A HEART THAT GOD SEEKS…
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. 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
Many proponent Christians of the false gospel preachers, teachers and other Christians in the modern churches who have been hoodwinked about the ways of God Almighty when confronted about their sins they are dwelling in, they will profess that you are condemning them, and some of them calling it judgment on them and they excuse themselves from doing what is required of them by the constitution of God’s word in the bible. They give a greater weight to what is being told to them than looking at where the message is leading them. In most cases they have been injected with wrong injection of doctrine, they want to act saintly and above they ought to be, some will say this word as they quote “ God looks at the heart” that is the word of response from someone escaping correction and exposure of sin to save his or her soul. But I have seen this kind in the modern churches who say this is modernity and they want to change the word of God to fit their lifestyle however this is all illusional and deluded to me.
When Church women are told to wear and dress appropriately in their lives as Christians honoring God in their behavior they tend to say God does not mind about the body and appearance of a person or the way they put on. Even those who are naked in miniskirts, bikinis, patras, leggings and trousers will say God looks at the heart and they feel comfortable in their sins and they are told how smart they are by their Pastors so it becomes normal to them, it’s now normal for a lady or girl to come to church without getting ashamed of being half naked, this generation has become so perverse beyond measure.
Today I came with this subject the Heart God looks on that we may break its ice and understand what did really God mean regarding the heart, the word was told to Samuel when God told him not look at the appearance or stature of man God was referring in doing God’s work that is in 1st Samuel16;7 and in this scripture God is trying to give us a crew about the heart is desiring for his Kingdom, one thing one must note is that David was being called into the Kingdom of God, and in the Kingdom of God there is no rebellion, Samuel had sought God wanted muscular people since there wars in the Israel state and the other surrounding nations which was wrong because appearance and stature does not determine somebody’s integrity and character, so God was telling Samuel not to be taken by the appearance of people since God will not choose according to peoples appearance, he does not look at the beauty, race, stature, but he looks at the heart that is true. But the scripture was not referring to dressing and other immorality issues. God was meaning the beauty and race as well stature, someone could be beautiful that does not mean she or he can have a call from God; a Call from God is from heaven before the child is born but because of genealogy most people bear the likeness of the earthly man and therefore God cannot call beauty or stature and that is what he was trying to enlighten about Samuel. According to Samuel he was looking at the physical appearance and this does not work in the Kingdom of God.
The Christians today excuse themselves to continue sinning professing that God looks at the heart and in reality yes God looks at the heart but this scripture is contextual meaning there is something hidden regarding the heart God looks on. When God was telling Samuel in anointing the King after Saul, Samuel was overtaken by the appearance of the elders of David and yet they had no call from God, so God told him that the Lord looks at the heart not like men do, they do look at the beauty of a person and stature and think that is all that is needed in due course they crush away in the drainage.
But there is a mystery underlying a heart that God is looking for because the Kingdom of God is taken in humbleness and obedience. God saying he looks at the heart not appearance he was indicating that there is no rebellion in heaven and everyone does his will and those who rebel cannot take part in the Kingdom of God. In this subject I want us to understand the heart God Almighty is looking for.
What is the heart God looks on?
God looks on and desires a contrite heart and a broken Spirit. This will enable us to understand what is contrite heart or broken spirit as we use the Holy Scriptures.
Meaning of Contrite Heart and Broken Spirit.
Feeling or expressing remorse or penitence; affected by guilt.
“A broken and a contrite heart”
Means Remorseful, repentant, regretful, apologetic, ashamed, sorry chastened, conscience stricken sheepish.
God is looking at the heart that is broken before him and that means this heart is accepting his correction, rebuke, chastenment and his direction, this will indicate a heart that God looks on must be willing to obey his commands and whenever this heart acknowledges sin then the person goes into repentance to continue with the God Almighty, a person with a broken heart and contrite Spirit is willing to do whatever God is telling him without rebellion. A repentant person understands the principles of Repentance. Acknowledgement of sin, confession of sin, candidness about the sin, restitution for the harm caused, ready for the judgment and condemnation God is raising upon him, then to promise never to go back to that sin again, and a repentant attitude is total change of mind, character, will, behavior, personality and turn away from sin and be dependent on God and you will live the life of God wants for you not how you feel, you believe that God is involved in all and he is in all that is repentance.
