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Time with God - July 22, 2009

Wednesday 22nd July

Isaiah 29:13-14

Then the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their words and honour Me with their lip service, but they remove their hearts far from Me, and their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote; therefore behold, I will once again deal marvellously with this people, wondrously marvellous; and the wisdom of their wise men will perish, and the discernment of their discerning men will be concealed”.

What God cares about is not your outward religious activities, but the condition of your heart towards Him!

If things are not too good in your daily inner relationship with God, you don’t like for other believers to know about it; so you continue to use spiritual language that makes it seem like things are good. The danger is that it gets easy to live in this way, and we can come to convince even ourselves that this outward show is the real thing.

God is showing is today that just as He can astound us by His “marvellous” blessings, in the same way, He will astound us with His “marvellous” messing-up of our fake Christian life in order to let us see that it is our heart that matters.

Don’t let yourself be satisfied to outwardly look like things are great between you and God. Don’t settle for fake when the real thing is marvellous. Do whatever it takes to keep your heart sensitive and responsive to Him. 

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