Sunday Inspiration: You Can’t Fake it with God

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You Can't Fake it with God

He Sees Inside Our Hearts

by Joanne Troppello

I usually don’t go on social media too much. I use the new scheduling tool from Twitter and schedule my tweets in advance for a week. Then I periodically check notifications throughout the day.

That has worked well to keep me off my social media newsfeed—and concentrating on writing more articles and focusing on creating videos for my new YouTube channel, Living the Sunflower Life.

However, I can’t avoid seeing all the negativity in the feed, including videos of riots and intense tensions going on in our country right now. This negativity has hindered my productivity level and spiritual life in the last few weeks. I have tried to not allow it to affect me, but it has.

I guess that’s a good thing, because my heart is breaking for this country. Yet, I need to carry my sorrows for this country and place them into God’s capable hands.

Times of refreshing

My husband and I did this last night. We have both been overwhelmed by everything and sat together to read scripture. Then we prayed and listened to worship music and sang praises before God.

It was so refreshing. That time was necessary.

We decided that we need to have this devotional time before the Lord more consistently throughout the week. We had slacked off with our shared devotional time due to the busyness of life and then the negativity in the world weighing us down.

God sees our hearts

I’ve been a Christian for many years. I’ve known this truth to be real—that God sees into our hearts—but it truly resonated with me last night.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (I Samuel 16:7, NKJV)

God knows all of us. There are no hidden parts that he does not see.

However, He wants us to be open with Him and freely share every part of ourselves, so that nothing is blocking our communion with Him.

A new heart

I read the following passage of scripture today and it truly spoke to my heart. That’s how I felt after my time of renewal with God—like he’d given me a clean, new heart and I was able to focus on Him again.

For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:24-26, NKJV)

God’s mercies are new each day. Life is not perfect here on Earth and it never will be. However, God wants to have daily communion with each of us. He doesn’t walk away from us. We turn away from Him.

I had allowed fear and sadness to overwhelm me.

When God wanted me to bring all of that to Him so He could carry the load and help me focus on communion with Him, I’d kept it all to myself—thinking I could bear it alone. After giving it all to God, I could more freely pray for people and not focus on everything that has been happening.

We definitely cannot fake it with God.

That’s a waste of time. He sees into our hearts and wants to help us every step of the way in this life. Let’s stop wasting valuable time and carry all of our concerns to God in prayer and experience full communion with Him.

About the Author

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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