And a contrite heart can mean Broken down with grief and penitence; deeply sorrowful for sin because it is displeasing to God; humbly and thoroughly penitent.
Those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit are willing to do anything and everything that God asks of them. This means if its condemnation and Judgment they will accept correction and continue to move with him, mostly they feel broken and ashamed of that sin and move away from it not to go back. A broken heart and a broken Spirit is what God is looking in Christians that his word is a constitution for morality, behavior, building character and become dependent on God’s ways only. If we feel comfortable about our behavior minus knowing what God feels about us then we are not contrite in the heart and in the Spirit instead we are rebellious children before God, because we care about ourselves and never minding about what God is feeling about us, a rebellious heart does not have guilt conscience about sin and how God feels about that we are doing and exalting in our lives. Any Christian who does the opposite of what the bible says in terms of regulations of human behavior has a rebellious heart and not repentant, and I can assure you that God is not looking at that heart that is stiff and never changes for goodness of God for his Holy Spirit to rejoice.
Contrite, “crushed,” is only the superlative of “broken”; “a contrite heart” is “a heartbroken to pieces.” In Holy Scripture, the heart is the seat of all feeling, whether joy or sorrow. A contrite heart is one in which the natural pride and self-sufficiency have been completely humbled by the consciousness of guilt. The theological term “contrition” designates more than is found in these passages. It refers to the grief experienced as a consequence of the revelation of sin made by the preaching of the law (Jeremiah 23:29). Many Christians are reluctant to obey the law of God and his commandments professing that it is modernity and they say God looks at the heart, but if the heart is contrary to the word of God is a rebellious heart not a contrite heart God Almighty is looking for. Such a Christian is a joker and not serious at all.
A contrite heart is one in which the natural pride and self-sufficiency have been completely humbled by the consciousness of guilt.” The Hebrew and Greek words often translated “contrite” actually mean “crushed, crippled, or broken.” When contrite modifies heart, we get the picture of a conscience that is crushed by the weight of its own guilt. When a human spirit stops justifying its wrong choices, awakens to the depth of its depravity, and humbly accepts God’s righteous condemnation of sin, contrition is present. A contrite heart offers no excuses and shifts no blame. It fully agrees with God about how evil it is. A contrite heart throws itself upon the mercy of God, knowing that it deserves nothing but righteous wrath like Isaiah did, he accepted his guiltness towards sin and was remorseful for seeing the Lord with unclean lips and eyes.
“How terrible it will be for me!” I cried, “because I am ruined! I’m a man with unclean lips, and I live among a people with unclean lips! And my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of the Heavenly Armies!”(Isaiah 6:5;
As for me, I said,“LORD, be gracious to me!
Heal me, for I have sinned against you!”
Psalm 41:4). The place of contrition is a blessed place to be. God says, “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite”
For this is what the high and lofty One says,who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:“He lives in the height and in holiness, and also with the one who is of a contrite and humble spirit,to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.(Isaiah 57:15).
The contrite are promised a dwelling place with God. Their broken hearts will be revitalized. Jesus illustrates what a contrite heart looks like in Luke 18:10–14.
“Two men went up to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed, ‘O God, I thank you that I’m not like other people—thieves, dishonest people, adulterers, or even this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I give a tenth of my entire income.
“But the tax collector stood at a distance and would not even look up to heaven. Instead, he continued to beat his chest and said, ‘O God, be merciful to me, the sinner that I am!’e I tell you, this man, rather than the other one, went down to his home justified, because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the person who humbles himself will be exalted.”
