The Psalmist David wrote in Psalm 139:23,"Search me and know my heart..." and the image that comes to mind is someone unlocking the door to their home. As for me, I invited Jesus into my heart June of 1997. Father's Day weekend of that month, I turned over the keys to Him. However, just because I gave Him the keys to the front door that doesn't mean I gave him full access to all the rooms of my heart. Could he forcefully go into every room and do a thorough walk-thru and search if He wanted to? Sure, but He won't. He's the kind who will continue to "stand at the door and knock." He won't pry open the door.
Growing up, all of our guests stayed in the kitchen for felllowship. A refreshment was offered or given if asked but don't you dare open my momma's refridgerator! To open the fridge door and help yourself meant you more than a guest...you were family. If you had permission to open the fridge you had permission to walk to certain rooms in our home such as the living room, bathroom, & patio. But even the guests who opened our fridge had boundaries. They were not permitted in the rooms down the hall. We even locked some of the rooms depending on who the guest was...Oh hush! You know you do it too! Only mom and dad had the keys to those rooms.
Over the last 14 years, I have found myself handing Jesus one key after another. Just when I thought I handed him all the keys, I realized I had yet another room that needed to be unlocked. He's turned the keys to rooms I call Fear, Rejection, Anger, Abuse and many more. After unlocking a room, He took the time to clean it of its cobwebs and dust. Yet still, there remained other rooms that becasue of shame or pride I found it hard to release the keys.
I finally realized that If Christ can not freely enter every room of my heart, then He is not the Inhabitant or Lord of my heart but simply a house guest. It was then that I handed the Master Key to the Master of my heart, Jesus.
Take a moment, to check your heart. Does Jesus have the freedom to re-arrange, clean out, or re-model any rooms of your heart? If not, consider handing Him the master key today. Allow Him to "Search your heart" and make the necessary changes. For the changes He makes are not for your temporary pleasure, but for your eternal joy.
Just like this website and our church campus, I have personally been "under construction." With renewed strength and passion, I find the desire to seek the anointing stronger than ever. Revival has begun in my heart and I'm excited to see all that God is doing in me. I am coping with the growing pains and dealing with them like a big girl. Accepting my faults and asking Jesus to continue to keep me teachable that I may learn of Him and the leaders He has surrounded about me. He has given me a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Currently, I am enjoying the sweet presence of God. There is peace in my heart in the midst of the chaos. I know I can face anything so long as my heart is kept pure before Him and my eyes fixed.
There has been a constant song in my heart and I just can't seem to stop praising the name of my Wonderful Savior. There is an old song that comes to mind that decribes what God is doing in my life lately...
"Thou has turned my mourning into dancing for thee. Thou has put off my sackcloth.
Thou has turned my mourning into dancing for thee and filled my heart with gladness.
Early in the morning will I sing praise to thee and not be weary.
O Lord my God I will sing praises to your name forever!"
How is the condition of your heart? Take a moment to do a self check. Has God taught you anything about you lately? Are their areas in your life that need attention and correction? Read what David said in the following Psalms...
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Take a moment now to offer your heart fresh and anew. Blessings!
*Cheering* I learned how to add music to the website. Yaaay! So I added Hosanna by Kirk Franklin. Fitting, don't you think? I also learned to add a slide show. Woot Woot! Now if only I can shrink the picture some. It's taking up the whole screen!! Sheesh! If only I knew html I could dazzle it up a bit. A bedazzled website would totally rock!...NOT!!