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With My Whole Heart I Will Seek After Jesus

Psalm 119:10

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!

profileYesterday we talked about letting nothing remain in us that was sin.  We talked about free will and we urged each other to remove sin from our lives – each of us praying about what hinders our walk with Jesus.  I could have taken a long time and listed the normal sins – but I wanted folks to do their own laundry list of sins.  We don’t all struggle with the same things.

Listen to what the author of Hebrews has to say about this subject.  Hebrews 12:1 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, ESV  In the NIV it says it this way – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Whether it is let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely or let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles – the message is the same – remove the things that keep you/us from running the race of life in faith.  Whatever stands in the way of our faithful obedience to Jesus should be on our radar to remove.

One of my favorite passages is Mark 12:30 – And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  It goes along with today’s passage – Psalm 119:10 – With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!

When Jesus talks about love – about loving Him – He talks about being obedient.  Addressing His disciples He says – John 14:15 – If you love me, you will keep my commandments. Again when He was speaking about loving Him – He had this conversation with Peter.  John 21:15 – When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”  In both instances – an expression of love for Christ was obedience and service – obey His commandments and feed my lambs.

Here is a question to ponder today.  Are we/you seeking after Christ with our/your all?  Are we allowing things/sins to get in the way of our walk with Jesus?  Sunday we talked about free will and in the past we have talked about grace.  Grace is free but there is still a cost.  Are we seeking His face, while desiring His grace?  Or are we walking as we wish and counting/banking on His grace?

Today – begin/continue your day with your eyes on Jesus and not on the wind or the world or on self.  Love God with all you have and all you are.  If we aim at loving God with everything – His grace will cover the times we miss the mark!  Let our statement today be – With my whole heart I will seek after Jesus.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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March 17, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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