When is the last time you examined the contents of your heart? Like really sat down and took inventory of the things that make you tick. Make your heart race. The things or people that make your heart swell and warm.
On this second day of surrender, the Holy Spirit has urged me to take stock of my heart. Since I have removed a lot of the noise in my life, I am faced with myself and forced to examine my life starting with my heart.
The Great Heart Surgeon (Holy Spirit) is dissecting and opening up my heart to expose anything or anyone that should not be there. You see whether we realize it or not we are constantly filling our hearts with things and people that should or should not be there. From the things we watch or listen to or read contain certain content that actually grieves God’s heart. Even certain friendships or relationships have stopped up our hearts and now the Holy Spirit is here to unclog them.
The Holy Spirit directed me towards this scripture in Psalm 139:23-24
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
This scripture is a part of a chapter where David is in awe at how much God knows him. He talks about in verse 2 and 3 that:
“You know when I sit and when I rise…You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways.”
Nothing is a mystery to God. He knows us better than we know ourselves. So even our deepest, darkest thoughts or longings buried in our hearts He knows about.
I have already learned that a lot of my habits that fill my heart pull me away from God. These are not unhealthy or sinful habits, but they do fill up a lot of my time; time that I could (and should) be spending with God. So as I continue with this fast I am making Psalm 139:23-24 a daily prayer to God! I long for MORE of Him, so that means I have to be willing to remove anything or anyone that breaks His heart.
Yes this may be painful, because the Holy Spirit may reveal some things that I never meant to be revealed. But God calls for complete surrender. The good news is this:
“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will He harbour His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him…” Psalm 103:8-14
Open your heart to God. Nothing that comes up will be a surprise to Him. His grace is enough to cover all of our sins. What is in your heart?
Day 2 Tips for a Successful Fast
- Do the fast with other like-minded people! When doing a fast with other Christians there will be accountability and encouragement that will help you along the way. Two are better than one because alone you are more likely to fall into temptation, but together we can conquer anything!
See Ecclesiastes 4:9-12