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Exodus 3:14 “And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

Jesus (Yeshua) saidin the New Testament many times that He and God are One.   That He came to do the Father’s business and He spoke unto the orthodox Jewish faith calling Himself, the I AM.   This type of speech was considered blasphemes among the Pharisees and one of the real reasons they wanted to crucify Him.   Now understand this, the Pharisees knew the bible better than most of us today, including me.  They practiced the law and lived a holier life than we can even imagine, yet they did not recognize the Messiah.   Why did they become so upset at Jesus for saying “I AM…”   Listen to what Jesus said in His own words from the Book of John that spoke of His divinity with God the Father.

“I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger.” John 6:35

“I am the light of the world; he who fallows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12

“I am the gate; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9

“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.” John 10:11

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies.” John 11:25

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” John 14:6

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.” John 15:1

The real key is what did the Holy Spirit reveal to others about who Jesus is.   Matthew 16:15″Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

These are not the words of a coward who wanted to get along with everybody and not rock the boat.  Jesus was slapping the religious hypocrites right in their face publicly.   Jesus more than once called the Pharisees and religous leaders hypocrites and lets look at these to understand why these false teachers were upsetting to God. Matthew 23:13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.”

Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward”  Matthew 6:5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.”  Matthew 6:16 ““Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

Today, many churches and denominations have lost touch with the true Messiah and have created a church that wants the sensual blessings of God.  These churches teach false doctrines of prosperity, faith without works and you are owed by God because of your rightful inheritance helps fill the seats of the sanctuary.

However, like the Pharisee and religious leaders of old, they have removed the true HOLINESS and power of God from their sermons.  Their pride has them believing they know more than others and instead of hearing Jesus say, “I AM… these false teachers are stating “I AM the spokesperson for God….”  They sprinkling their messages with hope and love of all mankind without any regards to the effects of sin and repentance unto salvation.   GOD IS HOLY.   JESUS CAME BECAUSE A SACRIFICE WAS NEEDED TO RESTORE AN UNHOLY MAN TO A HOLY GOD.

As believers, we are to grow in maturity that imitates Jesus and become righteous through obedience.  This is why Abraham’s obedience was counted unto righteousness.  Jesus even said in Matthew 5:20 “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”   James 2:20″But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?


Only through true repentance and believing in faith in the Son of God (Yeshua/Jesus) can you be saved.

I AM!    Think about this statement of the name of God given to Moses and spoken by Christ.   I AM, this is a statement of true power, that there is no other God before Him.  I AM everywhere and created everything.   I AM all knowing and there is nothing that can escape His understanding.   I AM is an ever present God at each moment forever and ever.



We Hear What We Want To Hear

Buddha said “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill”  Confucius states “I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand”  In Mark 4:9 “Then Jesus (Yeshua) said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”   After Jesus gave a story about what you sow is what you reap, His disciples asked him, what did you say?  What was your meaning behind the words that we heard?

Often, our own experiences, emotions, situations and attitudes interprets what we hear so that we only hear what we want to hear and ignore that which does not fit our own agenda, feelings or beliefs.  But the truth is still the truth and will remain the truth no matter how you wish to receive it.

Listening involves getting our own attitudes and emotions into the right frame of mind to hear what the other person is truly saying. If your mindset is negative and hopelessness all you will get is negativity and hurt. That is why it is so important to stay in a positive frame of mind, so that when you listen, you can be objective. Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

David tells Solomon in 1 Chronicles 28:9 “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”

The truth is clear, it is our interpretation that creates the confusion, trying to listen without accepting our own limitations, immaturity or lack of compassion.   We close off our minds and tune out conversations that do not give us what we think we want.   To grow in grace and mercy will often require us to change our thoughts, actions and desires to imitate Christ Jesus.   Listening leads to understanding, action and doing leads to change.

Yom Kippur: An easy fast?

