Make Your Heart Right

in steemchurch •  7 months ago

A couple of days ago, I was reading an interesting account paged in the most trusty book which most of us, as believers, have ever known-- the Bible. Well, we shall be considering that account today in this post.

But before we zoom in to the actual text of this piece, let's take this into our "system":

"Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him." (Proverbs 30:5)

Alright that was great-- more or less like a nice appetizer, right? (Smiles!)

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Now, let's pore over the 8th chapter of the book of Acts. (from verse 14-21)

14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

Here, the Apostles were doing exploits for God, even as they proclaimed the word of God; they healed those who had one infirmity or the other. All these Holyspirit-inspired performances (so to say), caught the fancy of a man called Simeon, who had before now gained a 'cheap' popularity from his acts of sorcery-- and thereby, leading others astray.

What intrigued him the most?
We can see that in verse 18.

Yes, Simeon (the magician) had been baptised (the water baptism), yet his heart still needed to be set right-- I mean right with God.

Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. (v. 13)

At this point, I want us to take our minds off Simeon-- and win the temptation to criticize vehemently, and rather put ourselves into the picture, by asking self questions to check if our heart is really right.

Conclusion


Truly, the state of our heart and our understanding of who God is, are a determining factor as to if we are worthy to experience the breakthroughs and realities God intends for our lives. (v. 21)

I repeat, "Make your heart right!".

Thanks for reading.

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At this point, I want us to take our minds off Simeon-- and win the temptation to criticise vehemently, and rather put ourselves into the picture, by asking self questions to check if our heart is really right.

The moment we stop being so critical of others and focus more on ourselves and our own flaws, we shall make progress.
Thank you for your contribution.
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I couldn't agree more with this:

The moment we stop being so critical of others and focus more on ourselves and our own flaws, we shall make progress.

Many thanks @sc-n.

Indeed we need to send our mind right with God in order to activate His presence in us. Thank you brother God bless you.

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Exactly bro. Thanks for nice comment. God bless you, too.

Self-examination is key to growth and progress.
We are nothing without God, so we should do all we can to be in the right standing with God.
Thanks for sharing this with us Mike.
God bless you

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Precisely. Our minds need constant renewal in the light of God's word.
Thanks @adedoyinwealth for your wonderful contribution.

"Make your heart right!".

We have to always make our heart right with God so that he can work through us. God only works with people that are without sin in them.Thank you for sharing.

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Yes bro, He's interested in those who will open themselves up to Him. Thanks for stopping by.
Stay awesome!

The knowledge of who God really is will help us to trust Him in all things because the thought He has for us is only for good minus evil.

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You're right @izurich20. Thanks for your fine contribution.
Kind regards.

Surely, with God, we realize things and amazing stuffs but in dealing with God, the most important thing that should plum before activation of amazing things is our heart.

Thanks for sharing with us @degreatmyke

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So true... The miracle every individual needs to experience God's best is: the miracle of the mind.
Thanks for coming around.
Stay blessed!

You have a minor typo in the following sentence:

18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,.
It should be one of the instead of on of the.

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Oh, Daddy Williams... it's been a while. Thanks sir, for stopping by.

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Glad to see you are still sharing His Word!