Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | January 24, 2017

Search My Heart

jan-24“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Psalm 139:23 (NLT)

One of the scariest things to do as a Christian and a person in ministry is be transparent. However, if you want to be effective it’s necessary to show you have areas that need improvement. It’s also vital to your own spiritual growth to search your heart. Sometimes it’s a sermon or devotional that hits a certain area and other times it comes from a friend with gentle criticism. A friend recently showed me a problem area in my life with having a judgmental spirit. It wasn’t pleasant reading their thoughts but that opened my eyes to see that I get caught up with other people’s thoughts about others and continue it. I also have an issue of judging people with a critical eye and ignoring my own faults.

None of this is anything new to God. He already knows those areas hidden in my heart and mind. Now I have to give those areas to Him and leave them there. The hardest part is definitely going back to friends that have been hurt and mending those relationships. While these speed bumps in my spiritual life aren’t pleasant, the freedom I get from releasing the anxious and negative areas of my life is worth it.

“Dear God, Search our hearts and reveal areas that are not pleasing to You. Replace our anxious thoughts, negativity, and sin with forgiveness and peace. Guide us as we mend relationships with gentle, healing words.”

 

For His Glory

Katrina Redman
TRBC Women’s Life

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