Did you celebrate Yom Kippur? During this past day several friends wrote notes on Facebook wishing us all an “easy fast.” I’ve heard this wish from friends so many times in the past, but for the first time it hit me, “The fast should not be easy!” Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of fasting? I don’t enjoy fasting. I don’t enjoy pain. But the Torah also describes fasting as “afflicting our souls.” Isn’t the purpose of fasting to confront our flesh and make it clear that it (our flesh) will not run our life. Aren’t we telling our flesh that our spirit (connected to God’s Spirit) will run our life instead. Please give this a little thougth and tell me what you think.Image

Listen to Understand, Learn To Grow

LISTENING is important in life, leadership and relationships for two main reasons, first to understand the speaker’s thoughts, feelings, experiences, understanding, relationships and beliefs. The second reason is for your own personal growth. By listening you can learn and understand how to apply the teachings from life. Prideful people talk to much because they already know everything while t

he humble seek to understand and learn about others and from them. Proverbs 18:13 “To answer before listening— that is folly and shame” Proverbs 19:27 “Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge” James 1:19 “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires” It is God’s desire that you pay attention and listen in Psalm 46:10 God says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” BE ALERT, BE STILL AND LISTEN INTENTLY TO GROW IN GRACE AND MERCIES.
Additional bible study verses:
(Gen 18:10 ESV)  The LORD said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him.

(Gen 27:5 ESV)  Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it,

(2Sa 20:17 ESV)  And he came near her, and the woman said, “Are you Joab?” He answered, “I am.” Then she said to him, “Listen to the words of your servant.” And he answered, “I am listening.”

(1Ki 8:28 ESV)  Yet have regard to the prayer of your servant and to his plea, O LORD my God, listening to the cry and to the prayer that your servant prays before you this day,

(2Ch 6:19 ESV)  Yet have regard to the prayer of your servant and to his plea, O LORD my God, listening to the cry and to the prayer that your servant prays before you,

(Job 9:16 ESV)  If I summoned him and he answered me, I would not believe that he was listening to my voice.

(Job 13:17 ESV)  Keep listening to my words, and let my declaration be in your ears.

(Job 21:2 ESV)  “Keep listening to my words, and let this be your comfort.

(Job 37:2 ESV)  Keep listening to the thunder of his voice and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.

(Pro 25:12 ESV)  Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

(Son 8:13 ESV)  O you who dwell in the gardens, with companions listening for your voice; let me hear it.

(Jer 18:10 ESV)  and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it.

(Mat 2:9 ESV)  After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.

(Luk 2:46 ESV)  After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

(Act 16:25 ESV)  About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

(2Ti 4:4 ESV)  and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
(Act 20:31 ESV)  Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears.

(Eph 6:18 ESV)  praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
(Deu 1:13 ESV)  Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads.’

(Deu 4:6 ESV)  Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’

(Deu 32:28 ESV)  “For they are a nation void of counsel, and there is no understanding in them.

(1Ki 3:9 ESV)  Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

(1Ki 3:11 ESV)  And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,

(1Ki 4:29 ESV)  And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore,

(1Ki 7:14 ESV)  He was the son of a widow of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze. And he was full of wisdom, understanding, and skill for making any work in bronze. He came to King Solomon and did all his work.

(1Ch 12:32 ESV)  Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command.

(1Ch 22:12 ESV)  Only, may the LORD grant you discretion and understanding, that when he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the LORD your God.

(1Ch 27:32 ESV)  Jonathan, David’s uncle, was a counselor, being a man of understanding and a scribe. He and Jehiel the son of Hachmoni attended the king’s sons.

(2Ch 2:12 ESV)  Hiram also said, “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who made heaven and earth, who has given King David a wise son, who has discretion and understanding, who will build a temple for the LORD and a royal palace for himself.

(2Ch 2:13 ESV)  “Now I have sent a skilled man, who has understanding, Huram-abi,

(Neh 10:28 ESV)  “The rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the temple servants, and all who have separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the Law of God, their wives, their sons, their daughters, all who have knowledge and understanding,

(Job 8:10 ESV)  Will they not teach you and tell you and utter words out of their understanding?

(Job 11:6 ESV)  and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom! For he is manifold in understanding. Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.

(Job 11:12 ESV)  But a stupid man will get understanding when a wild donkey’s colt is born a man!

