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How's Your Heart?

"But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’" Acts 13:22 (NLT)

We have read many times that David was a man after God’s own heart. (1 Samuel 13:14)

We learn a valuable lesson from Acts 13. We cannot do the will of God if we do not have His heart.

Throughout David’s life he remained open for God to examine his heart, which allowed him to reach God’s potential. On the other hand, Saul was a king who pursued his own desires. As a result, he was replaced by David.

As I meditated on this scripture God showed me a person giving me a ball and telling me to throw it. He then said, “How far the ball travels will depend upon your heart.”

Scripture defines the “heart” as your inner self, the seat of your feelings, soul, passions, desires, appetites, and affections. So how do you ensure that your heart is healthy? The health of your heart is dependent on your willingness to surrender.

The Passion Translation states David is “a man who always pursues my heart and will accomplish all that I have destined him to do.” Acts 13:22

One commentary explains David as a man who failed God, but he always made his way back to the place of confession and repentance. God was not looking for a man who was perfect but a man whose heart was after His. God replaced Saul with David, because he did not have a surrendered heart.

So how’s your heart?

Today ask the Holy Spirit to examine you and find the things that are out of alignment with His heart. As He shows you, I pray that He increases your desire to surrender and follow Him.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23-24

CO-PASTOR DR. ELMER HESS, JR.

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