February 16, 2016 by Jon Law
22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
The springs of life flow from our hearts (Proverbs 4:23). The heart often symbolises the centre of who we are. It is amazing, then, that when God saves us He goes straight for our hearts!
God knows everything that your heart contains. He knows how many times it has been broken, and how many times it has overflown with joy. He knows the dark corners which you hide and the callouses you aren’t aware of. He knows the people whom you hold dear and the memories you cherish. You are known!
This is one reason why we need to approach God with a ‘true heart.’ It is very easy to try to hide certain parts of ourselves from God. We don’t want to open old wounds because they hurt too much. We don’t want to bring certain sins to Him because we know He’ll convict us. We fail to surrender our dreams to Him in case they end up vanishing in smoke. It is a difficult thing to trust anyone with our heart, often even God Himself.
To each and every one of us who believes, God promises that our hearts have been ‘sprinkled clean.’ Every part of your inward life is implicated in the gospel of Christ. He searches us, knows us and, above all, He is for us. Those dark areas that you keep hidden, not only are they wide open to God, but He has cleaned them! Our deepest secrets in the hands of God become dazzling examples of Romans 8:28 and Genesis 50:20.
Rather than being reasons to hide and run from God, our hearts’ contents are sanctified by Him and can overflow as beautiful rivers: even from the darkest corners!
What areas of your heart have you kept secret from God and now need to share with Him?
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