Giving God Our Heart

Written by Joyce C. Lock

~ Giving God Our Heart ~

As humans, we want to be and hope to be good enough, while falling flat on our face again and again ... and, sometimes, even give up atrepparttar seemingly impossible. And if someone else doesn't kick us inrepparttar 147155 pants for failing, we most assuredly do it to ourselves.

But, what we may not realize is that our early spiritual growth is often a bit like learning to ride a bicycle. We do get some bumps, knocks, and skins alongrepparttar 147156 way ... and God doesn't even care that we fall, as long as we get up and try again. Proverbs 24:16

But,repparttar 147157 reason we fall has to do with our 'hope' to be good enough, as if it is something that can be earned. Satan uses that against us, to trip us in our journey, so he can gloat, "Failure!" again and again. In such, asrepparttar 147158 accuser ofrepparttar 147159 brethren, he makes sure we see ourselves in a fallen state because, as long as we believe God cannot receive us, he can keep us from knowingrepparttar 147160 truth.

Everything God creates is good, and that includes you. So, He is notrepparttar 147161 least bit offended by what humans deem as imperfection. In fact, God cannot look upon sin. So, when He looks upon us, He sees us as He created us to be and He knows, outside of darkness, whatrepparttar 147162 true choices of our heart would be. It's us that is often lacking in being able to see beyondrepparttar 147163 darkness, and so darkness is often where we dwell.

Though, what causesrepparttar 147164 real and lasting difference is when we make loving God our choice.

Consider this. Let's say you have a child. Then, Satan comes along and tries to convince you to give that child up for adoption. He might start with something like, "See, they don't really love you, because they didn't answer at your first call." Now, wouldn't that be a bit ridiculous? But then, maybe, next time, you were not pleased with that child's response. Even so, there is no way you would give that child up for adoption. Then, asrepparttar 147165 child grows, tantrums begin. You might want to paddle their behind. But, you wouldn't give them away. And, as they get older, you might even feel like 'pitching them outrepparttar 147166 window'. Though, still, as tempting as it may be, you wouldn't do that or give them away.


Written by Joyce C. Lock

~ Gladness ~

Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place. Letrepparttar heavens be glad, and letrepparttar 147154 earth rejoice: and let men say amongrepparttar 147155 nations, The LORD reigneth.

And atrepparttar 147156 dedication ofrepparttar 147157 wall of Jerusalem they soughtrepparttar 147158 Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keeprepparttar 147159 dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings, and with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps.

The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour. And in every province, and in every city, whithersoeverrepparttar 147160 king's commandment and his decree came,repparttar 147161 Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day.

Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than inrepparttar 147162 time that their corn and their wine increased. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities; Be glad inrepparttar 147163 LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

My soul shall make her boast inrepparttar 147164 LORD:repparttar 147165 humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Letrepparttar 147166 LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure inrepparttar 147167 prosperity of his servant. Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.

Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee withrepparttar 147168 oil of gladness above thy fellows. All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out ofrepparttar 147169 ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter intorepparttar 147170 king's palace.

There is a river,repparttar 147171 streams whereof shall make gladrepparttar 147172 city of God,repparttar 147173 holy place ofrepparttar 147174 tabernacles ofrepparttar 147175 most High. Let mount Zion rejoice, letrepparttar 147176 daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.

Make me to hear joy and gladness; thatrepparttar 147177 bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Oh thatrepparttar 147178 salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth backrepparttar 147179 captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad. The righteous shall be glad inrepparttar 147180 LORD, and shall trust in him; and allrepparttar 147181 upright in heart shall glory.

O letrepparttar 147182 nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judgerepparttar 147183 people righteously, and governrepparttar 147184 nations upon earth. Selah.

But letrepparttar 147185 righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice. The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.

Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified. For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph inrepparttar 147186 works of thy hands. Letrepparttar 147187 heavens rejoice, and letrepparttar 147188 earth be glad; letrepparttar 147189 sea roar, andrepparttar 147190 fulness thereof.

The LORD reigneth; letrepparttar 147191 earth rejoice; letrepparttar 147192 multitude of isles be glad thereof. Zion heard, and was glad; andrepparttar 147193 daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.

Light is sown forrepparttar 147194 righteous, and gladness forrepparttar 147195 upright in heart. Serverepparttar 147196 LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing, and wine that maketh gladrepparttar 147197 heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.

My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad inrepparttar 147198 LORD.

Egypt was glad when they departed: forrepparttar 147199 fear of them fell upon them. And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness: Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

This isrepparttar 147200 day whichrepparttar 147201 LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.

A Song of degrees of David. I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go intorepparttar 147202 house ofrepparttar 147203 Lord. The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son isrepparttar 147204 heaviness of his mother. The hope ofrepparttar 147205 righteous shall be gladness: butrepparttar 147206 expectation ofrepparttar 147207 wicked shall perish. Heaviness inrepparttar 147208 heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. Whoso mockethrepparttar 147209 poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.

Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

Draw me, we will run after thee:repparttar 147210 king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine:repparttar 147211 upright love thee.

Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon withrepparttar 147212 crown wherewith his mother crowned him inrepparttar 147213 day of his espousals, and inrepparttar 147214 day ofrepparttar 147215 gladness of his heart. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this isrepparttar 147216 LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Ye shall have a song, as inrepparttar 147217 night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come intorepparttar 147218 mountain ofrepparttar 147219 LORD, torepparttar 147220 mighty One of Israel.

The wilderness andrepparttar 147221 solitary place shall be glad for them; andrepparttar 147222 desert shall rejoice, and blossom asrepparttar 147223 rose. Andrepparttar 147224 ransomed ofrepparttar 147225 LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

And Hezekiah was glad of them, and shewed themrepparttar 147226 house of his precious things,repparttar 147227 silver, andrepparttar 147228 gold, andrepparttar 147229 spices, andrepparttar 147230 precious ointment, and allrepparttar 147231 house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

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