Scripture | Luke 6:45
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil; for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
The other day I was presented with the opportunity to be honest with myself as a believer. The situation of which I speak challenged me to show that the Word of God was not just something I talked about, but something I lived from my heart. I was forced to take stock of what was truly in my heart. I not only had to say what was right, I had to do what was right.
When situations and circumstances start to put pressure on our mental, physical, financial and spiritual life, God challenges us so He can see what our response will be. Do we respond with love and patience? Do we pray before setting out on a course of action? Do we set a positive example for others, or do we act in a way that introduces more pain and chaos into the situation? In other words, is our faith merely a figment of our imagination or is it genuine, heartfelt and guided by the Holy Spirit?
What we really are in our hearts will spew out when God puts the squeeze on us. As a child of God, I welcome a squeeze from God, from time to time. It keeps me aware of my continual need for His grace and mercy. It provides me with the awareness of my need for daily restoration and it keeps me humble. We are all vulnerable without the protection afforded us by the Holy Spirit. God will not squeeze us harder than we can bear. But if you are truly one of His children, He will squeeze you. If you have never felt Him squeezing, you might want to examine your relationship with Him. I did!!!
Dear Heavenly Father, during this time of fleshly denial, I need to know that my faith is grounded in You and Your Word. Please continue to squeeze me because I do not want my religion to be a pretense. I wish to be forgiven for sins that I knowingly committed and those I failed to recognize as sin. Please allow me to set an example that others can follow, and that You expect from one of Your children. Please let everything I do and say edify You. Thank You for Your grace and favor. Amen.