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February 6, 2018, 11:06 AM

February 7, 2018


“After removing Saul, He made David their king.  God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after My own heart; he will do everything I want him to do’.”  Acts 13:22

     Every one of us should be determined to have a heart after God.  However, developing a heart after God takes time.  It is the result of the transformation that has taken place within us.  David was a man after God’s own heart, yet he still failed as he followed Him.  As we all know, the Christian life is not a perfect life without sin.  However, as a Christian, we should detest sin and desire to flee from every temptation that would dishonor God.  One crucial piece of information we fail to reiterate to new Christians is that living the Christian life will not be easy.  Yet, it is a life of utmost joy and contentment.

     As we continue the Christian walk, there are certain steps we should follow to draw us ever closer to God.  In following these steps, we develop a heart after God that yields the most exciting life one could ever imagine.  We start by understanding and submitting to God’s authority because He is in control of all things.  We, like John the Baptist, must realize that “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30).  John fully understood the authority of Jesus and yielded to Him.  As we submit to God’s authority, we adjust our thoughts and ways so that we please Him.  What pleases God?  Children who love Him, seek Him and desire to be obedient to Him in all things.  Those are the ones who have a heart after God!

     Another step for us to take in developing a heart after God is to make attitude changes.  We must develop a positive attitude about spending time with Him.  We should delight in prayer, studying His Word, and sharing Jesus with those around us.  Spending time with God becomes the greatest priority in our life.  Something very specific begins to happen when we submit to God’s authority, make needed adjustments, and change our attitude.  We begin to “do” things that honor and please God.  We are all overwhelmed at times with the activities of life.  Are those activities helping us maintain a heart after God?  Look again at the passage from Acts 13:22; “He will do everything I want him to do.”  If there is anything that will lead to joy, excitement, peace, and a sense of accomplishment; it will be when we are living with a heart after God.  That is the real purpose of our existence!  May you all have a great week as you desire more than ever to have a heart after God.

                                                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                                                Brad and Virginia


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