The humble repentance that God desires is contrasted with self-righteousness in the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. The eloquent prayer of the proud Pharisee did not reach the heart of God, but the humble cry of the repentant sinner brought forgiveness. They both needed mercy, but only the contrite heart was in a position to receive it. Jesus also referenced a contrite heart in the Beatitudes when He said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). The “mourning” here is a grief over one’s own sin. The mercy and forgiveness of God comfort those who see their sin the way He sees it. A contrite heart does not take the forgiveness of God for granted. It is grieved over its own sin and what that sin cost the Son of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). Contrition is a key factor in true repentance. Without it, we are like the proud Pharisee, going through the motions of religion but harboring arrogance in our hearts. Contrition agrees that a heart intent on following Christ must reject evil in all its forms. A contrite heart harbors no thoughts of repeating its sin; rather, it seeks the strength of God to overcome sin and move on toward holiness (1 Peter 1:15–16).
Most Christians today are not contrite in the heart and in the Spirit because there hearts are not open to God for his mercy, they take things for granted, when such Christians are told of their sins and how it is sinful before God they only profess that God is merciful and gracious he looks at the heart. But they never take a step to go and repent from the sins told about instead they are filled with arrogance and pride, they proclaim how much time they have spent in salvation and they never mind about how God is feeling towards sin, in fact in speech it shows that God has excused them for sinning and they are saying God is promoting sin. How perverse this world is making Jesus Christ a promoter of sin really? We are in the grace they claim not knowing the blood of Jesus and grace of God are being trampled on and this only piles up the wrath of God for eternal damnation.
There is one Man i have known in the bible who really had this contrite heart and God gave a testimony about him but when we see his deeds he didn’t glorify God but when he was confronted about his sins he would down and seek mercy of God and accept his sin and repents over sin in mourning and that was King David, God said David was looking after his heart because he always accepted his sin without tranferring guiltness to the others or blaming that it was Satan like many Christians of this modernity say. King David when ever he was told about his sins he would immediately acknowledge and confess his sins before God for forgiveness and he never took it as a judgment for excusing his sins because that would be hiding sin and that takes you away from God Almighty. King David had this contrite heart and broken Spirit towards God and that is what he was always looking for, he told Samuel about this because God foreknew about Davids heart, King David always accepted chastenment of the Lord, he always accepted his judgment and condemnation as he deserved for the damage done. King David always accepted corrections and took rebuke to repentance to turn to God Almighty. David had no self reliance and self dependance, whenever King David knew he had relied on himself he would repent before God. That is a heart is looking for and such a heart God will dwell and that person will dwell with God Almighty at all times.
Lets get to see an example of how David responded especially whenever he was told about his sins you will understand what iam meaning.
so the LORD sent Nathan to David.
Nathana approached Davidb and said, “There are two men in the city. One is rich and one is poor. The rich man has many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing except for one little ewe lamb that he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It used to share his food and drink from his own cup. It even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. A traveler arrived to visit the rich man. Because he was unwilling to take an animal from one of his own flocks or herds to prepare for the guest who had come to visit him, he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to visit him.”
David flew into a rage at the man and told Nathan, “As the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die! 6He will restore the lamb four times its value, because he did this thing, and because he did it without compassion.”
But Nathan replied to David, “You are the man! This is what the LORD God of Israel says:
“‘I anointed you king—and you became king over Israel.
“‘I delivered you from Saul’s control.
“‘I gave you your formerc master’s household.
“‘I placed your formerd master’s wives right in your arms.
“‘I gave youe Israel and Judah.
“‘And if this had been too little, I would have added much more than that to you!
“‘Why did you despise what the LORD has promised by doing what is detestable in his sight?
“‘You struck down Uriah the Hittite with a battle sword.
“‘You took his wife to be your own.
“‘You killed him with the sword of the Ammonite army.
“‘Therefore the sword will never leave your household, because you have despised me by taking the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.
“This is what the LORD says:
“‘Listen very carefully!
“‘I’m raising up evil against you right out of your own household.
“‘I’m going to take your wives away from you right before your eyes.
