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To Whom Does God Look?

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“But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” (Isa. 66:2)

God is not impressed by good looks, wealth, intelligence, education, strength, or any other trait or accomplishment we humans esteem. We strive for these things. We look to one another by comparison to see if we look better, are in better condition, have accomplished more, have more wealth, bigger houses and so on. We look at the outward appearances and accomplishments.

But God looks at the heart and He knows. He knows what is in our hearts. He knows our motives, our character and what is important to us. He knows.

This verse gives me a priority on something different than the world around me. The goal or priority of humility before God and respectfully ingesting and obeying His Word.

No matter what my circumstances, accomplishments, or talents, I do have the choice. This verse shows me what is important to God – humility, contriteness and trembling at His Word.

Maranatha,
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Leading Like Jesus

ThankYouJesus2 Recently, I did some training on Leading Like Jesus while meeting with leaders from Central Asia. One delegate came up after a session with tears in her eyes and said, “We have only known the ‘Pharisee-way’ in our churches. We thought it was right because everyone used this method. Now we see a different model. This is so freeing.”

We remain amazed at how the Spirit regularly brings repentance when leaders see themselves in the Pharisees and ‘see’ what Jesus thinks of it. They often go through some brokenness in how they have failed Jesus as leaders. This often results in a heart to follow His model.

We praise Him for His patience with us as we seek to more closely align ourselves with His ways.

Following Him,
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The Nations

MLI_GlobeJesus came for people from every tribe, nation and peoples. Some of His last words to the Disciples reflect this heart and provided clear focus for their actions.

Jesus said, “… that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:47)

Take a moment to ask Abba how He wants you to focus some of your actions toward peoples of the nations.

Maranatha,
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The Lord Ponders Our Heart

A guest post in honor of Mike Harrison, who was promoted into the presence of Jesus on September 10. Mike served as one of the founding team members of MentorLink Philippines and has mentored many Filipino leaders in the Toronto area. He was a regular devotional contributor to MentorLink’s weekly Prayer Update. We will miss his godly wisdom and articulate writing and insight. Please be in prayer for his wife and family.

The Lord Ponders Our Heart

heart reflection handleWe are much concerned with our outward appearance and demeanor before others. What will they think of me if I wear this outfit or perform in that way! The Lord, however, goes to the center of our being, our heart, and “ponders” or “weighs” the heart (Proverbs 21:2, 24:12), and searches (Jeremiah 17:10) the heart in order to “know” (Luke 16:15) the true self and motives behind what we do and say!

To ponder (consider) or weigh (evaluate) the heart indicates that the Lord is most concerned about that which is on the inside and not necessarily concerned with the outside! We remember the call and anointing of David, the youngest son of Jesse, as king of Israel. When asked by the prophet Samuel if Jesse had any more sons, Jesse said, just one watching the sheep! Samuel then made that significant statement, “For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

Furthermore, the Lord searches (examines) our hearts: “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds” (Jeremiah 17:10). Thus the Lord “knows” the heart of man (Luke 16:15) and is most capable of judging our actions, deeds, and motives.

What does our Lord observe and see when He “considers” our heart and why we do what we do? What will He find in your heart today? Is it honorable, respectable, or deceitful as we learned previously from Jeremiah?

Myron “Mike” Harrison
Toronto, Canada