The message of yesterday’s post continues into today. As I begin to examine my heart I can see clearly the selfishness in it. Replacing the selfishness is no easy task. As I began my devotions today I read in one of them that change of heart comes from obedience to God’s Word. Our heart desires “human things”. God’s heart desires spiritual things and He wants us to have the desires of His Heart. But, in order to desire God’s Heart, we must confess our own heart desires as they conflict with His and let His Holy Spirit be what replaces our selfish spirit. God’s Word says in Roman 10:9, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” This is step one.
The second step seems to be what James 5:16 tells us: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” The obedience of this verse is the more difficult one I find for me. Who ever wants to confess their sin/s to someone else? But, in order to be healed, this is God’s directive. I know this for me and I’ve seen this so many times for others. And, it’s not a one time thing. When we are tempted to sin it is best to tell so one can break the temptation. Satan’s deceptive ways and our own human selfishness want to play this down. However, there is never any freedom in following our flesh. But, there is always tremendous freedom in obeying God’s Word. This is today’s focus.