(Job 12:3 ESV)  But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know such things as these?

(Job 12:12 ESV)  Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.

(Job 12:13 ESV)  “With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding.

(Job 12:24 ESV)  He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth and makes them wander in a pathless waste.

(Job 17:4 ESV)  Since you have closed their hearts to understanding, therefore you will not let them triumph.

(Job 20:3 ESV)  I hear censure that insults me, and out of my understanding a spirit answers me.

(Job 26:12 ESV)  By his power he stilled the sea; by his understanding he shattered Rahab.

(Job 28:12 ESV)  “But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?

(Job 28:20 ESV)  “From where, then, does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?

(Job 28:28 ESV)  And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'”

(Job 34:10 ESV)  “Therefore, hear me, you men of understanding: far be it from God that he should do wickedness, and from the Almighty that he should do wrong.

(Job 34:16 ESV)  “If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.

(Job 34:34 ESV)  Men of understanding will say to me, and the wise man who hears me will say:

(Job 36:5 ESV)  “Behold, God is mighty, and does not despise any; he is mighty in strength of understanding.

(Job 38:4 ESV)  “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.

(Job 38:36 ESV)  Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?

(Job 39:17 ESV)  because God has made her forget wisdom and given her no share in understanding.

(Job 39:26 ESV)  “Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars and spreads his wings toward the south?

(Psa 32:9 ESV)  Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.

(Psa 49:3 ESV)  My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.

(Psa 49:20 ESV)  Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

(Psa 82:5 ESV)  They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

(Psa 111:10 ESV)  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

(Psa 119:34 ESV)  Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.

(Psa 119:73 ESV)  Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.

(Psa 119:99 ESV)  I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.

(Psa 119:104 ESV)  Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.

(Psa 119:125 ESV)  I am your servant; give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies!

(Psa 119:130 ESV)  The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

(Psa 119:144 ESV)  Your testimonies are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live.

(Psa 119:169 ESV)  Let my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to your word!

(Psa 136:5 ESV)  to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever;

(Psa 147:5 ESV)  Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.

(Pro 2:2 ESV)  making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;

(Pro 2:3 ESV)  yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,

(Pro 2:6 ESV)  For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

(Pro 2:11 ESV)  discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you,

(Pro 3:5 ESV)  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

(Pro 3:13 ESV)  Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,

(Pro 3:19 ESV)  The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens;

(Pro 5:1 ESV)  My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding,

(Pro 8:1 ESV)  Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice?

(Pro 10:13 ESV)  On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.

(Pro 10:23 ESV)  Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.

(Pro 11:12 ESV)  Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.

(Pro 14:6 ESV)  A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.

(Pro 14:29 ESV)  Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

(Pro 14:33 ESV)  Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding, but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.

(Pro 15:14 ESV)  The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.

(Pro 15:21 ESV)  Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.

(Pro 16:16 ESV)  How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

(Pro 17:10 ESV)  A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.

(Pro 17:27 ESV)  Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

(Pro 18:2 ESV)  A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

(Pro 19:8 ESV)  Whoever gets sense loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will discover good.

(Pro 19:25 ESV)  Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge.

(Pro 20:5 ESV)  The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.

(Pro 21:30 ESV)  No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the LORD.

(Pro 23:23 ESV)  Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.

(Pro 24:3 ESV)  By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;

(Pro 28:2 ESV)  When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.

(Pro 28:7 ESV)  The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father.

(Pro 28:11 ESV)  A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.

(Pro 28:16 ESV)  A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor, but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.

(Pro 30:2 ESV)  Surely I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man.

(Isa 10:13 ESV)  For he says: “By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I have understanding; I remove the boundaries of peoples, and plunder their treasures; like a bull I bring down those who sit on thrones.

(Isa 11:2 ESV)  And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

(Isa 29:16 ESV)  You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, “He did not make me”; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?

(Isa 29:24 ESV)  And those who go astray in spirit will come to understanding, and those who murmur will accept instruction.”

(Isa 40:14 ESV)  Whom did he consult, and who made him understand? Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding?