“‘Then I’ll give them to your neighbor.
“‘And then he’s going to have sex with your wives in broad daylight!
“‘What you did in secret I’m going to do right in front of all Israel and in broad daylight as well!’”
At this point, David told Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” 2Samuel12:1-13.
When Nathan called on David on his sinning ways and the evil he did David acted maturely in the Spirit and showed his contrition in the heart without taking blame and never became sturbbon in the heart and David demonstrated maturity in the Spirit. How i wish that the modern church Christians today could realize the heart God is looking for, instead of excusing themselves from doing what is required of them and continue doing things that God has regulated in his Holy Word. God Almighty is not looking at such hearts, God is looking for a heart that is contrite because that kind of heart is a mature heart, no self reliance, no rebellion but its obedient and depends on God Almighty. Anyone who excues himself from doing the righteouness and holiness of God is self reliant and self depedant so he or she is rebellious and not repentant.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, and he delivers those whose spirit has been crushed. God Almighty is looking for the humble in the heart who are willing to accept his judgment and condemnation and who never take his word in vain, the broken heart is a pure heart because it hids no sin, a contrite heart acknowledges sin and it is conscieous of sin and ashamed of sin and becomes broken for having done it and repents from that sin without giving excuses.
Many Christians today behave like King Saul when told about his sins he committed when God had sent him to demolish amalekites he transferred the blame and never felt guilty of his sin and he was sturbbon in the heart. Lets take his story also and learn from the story.
This message from the LORD came to Samuel: “I regret that I made Saul king, because he has turned away from following me and has not carried out my commands.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the LORD all night.
Samuel got up early in the morning to meet Saul, but Samuel was told, “Saul went up to Carmel to set up a monument for himself. Then he turned around and traveled on to Gilgal.”
Samuel approached Saul. “May the LORD bless you,” Saul said. “I’ve carried out the LORD’s command.”
Samuel said, “Then what is this bleating of sheep in my ears and the lowing of cattle that I hear?”
Saul replied, “They brought them from the Amalekites. The people spared the best of the sheep and cattle to offer sacrifices to the LORD your God, and the rest they completely destroyed.”
“Be quiet!” Samuel said. “I’ll tell you what the LORD told me last night.”
Saul told him, “Speak.
So Samuel replied, “Is it not true that though you were small in your own eyes you became head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed you king over Israel? The LORD sent you on a mission: ‘Go and completely destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they’re destroyed.’ Why didn’t you obey the LORD, but grabbed the spoil and did evil in the LORD’s sight?”
Saul told Samuel, “I did obey the LORD. I went on the mission on which the LORD sent me, I brought Agag king of Amalek, and I completely destroyed the Amalekites. The people took some of the spoil—sheep, cattle, and the best of what was to be completely destroyed—to sacrifice to the LORD your God at Gilgal.”
Samuel said, “Does the LORD delight as much in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the LORD? Surely, to obey is better than sacrifice,
to pay attention is better than the fat of rams. Indeed, rebellion is the sin of divination, and arrogance is iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected this message from the LORD, he has rejected you from being king.” 1Samuel15:10-23.
When you look at the story of Saul and Samuel its contetion story between the two. Samuel was sent by God to go and tell Saul about the sin he had done before God, he had not carried the instruction God had given to him, Saul when called upon he did not acknowledge his sin instead he started arguing with Samuel the Prophet, he was only sturbbon and he had self reliance and never depended on God Almighty. Saul didn’t care about what God was feeling for not carring his instruction the way he had wanted but he only cared about how spared the best sheep for sacrifice. King Saul was not contrite in the heart and therefore he was rebellious in the heart and kind of heart God doesn’t accept. King Saul didn’t have the Holy fear towards his master. He took God’s mercy for granted. Even when Samuel the Prophet called him to acknowledge his sins, he never accepted instead he was contending with Samuel over the same Issue.
