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It Is Wise To Request A Divine Assessment Of Your Heart

It Is Wise To Request A Divine Assessment Of Your Heart
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“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” (Psalm 139:23 NIV)

Life is complicated for all of us. Sometimes life disappoints us and breaks our hearts. We cannot always put our fingers on the exact spot where our hearts are broken, but we instinctively know that something is way off somewhere inside ourselves.

It is wise to request a divine assessment of your heart regularly. Ask God to go in there, check things, and determine if your motivations are still pure and if everything is working right. You may be tempted to think that you could figure it out yourself, but don’t be foolish. You cannot. Let’s look at a conversation God had with Jeremiah thousands of years ago:

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“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.” (Jeremiah 17:10 MSG)

It is wise to recognize your inability to diagnose your own heart. God, the Creator, can search the heart and examine our thoughts. We can deceive ourselves and others, but God is not fooled. He knows the truth and will let you know what is amiss.

We cannot have a clear vision of the world around us when our hearts are dark. Jesus taught His audience in the Beatitudes that the blessed life requires an inner world that is in tune with God and His Kingdom:

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“You're blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.” (Matthew 5:8 MSG)

No wonder the psalmist cried out for God to assess his heart! It is wise to do that as you endeavor to get past your anxieties into a life of bold faith in God. When you submit your heart and anxious thoughts to the inspection of the Lord, He can heal you.

Look at this warning regarding the importance of guarding our hearts:

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“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV)

Sometimes we let our guard down, become heartbroken, and need some healing for our hearts. Once He heals your heart, good things can flow again from your life into the grateful lives of others! Ask the Lord for a heart assessment today.

Excerpted from The Daily Christian: Wisdom by Iann Schonken.

Action Steps

  1. Pray this today: “Oh, God, see if there’s any wicked way in me. Transform me, my Lord. Only you can fix my heart. You made the heart. I’m asking you to fix my heart. Oh, God, search my heart. See if there’s anything you don’t like there. Take out what you don’t like. Help me see what I need to see so that your words will find good soil in my heart. Please bring forth a bountiful harvest from within that will benefit others around me. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”