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My Heart is Clean

 “Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed.” Psalm 17:3

David was assured the plans he was making were of no evil. He ran his ideas through the evil filter and came out with a clean slate.  Even his language had been cleansed. Even at night, David could be found blameless. He understood God as the examiner and yet knew Him as the One who was always with Him.

 

When we know God is looking on us and we are under His examination are we at peace? God visits need to be times of comfort and assurance; they need to be times of refreshing. We can walk in this same place as David when we come to realize God is always with us. His presence is what rolls into our day and makes straight the plans He has. We are kept focused on Him and whatever comes our way we can make plans with Him.

 

There are many temptations which come into our day making their plea for us to participate. Making plans with evil will only end up in destruction. We all have experienced the ruin which follows when we make a plan with evil. But realize we are not alone in our plan making for God is there. When our heart is allowing His plans to prosper, then we know there is no substitute.

 

Today in the workplace

Are you working His plan or yours? 

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The Gift of Selflessness
Written by Drew Paden


"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus."
Philippians 2: 3-5

In a world that constantly preaches on capturing the "American Dream," and becoming "successful," it is easy to lose sight of a gift such as selflessness. While selflessness in the form of personal ambition and interests is a fruitful gift and one that we are called to have, we often forget about selflessness in our relationships.

In this passage from Philippians 2, Paul urges the church in Philippi to strip off selfishness in all areas of their life. It is easy to hone in on our visible actions, and material possessions but the Bible repeatedly gives us valuable wisdom on how to be selfless with them. But what does it mean to have this in relationships? Paul tells us right here: "value others above yourselves," and have the "same mindset as Christ Jesus." When you value the people in your life more than you value your own, your relationship with them is not affected by the bad days you have, or how you are feeling at the moment. It is not about what YOU want or need, but what THEY want and need and this is having the mindset of Jesus. He did not need to leave paradise to redeem the world, but We needed Him to. He displayed the ultimate sign of selflessness in His relationship with us.
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Our earthly relationships will grow and flourish when we live this way, but in our relationship with Jesus, it is a necessity. We cannot allow whatever we have done, and whatever is currently happening in our daily lives, to influence what is true every day. Jesus gave the sacrifice that never stops giving, and never changes. We have to build and develop our relationship with Him based on what He has done, and what He is doing, not the other way around. Having a selfless relationship with Jesus is to love and meet Him every day, because every day He is waiting to love and meet YOU.
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