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Knowing His Heart

Knowing His Heart 
For the last few weeks, I have written about God’s boundless heart, His heart of grace, His heart of mercy, and His holy heart. You could say the same things about the heart of God as John said about Jesus in John 21:25, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.”
God’s heart is so deep and so wonderful that it is truly impossible to capture it in a mortal’s words. But that doesn’t mean that God’s heart can’t be known.
There are people throughout Scripture that pursued the heart of God. Enoch walked with God and then God took him home. God called King David a man after God’s own heart. Another person who pursued the heart of God was Samuel. When the nation of Israel rejected Samuel in favor of an earthly king, God comforted Samuel by reminding him, “…they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.” There are countless examples in Scripture but the one that has always stood out to me is Moses.
God revealed Himself to Moses through a burning bush; plagues upon Egypt; parting the waters of the Red Sea; a pillar of fire by night; and a cloud by day. But Moses wanted to know God so much more and he set a great example for us to follow. Moses humbled himself before God and simply asked in Exodus 33:18, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” Knowing the heart of God, even just a glimpse, begins with a simple request. Like Moses, all you need to do is humbly pray a simple and genuine prayer like “Lord, show me your heart.”
Spending time alone with God in prayer allows us to experience Him in very intimate ways. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…”. As you experience God through prayer, your relationship with Him deepens and you can begin to know His very heart.
Balance your prayer with reading and studying the Bible. The only truly objective source that we have for knowing the one true God is the Bible. Take time to open its pages and begin to search for Him. The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself. He has carefully preserved it for thousands of years. Within its pages we can lose ourselves in the depths of the heart of God.
As you read through Scripture, take the time to study Jesus. When God took on human flesh, He gave us further insight into His heart. In John 14:9 Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father”. Hebrews 1:3 tells us, “And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature,…”. Through Jesus, we see His compassion, love, forgiveness, mercy, power, and grace.
We say that we love God and that we believe in Him. Can we truly believe in someone whose heart we don’t even know? Do you want a deeper relationship with God? Get to know His heart. To know even a piece of God’s heart can be mind-blowing and change a person’s life forever.
These are your Words for Wednesday.
Just a reminder that Michael Jordan will be leading a group to prayer walk the downtown area of Fuquay-Varina at 10:30 am. Meet in the parking lot of Fidelity Bank. That evening at 5:30, everyone is welcome to gather at Ballentine Elementary to pray for the Sunday morning worship service. Also, just a reminder that we will gather with Pleasant Grove Baptist in their sanctuary for prayer and worship on Sunday, September 10th at 6:00 pm. Have a great rest of your week!
In Christ,

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