GIVE ME YOUR HEART! (You may take this message personal, or you may assume that this is just God talking to Verle and he should listen up! True, but maybe both?)
(So your want to please me? Keep my commandments!
Where should you start and what is the most important commandment?
I’m glad you asked.
Love me with all your HEART, SOUL, AND MIGHT or as I said in my New Testament, with all your (HEART, MIND) SOUL, AND STRENGTH.
So why don’t you start by giving me your heart? Unfortunately, I’ve run into a lot of people who think that their heart is mine and they show up at church clean and smiling and singing me praises and they even seem to get a bit high on the “worship” but I don’t look at this outward appearance, I look on their hearts , and their hearts are far from me.
Are you wondering if this might be your condition? Good, that means that you are probably very close. I like it when you don’t jump to the conclusion that you are doing perfectly fine. Those that are sure they are OK, seldom are. Don’t forget that your heart will deceive you and is desperately wicked and you can’t know it. You say you’re not deceived? How would you know? That’s what deceived means, that you think it’s OK when it isn’t. Ask me, go ahead and ask me to examine your heart, search it and show you it’s content and lead you in new heart pathways. I’m really good at it and would be happy to oblige.
First of all, let me convince you that giving me your heart is really a big important deal to me. If I want you to pay attention to something, I should only have to mention it once, right? But you are so often like a child and force me to raise my voice or call you several times before you listen! So, if I really want to grab your attention, I will repeat myself twice. If I really, really want your attention I might repeat myself three times! Let’s see how badly I want you to pay attention to giving me all, yes all, of your heart; take all your inner thoughts into captivity and direct them to me!)
Deuteronomy 10:12) And now, Verle, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee?
A.fear the Lord thy God,
B.to walk in all his ways,: thou shalt do them with ALL thine heart, and with all thy soul. Deuteronomy 26:16
C.to love him, with ALL thine heart, and with ALL thy soul, and with ALL thy might. Deuteronomy 6:5
D. to serve the Lord thy God with ALL thy heart and with ALL thy soul,
E. seek him with ALL thy heart and with ALL thy soul. Deuteronomy 4:29, 2 Chronicles 15:12 enter into a covenant to seek the Lord God of your fathers with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul;
F.Pass the test, don’t wander from my word: Deuteronomy 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul. 2 Kings 23:3 to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book.
G. Make it a family affair: Deuteronomy 30:2 return to me,obey my voice, thou and thy children, with ALL thine heart, and with ALL thy soul; 1 Kings 2:4 If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with ALL their heart and with ALL their soul,(they shall be blessed)
H. Pay attention to what your are doing Joshua 22:5 But take diligent heed to walk in all my ways, and to cleave unto him, and to serve me with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul.
I. Make a covenent and keep your promise2 Chronicles 15:12enter into a covenant to seek me, the Lord God of your fathers, with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul; 2 Chronicles 15:15And rejoice at the oath: swearing with ALL your heart, and seek me with your WHOLE desire; and your will find me!