Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – July 29, 2017
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Acts 2:37
The Holy Spirit cuts to the heart, and with laser beam precision He probes and penetrates and prescribes truth. He is not satisfied with a surface relationship but is motivated to move beyond insensitive chatter to the sensitive conscience. He is interested in claiming your conscience for Christ. When your heart is convinced, you are convinced. Your heart is the seat of your emotions, and it is here the hounds of hell seek to have their way. However, the Holy Spirit is ahead of the enemy. He is quick to deliver truth with clarity and conviction. One can choose to accept His promptings or ignore them to their regret. When your heart is strangely warmed, listen, for the Lord is speaking.
No one else deserves your devotion or affection but Christ. When you give your heart mixed signals you obstruct obedience. A divided heart will not stand under the scrutiny of the Spirit of God; so keep your heart for Christ and Christ alone. Cut free any other competitors for Christ’s affection. Money, homes, success, children, work, travel, and hobbies are all means to an end: glorifying God. The heart is heaven’s home, not hell’s playground.
“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5).
Therefore, do not hesitate to expose your heart to eternal purposes. Lay your heart before the Lord, and ask Him to mold it with His Almighty agenda. Listen and apply truth to your heart. Invite the Holy Spirit’s awakening of your slumbering soul, for He is God’s change agent. Once the Holy Spirit has sliced into your soul, He expects change. Heartfelt conviction that does not lead to change hardens the heart. Emotional awareness is only an appetizer that precedes the entrée of willful obedience.
Action accompanies a heart cut by Christ. There is a humility that cries out, “What am I to do?” A hungry heart responds with an appetite for the Almighty. Everything else pales in importance when compared to obeying God. A heart engaged by the Holy Spirit longs to love the Lord by obeying the Lord. There is a direct correlation between obedience and a heart cut by the Spirit; self-seduces a disobedient heart.
The Holy Spirit is committed to conforming you to the image of Christ. The fruit of His work transforms you into a faithful spouse, engaged parent, loyal friend, wise mentor, loving leader, and caring colleague. His inner conviction leads to repentance of sin, faith in Christ, and community with believers. This is His mode of operation. If you do not recognize and respond to the Holy Spirit’s persistent promptings, He may go away. He does not dwell where He is not wanted. Never numb your conscience to Him. Rather, seek Him out. Christ left you His Spirit for the specific purposes of convicting, comforting, and counseling. Pray for His power to permeate your feelings, thinking, and behavior. He cuts to the heart because He cares.
Jesus said, “But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:7-8).
PrayerHeavenly Father, I open my heart to the Holy Spirit to convict me of my sin and to lead me into Your will for my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
ApplicationWhat is the Holy Spirit saying to my heart that I need to trust and obey?
Related ReadingIsaiah 35:4; Nehemiah 2:12; Proverbs 28:14; Acts 15:8; Romans 2:29 Today’s reading is taken from Boyd’s most popular book: Seeking Daily the Heart of God, a 365 day devotional.
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