I don’t know if you are aware of it, but Jesus knows what’s up in your life. He knows what is happening in your bank account. He knows the things you do in secret. He even knows what you are thinking.
God knows your thoughts.
“The Lord knows people’s thoughts! (Psalms 94:11)
“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.” (Psalms 139:1-2)
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (Hebrews 4:12)
“No one needed to tell him (Jesus) about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart.” (John 2:25)
On one occasion, Jesus healed a paralyzed man. The religious leaders were unhappy. We are told that, “Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts?” (Luke 5:22)
Another time Jesus was with his disciples. They were discussing the Kingdom of God. We are told, “But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he brought a little child to his side.” (Luke 9:47)
There are countless other times when we are told that “Jesus knew their thoughts” or “knew what they were thinking.”
God sees all.
God knows what is going on in your life. He knows about everything. He sees it all. He sees right through us, into our hearts. He even knows our deepest thoughts.
This is both comforting and scary.
We live in a world of wearing masks. It is easy to hide the real you behind the mask.
Some wear masks. They pretend that they are fine and rosy, but inside they are broken. Some live lives that look clear and holy on the outside, but behind closed doors they are living a double standard life, filled with darkness and deceit.
It is easy to wear a mask around others, but God sees the real you.
He knows about everything.
The shiny red apple.
A while back, I had a beautiful crisp red apple. It looked good and I was looking forward to eating it. I took one bite, and it was terrible. I spat it out.
This shiny red apple looked so good on the outside, but it was worm-infested and rotten to the core.
Sometimes we can look so good on the outside, but we can be rotten on the inside.
Talking about fruit, Jesus said, “A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.” (Matthew 7:17-20)
What is the fruit like in your life?
The good, bad, and the ugly.
We cannot hide anything from God. He knows all our thoughts. He knows what is happening in our heart.
God tells us, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10)
God knows that our hearts and thoughts are sometimes evil. Yet he still loves you and me.
So much so, that he even sent Jesus to usher in a New Covenant, where we can find forgiveness and be set free from our past evil thoughts and actions.
We are told, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” (Romans 3:23-24)
Thank God for his mercy and grace.
God’s word is clear. He offers forgiveness. You can start over. God can cleanse your sinful thoughts. He can renew your heart. He can make all things new. You can begin again.
We are told that God, “he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalms 103:10-12)
God brought in a New Covenant through Jesus. He tells us, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:12)
This is only possible because of the price Jesus paid on the cross.
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God looks at the heart.
When God chose David to be the next King, he sent the prophet Samuel to Jesse’s home revealing to him that one of his sons would be the next King.
When the prophet arrived, he took one look at Jesse’s eldest son. He was strong, well built, and good looking. Samuel thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!”
He was just looking at the outward appearance. We are told, “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
Jesse lined up all his sons, but the prophet stated that none of these had been chosen as the next King. “Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.” “Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.” (1 Samuel 16:11)
The most unlikely to be chosen as King, according to his dad, was David, yet God chose him.
David was known as “a man after God’s own heart.” (Acts 13:22)
Live for God.
God knows your thoughts. He sees all. He sees the real you. He
You may have messed up. Your thoughts may be dirty and dark. If so, come to God, acknowledge your sins. He wants to cleanse you. You can start over.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Through the blood of Jesus, you can find complete forgiveness. You can be washed clean.
“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
Renew your mind.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
Fix your thoughts on good things.
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8)
Guard your heart.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23)
Live to please God.
“Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You live this way already, and we encourage you to do so even more.” (1 Thessalonians 4:1)
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