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts…” There are a lot of Christians who boldly say God is the head of their lives, but when you examine their hearts, the truth is far from that confession. In fact, I can tell where a man’s heart is just by looking at his checkbook and calendar; because where he spends his money and time will tell me everything I need to know about his relationship with God.
Do you want to develop a heart for God? You can by first examining yourself and honestly locating what has become your focus. Prioritize the issues in your life according to God’s Word. This takes a conscious decision on your part. Ask God to make you sensitive to His plans and purpose for your life. Meditate on the Word, so His promises can take root on the inside of you. Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and make the choice to make God your priority. When you seek the things of God, eventually your thoughts and desires will align with His. Focus on the Father and His Kingdom. When He becomes the center of your life, you will have every good thing He promises you.
Think about what is most important in your life. Don’t allow the things of this world to overshadow God or His Word. He knows all hearts, including yours; and when He begins to search you, the question is what will He find? What will He find sitting on the throne of your heart, which was intended for Him alone? Have you replaced Him with other things such as material wealth, selfish ambitions or relationships with people? Decide today to make a mark on this world by maintaining a heart that is focused on pleasing God only.
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