Success Begins On the Inside
…Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7 NIV
How many times have you heard that success begins on the inside? Probably many, many times because it is true! Success begins in our hearts. Do you like to read the Psalms? I do.
Psalms 120-134 give us great principles for success and promotion in life. King David wrote these Psalms and his life demonstrated that these principles work. It makes no difference whether you are a mommy or a daddy, a pastor, a clerk, or a teacher. These principles work for anyone.
I look forward to meeting David in heaven. He did many things wrong, but he had a very special place in the heart of God. He had great character. He was promoted and became famous. And knew how to honor people.
Although he committed adultery with Bathsheba, and was guilty of other sins, he was still called “a man after God’s own heart” Acts 13:22. How can that be? Do you want to know? I hope you do!
God judged David by his heart. IF we repent, God judges us by our hearts, not our actions.
God prefers a right heart, above all. A right heart is tender toward Him and repentant for wrong actions. God rebuked many people in the Old Testament because they had hardened their hearts. Many of the people He rebuked for hardened hearts, followed the law to the letter. The people said they loved the Lord with their lips and actions, but their hearts were far from Him (Isaiah 29:13).
David was different; he kept his heart pure for God. He was quick to repent and seek the face of God. God chastened him many times because of his sins, but David always came back stronger than ever and became a better man and a better king than before.
David knew that before any outward action is taken, sin begins as a thought in our hearts. If we keep our thoughts pure, we will keep our hearts pure. Solomon, David’s son, wrote most of Proverbs. He said:
Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust (Prov. 4:23-27 MSG).
You see, what most people don’t realize is that our mouth, eyes and hands are controlled by our heart. If our heart is pure, it is easier to keep our tongue from sinning and keep our actions on the right track.
Are you keeping a vigilant watch over your heart? That’s the choice driven life!
Today’s Bible Reading:
1 Kings 4; Prov 1-2; Rom 9; Psalm 43
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