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09 December 2016
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Dear God Tracker
GOD-TRACKING IS GETTING YOUR HEART RIGHT WITH GOD, FIRST
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
One of my favourite Bible heroes is the great king of Israel, King David. I love David because he was a simple shepherd boy who discovered the secret of constantly keeping his heart pure before God.
David was the youngest son of a regular Hebrew man called, Jesse. Being a shepherd in the Middle East in those days, was a very humble job. Nevertheless, we read how David did his job to the best of his ability, even risking his own life for the safety of his father’s sheep. This humble young man was soon to become the shepherd of the people of God; the greatest king ancient Israel would ever know.
Yet, as we read David’s story we notice that he was less than perfect. Becoming a great warrior-king meant that he was responsible for the deaths of many people, through the acts of war. Also, on one occasion we read how David fell in love with another man’s wife and married her, after sending her husband to his death on the front line. David committed adultery and murder! However, we read that David was called, a man after God’s own heart. In fact, it is from David’s line that we received the promised Messiah and saviour of the world, Jesus.
I believe that God looks at the heart and not the hands. We are told that we are justified by grace, through faith and not the works of our hands. Faith and grace are qualities experienced in the heart, when we believe that Jesus died and rose again to free us from sin. Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak. Consequently, because grace and faith are expressed in the heart (and have made us right with God through grace and faith) the actions of our hands will simply reveal the salvation within our hearts. This calls for living a life totally surrendered to the grace of God, with a pure heart before the Lord.
David was a true God Tracker. David lived in God’s grace and David walked by faith. David was not a perfect person but David’s heart was right. When he sinned, he was very quick to repent and walk with a contrite heart before God. Though he was a great king, David knew that he was nothing, had nothing and meant nothing, but for the grace of God. David was made righteous by faith in God’s forgiveness and walked in the integrity of the hope of his salvation. He didn’t always do things right but he knew that purity of heart preceded purity of hand.
God-tracking is getting your heart right with God, first.
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I choose to walk in integrity and uprightness of heart. I pray for opportunities to put my faith into practice.
“O God, forgive me for trying to earn good points with you. I realise now that you look at my heart’s motives before the works of my hands. Help me to live out my salvation with a pure and contrite heart. Help me to be sure that I’m not doing good works in life to be recognised by other people or to somehow, to earn righteousness. May my good works result from you working through me. Like King David, O Lord, I choose to walk in integrity and uprightness of heart. I pray for opportunities to put my faith into practice. Amen.”
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GodTracker is a weekly e-mail devotional based on the premise that God has a plan for our lives. His word calls us to seek his will by acknowledging him in all our ways and tracking this plans in faith.
GodTracker owes its origins to an international Christian radio programme produced by Dudley Anderson called, On Track. Although On Track went off-air in 2005, GodTracker has continued to help people to track God's plans and purposes for their lives since July 2003.
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