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What Hinders You From Finding God?
"But the heart must not be divided by many objects if the Lord is to be sought by us. God is one, and we shall not know Him till our heart is one." - Charles Spurgeon
"...for if the heart be divided between Him and the world, it is faulty."
"That way which the whole heart goes, the whole man goes..."
- both quotes are from Matthew Henry
Do you have a desire to find God? Are you hungry for a greater knowledge of Him and to be conformed to His will? Do you have a desire to commune with Him more closely...follow Him more fully...enter into a perfect union with His mind and will...and to promote His glory?
The Scriptures tell us how to arrive at that state - "Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God..."(1 Chronicles 22:19)
However, it is not merely setting your heart to seek God that will bring you to this end. You must do it "with the whole heart." Several Scriptures confirm this thought. They are as follows -
Psalm 119:2 says - "Blessed are they that keep His testimonies, and that seek Him with the whole heart."
Psalm 119:10 says - "With my whole heart have I sought Thee: O let me not wander from Thy commandments."
Deuteronomy 4:29 says - "But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul."
Jeremiah 29:13 says - "And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart."
If you desire to know God's will and to do it with no selfish or sinister aims involved, then you must go after Him with "all your heart and with all your soul."
"with the whole heart"
"with all your heart and with all your soul"
"with all your heart"
This involves seeking Him by prayer and supplication with a true heart...in sincerity...early...earnestly...and diligently. It entails going after Him Himself - not seeking yourself, your own things, nor your own honor or applause. There must be a conscious effort to seek Him and His glory, face, presence, and communion.
The Lord will definitely reveal Himself as God - hearing and answering prayer - to those who go after Him sincerely and affectionately...are entirely devoted to Him...are earnestly desirous of His favor...let their heart be wholly engaged for Him...seek Him as their chief good and highest end...and put forth all vigor, fervency, and diligence.
There is one hindrance, however. That hindrance is having a "divided" heart(Hosea 10:2). This is a heart that is divided between God and idols. This heart shows forth an affection for God, but also an affection for an idol or several idols as well.
The question is - do you have a hunger for more of God in your life? Do you want to experience more of His power in your witnessing and preaching? Do you want to know Him and have the boldness to make Him known?
You can have all of this and more - if you will seek Him only with an undivided heart. The "whole heart" must be involved. Adam Clarke explains it this way - "God shall have all."
Does Jesus have all of your heart today? Or should we ask - are you experiencing the power of God in your life?
You don't have to settle for mediocre Christianity. You can be mightily used by the Lord - with signs and wonders following your witnessing and preaching. Your life can be exciting and thrilling.
It all boils down to this - just how much do you love those idols in your heart? What is it going to take to stir you to get rid of them and go all the way for Jesus? When will you fully surrender all to Him?
We leave you with the opening quote by Charles Spurgeon - "But the heart must not be divided by many objects if the Lord is to be sought by us. God is one, and we shall not know Him till our heart is one."
Is your heart "divided" by many objects today, or is it one?
Remember - you will not know Him nor find Him until your heart is one!
Your idols or a closer walk with Jesus? What will it be?
May God Bless His Word.