And Samuel describes the sturbbonness in the heart as rebellion against God’s judgment which is the same practicing sorcerery and idolatry sin. When a person doesn’t not respond to the judgment of God and chastenment he is considered to be a sorcererer and idolater before God because he is self reliant and believe God not and that is serious. Those kinds of heart God cannot be near, they despise the will of God to be done on earth.
This is what God says in the scriptures:
This is what the Lord says:
“Heaven is my throne,and the earth is my footstool.Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things,and so they came into being?”declares the Lord.“
These are the ones I look on with favor:those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word. Isaiah66:1-2.
God loves people who take his word and message seriously and act towards it, those he considers humble and contrite in the spirit, it could be a word of condemnation or judgment regarding your sin. If you tremble at his word and respond with confession and repentance towards his word than contention then you are humble and broken in the Spirit and that shows without him you cannot live, and without his word we cannot live and makes God happy because you believe in him and love to be with him. God Almighty is not looking for the sacrifices or offering you give because that is part of his requirements for everyone who believes in Jesus Christ. They make no one special it is required of us. But God is interested in the broken heart that is pure before him and repentant before and always ready to accept his corrections, judgments, laws, commandments, and chastenment. Any person can offer and tithes but he could be rebellious. That cannot make him righteous or holy before God.
Many Christians today are short of contrite hearts, they never repent for change. The Holy Spirit has told Christians of today about their sins in the church, forexample many women have been told about wearing trousers, weaving hairstyles, miniskirts and many others even the men are told about tattoos, wearing balances and hairstyles but they never respond to the trumpet call of repentance, they exclaim that God looks at the heart. Yet God is the one who has regulated the same things, so these type of Christians only focus on what either they give to God minus understanding that God looks at the repentant hearts which tremble at his word for correction. The Holy Spirit is grieved from year to year but the same cannot understand that but only exclaim how God looks at the heart. Christians today have no fear in God’s word. His instruction and guidance is despised by many and that is very dangerous.
Many Christians today under false gospel preachers are told that a born again cannot and doesn’t sin as they exclaim Jesus Christ died for all sins and took them away and so no need of repentance. Oh how perverse is this generation, Jesus Christ didn’t come to excuse sinner rather to deliver a sinner from power of sin. But according to the today’s televangelists, grace preachers have killed the people of God with wrong doctrine and killed their conscieous for sin, Christians never get ashamed of their sins. Oh this generation has sinned greatly against the Glory of God.
Can you imagine some Christian churches in this modenity say they are Christs and some call themselves Holy Spirit, they are told they never sin at all. But they continue to believe in their own understanding that their prayers are heard and God Almighty is pleased with them. Honestly speaking this is rediculous, God looks at the heart that will tremble at his word and his will. And God’s will is to obey him in everything where the Holy Spirit convicts us. But someone calls himself Jesus Christ and the other Holy Spirit who will convict them? Many Christians have lived that kind of deception by the false gospel teachers and preachers in the process they have trampled on the Grace of God and making the blood of Jesus Christ work in vain.
Grace is not white washing of sin but utter eradication from power of the sin that leads to righteousness unto holiness.
Grace does away with the inability of the person to fulfill the requirement.
Forgiveness is not an allowance to continue in sin. Forgiveness demands a cessation of offense. Mercy is not about ignoring continuous sin or deliberate sinners. Mercy says, “I will forego consequences, with the prospect that you no longer act as deserving of them.” As Jesus said to the adulterous woman, whom He forgave, “Go and sin no more” (John 8). To the lame man He healed, He said, “Sin no more, lest something worse come to you” (John 5:14). That is part of the grace of God. Grace goes on to empower the sinner to repent and to change from being a sinner to being a saint, without expecting virtue from the sinner, something that was never there to begin with.
Grace does not remove the requirement, doing away with the Law of God, which the carnal man would prefer in his sin (he cannot keep or obey the Law and, indeed, has no desire whatsoever to do so). That would be like sending a student to the next grade because he could not pass the one he was in. Does that make sense? Rather, grace does away with the inability of the person to fulfill the requirement; grace provides both desire and ability to live in holiness. That is like teaching and training the student so that he can pass to the next level. Does that not make sense? This means the Grace of God gives us power to repent and repentance is not sadness but change and the change will bring joy in our lives and then rejoice in the Lord Jesus with freedom.
