Friday, July 27, 2007

faith lift fridays ~ God looks inside!

John 4:19 "Sir," the woman said, "you must be a prophet."

This statement didn't take any insight. Jesus had just "read her mail." He told her the most secret details of her life. Anyone could have seen that He was a prophet after that.

This woman suddenly realized she was dealing with more than just a man. God was speaking to her. What was her reaction? She changed the subject, anything to get the focus off of her. She asked about where is the proper place to worship. I can just imagine her trying to think of something religious to talk about to get Jesus' attention off of her.

We all tend to build up privacy walls around the most intimate details of our lives. We're afraid to let anyone, especially God, look inside. God already knows our hearts and He wants all of our hearts.

Jesus brought the woman right back to the subject of her personal relationship with God. The place of worship or the forms of worship weren't important. God was looking for people who would open their hearts - even the hidden parts, for Him to enter.

Even today satan tries to distract us with everything except the one thing that counts. God wants us to worship Him in spirit and truth. Anything less than that is not enough.

Thanks Sheryl for hosting FLF! You should head over and read the others and then post something that has blessed you and strengthened you in your faith.


IRENE said...

Why is the theoretically simpler thing to do, the hardest one? Why do we resist so much? Why do we search for what to DO, and all sorts of trivial details, instead of doing just the one thing that is required for salvation and peace?

sheryl said...

Oh Annie...this is so well said, true, and somewhat painful!(Facing ourselves often is!)
Your last paragraph really gets to the heart of the matter!
I'm saving this one for more reflection during the week.

Nancy Face said...

This life is a battle for our hearts...will we willingly give our hearts in serving God, or will we place the desires of our hearts on worldly things?

The distractions of satan are everywhere, bombarding us and our loved ones, but they can bring only misery. Wickedness will never be happiness!

We open our hearts to God when we pray to Him with a sincere heart, thanking Him for our blessings and repenting of our sins. We find true joy and happiness when we come unto Christ, study and learn His words, and try every day to follow in His ways.

Denise said...

Beautifully said, bless you dear one.

DJ Hartman said...

Oh Annie,

This is just what I needed to read today! Thanks for sharing and reminding us that all the Lord wants from us is openness and honesty! That with an invitation to come in and dwell in our hearts, minds, souls.

How wonderful!

Bless you!