Psalm 119:57-60 (NLT)
Lord, you are mine! I promise to obey your words! With all my heart I want your blessings. Be merciful as you promised. I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow your laws. I will hurry, without delay, to obey your commands.
Wholeheartedly. It’s Valentine’s Day so naturally I am reminded of the love that fills my life. The Lord seem to continually pour more love all around me. This year has been landmark. Moving from one season to the next is always challenging even when surrounded by the Grace, Goodness and Favor of God. Last year, I posted a picture from our daughter’s wedding that contained what I now understand are only the beginnings of the workings of the Lord in our life. I reposted it today because not only do I see survival but now I see a thriving family. It’s funny how the same picture changes with our perspective. No longer do I see people who just made it but in each one the changes, growth and development as Jesus begins to yield harvests from our labor and toil. How His Light is shining through the dark days that are just a distant memory now. There is life after death…death after self…when your whole life change in an instant. Idols are burned by the all-consuming fire of God’s Love and Intervention in our greatest moment of need.
Wholeheartedly. I cannot explain transformation and change when it is a matter of the heart. At times it is earth shattering, mind blowing and seems to be the very thing that breaks us, but then taking all the broken pieces to the Lord, He takes each one making a masterpiece that didn’t even seem possible with the wreckage left behind. He makes all things beautiful in His Timing. This is all based on the Eternity in our heart. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Today I am surrounded by so much love and affection. The Lord has granted me my heart’s desire of a loving family and healthy children. Yet in my heart there is a call to give just a little bit more. From this place of beauty is a longing to break off one more piece of my heart and give it to Jesus. It is the least that I can do.
Is there more of me to give? My life’s goal is to surrender all of me to Jesus. Every single day. Every possible way to live in full and complete submission to my Lord and Savior. It is not in the words that I speak. Or the many things I try to do for Jesus. Or even in my best intentions. It is ultimately achieve by giving Jesus all of my heart. All of it. Today I come to Him on Valentine’s Day and say, “I give you my whole heart today.”
Deuteronomy 6:4-6 (NLT)
“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.”
The Lord is my only god today. I have not been able to say that every other day. I do not serve gods or idols as graven images but there have been times when there were things that took His Place. There have been personal agendas and goals that have detoured my pursuit of His Presence. There have been rabbit trails and squirrel distractions that have taken me off course chasing my own ambitions rather continuing to chase the Lover of my Soul. Today as I gather the pieces of my heart, remind my soul, gather my thoughts mustering up my strength. I bring it all to Jesus again and say, “I commit my life to you!” Maybe you are very committed and devoted to Jesus today. You know His Word. Seek His Face. Serve in ministry. Giving your life away physically, spiritually, emotionally and even resourcefully. There is always more to give the Lord beginning with our whole heart. The heart is fickle. It wavers at time. God will take it. Just like that, He scoops up our giving and makes it into something wonderful and complete.
Deuteronomy 11:18-21 (NLT)
“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.”
The Word of God is the mirror which we check our appearance before the Lord. My husband and I have been married a long time now. There are certain things that I know he tends to favor in my appearance. I think that every wife should try to be pleasing in her husband’s eyes. It may sound old-fashioned. Who cares? After more than a decade almost two, my husband loves me more today than he did yesterday. It gets better every day. When we come to Christ, do we come disheveled with sin? Are we like a race horse that has been run hard and put away wet? See we are given a mirror to check our appearance before the Lord? In it is carefully detailed all the attributes that He desires most. It always begins with our heart. The Lord judges no book by its cover but delves into the very contents of our being. When was the last time that you opened God’s Word with the intention of discovering what it was that He desired of you rather than seeking what you desired of Him? Wholeheartedly. Wholehearted pursuit of Jesus begins in His Word.
Deuteronomy 26:16-19 (NLT)
“Today the Lord your God has commanded you to obey all these decrees and regulations. So be careful to obey them wholeheartedly. You have declared today that the Lord is your God. And you have promised to walk in his ways, and to obey his decrees, commands, and regulations, and to do everything he tells you. The Lord has declared today that you are his people, his own special treasure, just as he promised, and that you must obey all his commands. And if you do, he will set you high above all the other nations he has made. Then you will receive praise, honor, and renown. You will be a nation that is holy to the Lord your God, just as he promised.”
A wholehearted life is a careful life. I must care about what Jesus desires of me more than I care about my own natural pursuits and desires. When faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation of our life, home and introduced in all of our surroundings, it is then that we begin to experience those things associated with our new life in Christ. Words like success, flourish, thrive and receivership begins to operate in our life. We sometimes get so lost in our cause for Christ that we do not see all that the Lord is doing around us. Wholeheartedly removes that which keeps us from seeing, praising and honoring the Lord for all that He is doing in us and through us. When we decide to give Jesus our whole heart, He fixes it, fills it and completes making it worthy of His Hand. The Lord will never leave you in your present condition if you give your life to Him. Every part surrendered to His Love, Grace and Compassion must be perfected.
Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NLT)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”
Yes, the Lord has a plan for your life. Yes, it is good containing a future and hope. Yes, He will answer you when you pray. Yes, Jesus can be found by us. BUT there is one condition that we often overlook. He can only do so much with a part of our heart. The total summation of His Glory and Favor fully executed and experienced in our life is when we come to Him WHOLEHEARTEDLY. If you want more, you must give more. There is a catch. There is a condition. Not to His Love which is truly unconditional, but to have what freedom and liberty offers requires a heart free to love. It cannot be attached to sin and darkness but surrendered to the Light of His Love for fulfillment, completion and full satisfaction. Jesus is a gentleman so His Spirit is, too. He only comes when invited and only enters when welcomed.
Philippians 2:1-2 (NLT)
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
Wholehearted agreement is promoted among like-minded people. When we find other believers who love Jesus wholeheartedly, it empowers and equips us to grow deeper in His Love. We should not forsake fellowship with other believers. One must be careful the company they keep. If your friends and fellow Christians do not pursue Jesus above all things it is unlikely that the fire of passion will burn strongly in our personal pursuit. The cord of three strings is not easily broken. We must engage with others who are likeminded so when we need encouragement or a helping hand up it is there. Not every church believes in wholehearted faith and trust in the Lord or they would desire selfless giving, radical obedience, and strict adherence to God’s Word, Will and Way. We must find iron to sharpen our iron and link up with those who do. Church is not a social club. It is a battalion on a mission. There is a Kingdom at hand. We must secure our borders. Hedge in our people. I do not mean this to be bravado but a rallying of the troops. After all, we are called to be good soldiers of Christ.
Matthew 6:21 (NLT)
Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Wholeheartedly. Where is your treasure today? What does your heart desire? The two are linked forever. This world offers things that will rot away. Everyone is appointed once to die. It is our soul that lasts forever. The soul resides in our heart until it is freed on that day. My heart belongs to Jesus. Yet still I feel that there is more to give until I can honestly say that I have given Him my whole heart. In my own ignorance and lack of understanding, all I can do is offer my heart and all its broken pieces to the Lord. Asking Him to do with it what He will. Examine me from the inside out and remove every idol, falsehood and sin that may be hidden there. Jesus, make me more like YOU today. I want to wholeheartedly love you so aligned that our hearts beat as one. Here’s my heart, Lord. Speak what is true. For I am found in You!
Psalm 62:7-8 (NLT)
My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.
Psalm 86:11-13 (NLT)
Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you. With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever, for your love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death.