I continue the Bible study "Makeover of the Heart" with Tracy Berta over At the Well . This is our fourth week. The focus for this week is on a Committed Heart.
This study has been so timely for me. Check out the subheading for this series:
Unlocking the potential of a heart transformed That's definitely a desire of my heart; to be transformed by the Spirit of the Living God. I want my heart to be fully devoted to Christ.
Tracy shared her testimony with us. I don't know about you but sometimes when I see a woman who is beautiful and talented and godly, I assume they have it all together. But the truth is we're all a work in progress. And Tracy has been transformed by the love of God and the work of the Holy Spirit. I appreciate her honesty.
God doesn't expect perfection. But what He desires is a heart committed and sold out to Him.
It can be very easy to get caught up in commitments.
Those commitments can be good things. But it's easy to become busy with commitments and no time to spend time alone with the Lord.
In order to fully commit, I need to trust God. Hmm ...why does it always seem to keep coming back to trust and obey? My theme for 2010 ...
I'm sure you've heard the saying that you become like the people you spend time with. Maybe you've warned your children about this.
My heart's desire is to grow to become more like Jesus; to reflect His love to those around me. What I have to do though is to spend time with Him.
So, I make the heart choice to begin my day in quiet time with the Lord. I read my Bible, pray, journal and listen to Him. The more time I spend with Him, the more evident is the fruit of the Spirit in my life. My husband can always tell when I've missed my quiet time now. He can see the difference as I'm less patient and kind and loving.
I don't have to make a huge effort to do things for God. When I spend time with Him, offering my life to Him ...He begins to work in me and through me. He does the work but I need to cooperate.
Photo Credit: Mr and Mrs Smith travel
My friend Jill of Forever N Ever N Always posted several videos the other day that totally blessed me. You can click here to view them. It's well worth your time, especially if you are always feeling overworked and over committed. Entering the rest of God is a labor of love.
Whenever I get serious about being totally sold out to God, I find that the enemy hates that. Distractions, doubts and even people seem to get in the way. But it's one step at a time. Today I choose to commit my heart to Him. It becomes a daily heart choice.