by Joel Osteen
" ÖThe Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7, NIV).
When the Lord looks at your heart, what does He see? Everyone has an outer life and an inner life. The outer life is our public life that everyone can see. The inner life is made up of your thoughts, your attitudes and your motives. Only you and God know whatís going on inside. Too many people go around today pretending, acting one way, yet on the inside theyíre thinking something totally different. Their heart and their actions donít line up. But we have to understand that God looks at the inside. We can fool a lot of people, but we canít fool God. God would rather us be open and honest than to go through life pretending or trying to be something that we arenít.
Today, take inventory of whatís going on inside of you. Are you at peace? Are you overlooking offenses? Do you believe the best in people? Do your heart and actions line up? If not, submit your ways to the Lord and ask Him to give you an undivided heart so that you can be pleasing to Him all the days of your life!
Dear Father, I humbly come before You today and ask that You search the deep places of my heart. Show me if there is any area where I need to line up my heart and actions. Help me to be authentic in You today. In Jesus Name. Amen.
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