(Isa 40:28 ESV)  Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.

(Isa 56:11 ESV)  The dogs have a mighty appetite; they never have enough. But they are shepherds who have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each to his own gain, one and all.

(Jer 3:15 ESV)  “‘And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.

(Jer 4:22 ESV)  “For my people are foolish; they know me not; they are stupid children; they have no understanding. They are ‘wise’–in doing evil! But how to do good they know not.”

(Jer 10:12 ESV)  It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.

(Jer 51:15 ESV)  “It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.

(Eze 28:4 ESV)  by your wisdom and your understanding you have made wealth for yourself, and have gathered gold and silver into your treasuries;

(Dan 1:4 ESV)  youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans.

(Dan 1:17 ESV)  As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

(Dan 1:20 ESV)  And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom.

(Dan 2:21 ESV)  He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;

(Dan 5:11 ESV)  There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him, and King Nebuchadnezzar, your father–your father the king–made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and astrologers,

(Dan 5:12 ESV)  because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.”

(Dan 5:14 ESV)  I have heard of you that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.

(Dan 9:22 ESV)  He made me understand, speaking with me and saying, “O Daniel, I have now come out to give you insight and understanding.

(Dan 10:1 ESV)  In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision.

(Hos 4:11 ESV)  whoredom, wine, and new wine, which take away the understanding.

(Hos 4:14 ESV)  I will not punish your daughters when they play the whore, nor your brides when they commit adultery; for the men themselves go aside with prostitutes and sacrifice with cult prostitutes, and a people without understanding shall come to ruin.

(Oba 1:7 ESV)  All your allies have driven you to your border; those at peace with you have deceived you; they have prevailed against you; those who eat your bread have set a trap beneath you– you have no understanding.

(Oba 1:8 ESV)  Will I not on that day, declares the LORD, destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of Mount Esau?

(Mat 11:25 ESV)  At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;

(Mat 15:16 ESV)  And he said, “Are you also still without understanding?

(Mar 7:18 ESV)  And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him,

(Mar 12:33 ESV)  And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

(Luk 2:47 ESV)  And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

(Luk 10:21 ESV)  In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.

(2Co 10:12 ESV)  Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.

(Eph 4:18 ESV)  They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.

(Php 4:7 ESV)  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

(Col 1:9 ESV)  And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

(Col 2:2 ESV)  that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ,

(1Ti 1:7 ESV)  desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

(1Ti 1:9 ESV)  understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers,

(2Ti 2:7 ESV)  Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

(Jas 3:13 ESV)  Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

(1Pe 3:7 ESV)  Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

(1Jn 5:20 ESV)  And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

It Is A Matter of The Heart

Why do so many worldly visionaries can see that truth lies within the attitudes and motives of our hearts yet Christians continue to look on the outward appearance of man?  In Genesis 6:5 (ESV)  “The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

Nelson Mandela states “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”  The Dahli Lama says it this way “It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.”   Both of these world leaders have gained support and notoriety for their causes because their purposes are good.

Our life is a complex combinations of our wants and needs, education, experiences, environment and other inputs that define our thought process.  Without a baseline of values/morals we would leave our society to define what is acceptable behavior and would greatly influence the hearts and minds of mankind.   Jesus said it best in Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”  When we search the scriptures, pray and fellowship with Yeshua/Jesus, we learn to desire and think like our heavenly Father.  Psalms 17:3  You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night, you have tested me, and you will find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.  First our motives would be to bring God all the honor, glory and praise in every situation and walk in humility, self control and love for others.   We will want to help others like widows and orphans to make it through life with less pain.  To comfort those who lose a loved one and to encourage one another daily.   Deu_30:14  But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.

When we do not have God’s values at the center of our motives, we can become selfish and cold hearted, uncompassionate to our fellow man.  The bible describes a famous account of a person who did not believe in Yewhah but instead believed he himself to be a god.  The Pharoah in the story of Exodus is when Moses came to set his people free, operating in the timing, motives and desires of God who sent Moses.   The bible tells us clearly where the heart of Pharoah was at that time,  Exodus 7:13 (ESV)  Still Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.”   This was important to mention because in all situations, God wants us to learn and grow in love, grace and mercy.  To do this we have to first see it and experience to understand the concepts and true love of God.