Grace does not cover over or leave sin’s power intact. It leads to repentance
Grace is not license for sinning instead for transformation of a person from sinful nature into spiritual of Godhead and that is the power of God. (Surprised by the mystery of Grace in Christ).
Many Christians profess how they are in the grace and this hindered them from understanding the purpose of God’s grace in Christ Jesus. The grace of God enables us to have contrite hearts not rebellion in the hearts. Christians are never changing but they exclaim how long they have spent in salvation and how many years they have spent in salvation only fools would give such kind of statements. As long as you are not doing what the word of God requires you, you are wasting your time. You may get many revelations, visions and speak in tongues because God’s gifts are irrovocable but you cannot please God at all. Most modern Christians i come across will say that what matters is relationship with Jesus Christ the rest he doesn’t mind he only looks at the hearts. I wonder which kind of relationship you have with Christ when you are stuck in sin and never repenting really? I don’t think that is the True Christ.
True Christ Jesus made his manifest to eradicate sin not to encourage sin, anyone living beside the word of God cannot be under his authority and he is disqualified for everything good work for being abominable, disobedient and can never dwell with God Almighty. Has God now become a partaker of Sin? Certainly not and God for bid. God Almighty is Holy and lives in purity including his son.
And You Christians stop accusing God of looking at the hearts that are living in rebellion. God looks on listening hearts, broken hearts, contrite hearts and with such hearts they are sacrifices he delights in not your offerings or giving. God cannot be bought with what we offer in order to have compassion but he will be delighted at our changed attitudes, behavior, character on things he has condemned of us and stop our self reliance on our wisdom, our knowledge and our understanding to God all these are abominable and destetable.
God is looking for hearts that tremble at his word of correction and message like David. God is still searching for such hearts but this generation is a disappointment. Shame on us!!!.
Instead of looking for God’s heart we only focusing on desires of the flesh and we only want to be prophesied on in a good way. the message of judgment, condemning us of our sins we cannot accept them. Only christians will be happy if they are told they will prosper. That is the message they believe is coming from God, so any message condemning them and calling for repentance is not from God Almighty. There you become a false teacher and a judge. I can assure you that any heart that rejects God’s will for repentance can never dwell in the presence of God not now only but also in the generation to comes.
A contrite heart is the only gateway where every one must pass to reach God Almighty.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
My sacrifice, O God, isb a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, you God, will not despise. Psalms51:16-17.
David only came with a broken heart and a broken Spirit those are best sacrices God is looking for.
God wants those acknowledge their sins, confess them and turn away from them that they may allow the Holy Spirit to manifest and do works of God Almighty. Those are a few Christians today. Many Christians do not want to hear the word repentance in their lives forgetting its the only gateway anyone must take to reach God. Minus understanding that principle you are rebellious in the heart and never deserving in Gods presence.
Those who delight in evil and in your sins and be proud of them thinking God looks at your heart shame on you and you are damned.
This is what the Lord says to the people of Judah and to Jerusalem:
“Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns.
Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, circumcise your hearts,
you people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem,
or my wrath will flare up and burn like fire
because of the evil you have done—burn with no one to quench it. Jeremiah4:3-4.
Therefore brethren when you hear the voice of the Holy Spirit today for your conviction, do not harden your hearts as some did and died in the wilderness.
Anyone who was caught in the days violating the law of Moses on 2 or 3 witnesses died without mercy now tell me how much more will it be for this generation for having trampled on the blood of Jesus Christ, the Spirit of Grace and insulted the Holy Spirit.
I pray that God give you grace and have mercy on you that you escape his fearful wrath and damnation.
I remain Asher Namanya the Bondservant of God The Father and of the Lord Jesus Christ through to which everything is done by the Holy Spirit power.