What Does God See, When He Looks Into Your Heart?
More than a century ago, Abraham Lincoln made the famous observation, "You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you can never fool all the people all the time. " Quite so, yet a lot of our politicians keep trying!
For us, an important corollary of this is that you can’t fool God — ever — not even for an instant! Yet it seems that we keep trying. Jesus shows us once again His ability to read people’s hearts. It was the source of one of the great and continuing sadnesses of His life: He could see the envy and hatred that so many people harbored against Him, and for no reason.
What does the Lord see when He reads our hearts? Without doubt He sees our goodness — which we ourselves so often fail to see and trust — and He sees our desire to be true and to do the deeds of love. But there’s another part of us that He sees as well, our sins and failures, of course, but also those locked rooms whose doors we refuse to even open.
If the Lord sees what is in us and does not reject us, why should we fear to enter those darkened rooms and to see those parts of ourselves that we fear and shudder to face? The answer is that we shouldn’t, for, as the prayer says, "Lord, there is nothing that You and I can’t handle together!" Remember that, trust Him, and open those doors now!
By Monsignor Dennis Clark, Ph.D.
God See Everything!
Can anyone hide himself from the Lord in secret places? Can I, under any circumstances, escape His notice? Impossible! The eye of God has been fixed upon me every second of this day; it is now at this moment fixed fully upon me. But it is my Father’s eye! My Father sees in secret!
He sees my needs—and my woes. He sees every secret working of my foes—and will save me from them. He sees every secret influence which is likely to injure me—and will prevent it.
He sees the secret workings of my heart, my hidden thoughts, my unuttered desires, my soul conflicts, my private temptations.
But He sees also my secret sins! Every evil thought, every improper action, every unfitting word— passes under His eye! Solemn consideration this!
May it make me cautious. May it preserve me. . . from yielding to temptation, from nourishing sinful thoughts, and from acting inconsistent with my profession. My heavenly Father sees me!
He sees me at this moment! He sees me every moment! He sees my most secret motives, thoughts, and purposes! He who thus sees me—hates every sin with an infinite hatred!
From Grace Gems
"I consider the sufferings of the present to be as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed in us" ~ Rm 8:18
" We know that God makes all things work together for the good of those who love God." ~ Rm 8:28
Come Unto Me
"Come unto Me." St. Matthew 11:28
Jesus calls you to His throne of grace. He is there waiting to hear, relieve and bless you. | You are to go to Him just as you are–and receive from Him all you need.
He will give you: Wisdom–to direct your steps; Peace–to keep your hearts; Strength-to do His will; Righteousness-to justify your souls; and Rest-unspeakably sweet.
He is glorified in bestowing these blessings upon you. He calls you this morning, this moment—to receive all you need—without money and without price. What a precious Savior is Jesus! What a kind and tender Friend!
"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16 "Come!" He says, "Come to Me! Do not go to SELF, to the world, to the empty cisterns which creatures idolize; but come unto Me, and I will do immeasurably more than all you can ask or imagine!
Your sins-I will pardon;
Your graces—I will revive;
Your comforts-I will restore;
Your holiness-I will increase;
Your efforts to glorify Me-I will crown with success;
I will bless you-and you shall be a blessing!"
By James Smith-Grace Gems
Directions To God’s His House
Make a Right onto "Believeth Blvd."
Keep straight and go through the Green Light, which is Jesus Christ.
From there, you must turn onto the "Bridge of Faith," which is over troubled water.
When you get off the bridge, make a Right turn and Keep Straight. You are on the "King’s Highway" -Heaven-bound.
Keep going for three miles: One for the Father, One for the Son, and One for the Holy Ghost. Then exit off onto "Grace Blvd."
From there, make a Right turn on " Gospel Lane." Keep Straight and then make another Right on "Prayer Blvd." As you go on your way, Yield Not to the traffic on "Temptation Ave."
Also, avoid SIN STREET because it is a DEAD END. Pass up "Envy Drive," and "Have Avenue." Also, pass "Hypocrisy Street," "Gossiping Lane" and "Backbiting Blvd." But you have to go down "Long-suffering Lane", "Persecution Blvd.," and "Trials and Tribulations Ave." But that’s all right, because VICTORY Blvd. is straight ahead!
[Author Unknown-Food For Thought]
"Where sin abounded—grace did much more abound!"
"Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid."
— President Ronald Reagan