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He Sees My Heart

“For the LORD does not see as man sees;
for man looks at the outward appearance,
but the LORD looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7b

My outward appearance is not what impresses God the most. It’s the condition of my heart that He’s concerned with. God watches and examines my heart.

What are the motives of my heart? Is it pure, holy, and blameless? Because the heart is the center of wisdom and the sole source of what affects my speech,my sight, and my conduct, how am I living out my life? Is it pleasing to God? If not, what needs to change?

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.
Put away from your deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you.
Let you eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you.
Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.
Do not turn to the right or to the left, remove your foot from evil.”
Proverbs 4:23-27, NKJV

What are my issues? What is springing forth from my heart? Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control? Or anger, bitterness, hatred, impatience, selfishness?

When my heart is in tune with God’s, I will follow His path. My desires will be His desires. I will see absolutely nothing but Him and my life will reflect that. My behavior, my thoughts, speech, attitudes, actions, and my vision will be all about Him.

When God looks at your heart, what does He see? Is your heart in a condition to be chosen by God for greatness? Or, is there too much selfish pride and ambition filling your heart not allowing even a small glimmer of God’s glory to shine through? Does He need to open up your heart and do some repair work, clean it out, and fill it up with Himself?

Life is too short and God is too good for us to continue living with a diseased heart. Living our lives in the flesh does not please God (Romans 8:8). We must walk in the path that He has set before us, living life completely filled with the Spirit.

Confess any sin you might have in your heart right now that is rendering you ineffective for Kingdom work. God is faithful and just. He will forgive you and cleanse your heart (1 John 1:9).

Oh, Father I desire to live a life that is totally consumed with You. Right now, fill me up to overflowing with Your Holy Spirit so that I, myself, am not at all visible. Wash me; cleanse me. Forgive me for failing You. Mold me and make me into what You desire me to be. I want to be used for Your glory to make an impact on the lives of my husband, children, family, friends, and the world around me. I am Your servant. Amen.


picture used with permission from Lori at All You Have to Give

9 Lovely Thoughts Shared:

Anonymous said...

This is so beautiful. You have a way of putting into words what I am feeling. What a blessing for me this morning. Thank You!

Jenifer said... are precious in His sight!!! Seek after the Lord with your whole heart. Allow Him to clean out all the junk and then re-fill your heart with Himself!!!

Praying for you this day.

Much love,

Nancy said...

Wow.. I am so thankful that I came upon your blog. Love this message. It really spoke to me today. I feel I have just had excuses lately for my impatience: illness, long days, schedule, etc. When really I need to refocus myself on the Lord. So needed to read this this morning. Thank you. Nancy

Jenifer said...

Nancy, praying for you today as you refocus yourself on the Lord. Praying that your heart will be tuned into Him and that you will feel His presence in your life today in great and mighty ways.

So thankful the Lord lead you here. Much love to you!!!


LisaShaw said...

As always you share your heart through the heart of the LORD and it is refreshing, encouraging and a blessing. Thank you. I love you.

Heather said...

This is my new blog!

Jenifer said...

Lisa, love you too, sister!!!

Heather, I love it! It's beautiful!


Heather said...

You always have such great thoughts Jenifer!!

I am having a problem.. When I add a gadget I can't seem to move it down the page to where I want it. Do you know what I mean?

Jenifer said...

Heather, email me at and I answer you that way. Lots of people are having this problem. :o(