Examine me, God, and know my mind,
test me, and know my thoughts.
See if there is any offensive tendency in me,
and lead me in the eternal way.
Is this a prayer that we are ready and willing to pray to God? If we do pray this prayer, what will the outcome be? What will we have to go through in order to willingly be led in the way eternal? On the surface I thing followers of Christ are willing. But when we count the cost, will we still be willing and ready? What will God find in the secret rooms of our hearts.
There is a song we sing in church about this.
Search me, O God, and know my heart today,
Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray;
See if there be some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin, and set me free.
I praise Thee, Lord, for cleansing me from sin;
Fulfill Thy word and make me pure within;
Fill me with fire, where once I burned with shame;
Grant my desire to magnify Thy name.
Lord, take my life, and make it wholly Thine;
Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine;
Take all my will, my passion, self and pride;
I now surrender, Lord, in me abide.
O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee;
Send a revival, start the work in me;
Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need;
For blessings now, O Lord, I humbly plead.
James E. Orr 1936
In many ways we have lost the depth of dedication and devotion indicated in this song which was taken from Psalm 139:23-24. It is time for us to be willing to humble ourselves before the Lord and seek His will in our lives as an active exercise of faith. We have forfeited many blessings and freedoms because of our lack of diligence in this matter.
As we seek the Lord and draw near to Him, we will find that the blessings will begin to overflow. But we must be willing to let go of our own selfish desires, actions and attitudes, in order to appropriate this level of communion with God. All the keys as to how to do this are in the scriptures. It is not rocket science. God made it very simple because He knew we need that. But we can make a list to help us to remember.
- Micah 6:8 New International Version (NIV) He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
- James 4:7-10 Berean Study Bible (BSB) Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn, and weep. Turn your laughter to mourning, and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.
This does not mean that you become a dour sourpuss person. It means that you humble yourselves and grieve the loss that sin brings and repent of wrong doing so that you can be redeemed and restored to fellowship with God.
Search the scriptures of how to approach God and what pleases Him and practice those things. If you struggle with doing those things, Ask God to reveal to you what is holding you back and interfering with your progress. If you want to know, He will reveal it to you. Make your list as you study the scriptures. I have started you off with two verses that have lists in them. There are many more.
God wants us to humble ourselves before him. That means we need to change both our attitudes and our posture before the Lord. Pride will get you nowhere.
God wants us to resist the devil and all his schemes to trap us. Did you know that much of our thinking is from demonic influence? Evil spirits are real and active in our lives. They love to whisper thoughts to us enticing us to dwell on those thoughts and hoping we will also act on them.
3. 2 Corinthians 10:5 New International Version (NIV) We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
This takes both attention and discipline to accomplish. Thoughts come into our minds. We cannot stop that. But we can take them captive and refuse to dwell on any thought that is not godly and does lead us away from God’s best for us. Don’t just float through life allowing anything and everything to control your thoughts. Be an active participant in your life taking control of thoughts and attitudes. Eventually this practice will yield results and enable you to live more and more godly lives reducing the impact of spiritual attacks.
Where does sin come from? It starts with thoughts that we dwell on, harbor, and accept as a belief. It is imbedded into our internal belief system. Circumstances that come up in life trigger that belief system and we respond in sin rather than from truth and godliness.
Well, these are just a few brief thoughts on a very large subject. I hope you will take time to study this out in scripture and begin to apply what you have learned. It will multiply your peace and blessings. Draw close to God. That is your invitation to Him to draw near to you and He will take you up on it.
God bless you as you seek God’s face and invite Him into a new and deeper relationship.