by Dr. Charles Stanley
Saturday July 16, 2005
Softening Your Heart
When you are continually on your face before God, seeking Him in His Word, His presence will saturate your heart and make it sensitive and teachable. Just as a marriage relationship can grow cold unless proactive steps are taken daily to keep it warm, your heart can gradually harden when you aren’t seeking intimacy with God. You must also put into action whatever He tells you to do so that your heart will stay soft. Then it won’t take much for the Lord to get your attention, and when He convicts you of sin, you will want to deal with it right away. This is why we must walk in the Spirit moment by moment.
If you believe that God might be leading you in a certain direction, take the time to earnestly seek His mind on the matter, and open your heart to listen to Him. Be careful about getting busy with a substitute for what He originally called you to do. It would be tragic to work extra hard doing what you and others consider good, only to discover your effort was expended accomplishing something that was not God’s intention. Resisting the Lord’s will often amounts to putting your life on the shelf, which leaves you feeling that something is missing. There is no substitute for God’s will, even when His plan might seem difficult or impossible. But when you trust Him with a willing heart, there is no limit to what God can do through your life. Step out in obedience and say, “Lord, I want Your will no matter what.”
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