Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Where is your heart?

~Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.

2 Do not be quick with your mouth,
do not be hasty in your heart
to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
and you are on earth,
so let your words be few.

3 As a dream comes when there are many cares,
so the speech of a fool when there are many words.

4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. 5 It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it. 6 Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the temple messenger, "My vow was a mistake." Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands? 7 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God.

Have you ever thought of guarding your steps when you go to the house of God? Usually we don't, but that is so important. God doesn't want us to just come to meet with Him, wherever that may be, and be there half-way. You know what else happens when we don't truly focus on God? It leads to more sin...

~James 4:17
17Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.

When we read our Bibles or do Bible study because it is a duty, we hear the word, so then (obviously) we know what it says; but when we are halfhearted and not focused, we forget to do it. So we... 1. know the word and good; 2. don't do it!

Look back at verse 2 of Ecclesiastes 5.
Sometimes I think I can say whatever I want to God because He already knows what I am thinking. However, we need to remember who we are (no one) and who God is (GOD!) Sure, God knows what is in your heart, but watch what you consciously say to him.

I pray today that you would really make time for the Lord to come into your heart and speak to you, instead of just going through the motions.

In Christ Alone,
Becky :)

P.S.- I can't speak for Madison or Jessica, but I would like some feedback on my writing... constructive criticism. Tell me what you think about my writing- not posts in general (save that for comments.) Please say whatever you want, with two guidelines: 1. Make it private (a PM or email) and 2. Make it constructive, meaning you say what is good as well as bad, but also how to improve. Thanks!

Hey, Jessica here! I agree with Becky, I would love some feedback as well. :)

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