When you look at a Man of God, look at his heart and where his desires are.  You see, God said for us to look at the fruits of the spirits and discern the spirits that are operating.  Many will come in the name of the Lord but do not have the right motives.  They preach grace without works when only true change is a result of our hearts chasing after God.  Without depth, our worship and praise is superficial and shallow before God.   Luk_6:45  The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”   We have been to churches where the pastor is continually mentioning money in their services?   Giving money is tied to our blessings and breakthroughs from God?  They ask us to sacrificially give two or three times during every service?   Where is the heart at in this type of message, centered around money?  This is a lack of faith and fear in the true promises of God to provide for the ministry.  If they then use this money to buy bigger houses, drive expensive cars and wear the finest garments in the name of the Lord, then their hearts missed the true intentions of God and they are operating in their flesh.   Jesus’ half-brother Jude wrote “Jude 1:3 “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. 4  For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

GOD’s Heart is to seek and save the lost.  If your using your time, resources then perhaps the motives of the heart is in the wrong place.  Remember 1Timothy 6:10  “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs”   Where your heart is so will your treasure.   Depart from me workers of inquity (sin) I never knew you.    GET YOUR HEART RIGHT WITH GODS!
Bible Verses to Study about the heart/motives/attitudes:

(Gen 6:5 ESV)  The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.


(Gen 6:6 ESV)  And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.


(Gen 8:21 ESV)  And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.


(Gen 20:5 ESV)  Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.”


(Gen 20:6 ESV)  Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her.


(Gen 24:45 ESV)  “Before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her water jar on her shoulder, and she went down to the spring and drew water. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’


(Gen 45:26 ESV)  And they told him, “Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.” And his heart became numb, for he did not believe them.


(Exo 4:14 ESV)  Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.


(Exo 4:21 ESV)  And the LORD said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.


(Exo 7:3 ESV)  But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt,


(Exo 7:13 ESV)  Still Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.


(Exo 7:14 ESV)  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is hardened; he refuses to let the people go.


(Exo 7:22 ESV)  But the magicians of Egypt did the same by their secret arts. So Pharaoh’s heart remained hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.


(Exo 7:23 ESV)  Pharaoh turned and went into his house, and he did not take even this to heart.


(Exo 8:15 ESV)  But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.


(Exo 8:19 ESV)  Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.


(Exo 8:32 ESV)  But Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also, and did not let the people go.


(Exo 9:7 ESV)  And Pharaoh sent, and behold, not one of the livestock of Israel was dead. But the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go.


(Exo 9:12 ESV)  But the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he did not listen to them, as the LORD had spoken to Moses.


(Exo 9:34 ESV)  But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunder had ceased, he sinned yet again and hardened his heart, he and his servants.


(Exo 9:35 ESV)  So the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people of Israel go, just as the LORD had spoken through Moses.


(Exo 10:1 ESV)  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may show these signs of mine among them,


(Exo 10:20 ESV)  But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go.


(Exo 10:27 ESV)  But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go.


(Exo 11:10 ESV)  Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh, and the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go out of his land.


(Exo 14:4 ESV)  And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD.” And they did so.


(Exo 14:8 ESV)  And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the people of Israel while the people of Israel were going out defiantly.


(Exo 15:8 ESV)  At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up; the floods stood up in a heap; the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea.


(Exo 23:9 ESV)  “You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.


(Exo 25:2 ESV)  “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me.


(Exo 28:29 ESV)  So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment on his heart, when he goes into the Holy Place, to bring them to regular remembrance before the LORD.


(Exo 28:30 ESV)  And in the breastpiece of judgment you shall put the Urim and the Thummim, and they shall be on Aaron’s heart, when he goes in before the LORD. Thus Aaron shall bear the judgment of the people of Israel on his heart before the LORD regularly.


(Exo 35:5 ESV)  Take from among you a contribution to the LORD. Whoever is of a generous heart, let him bring the LORD’s contribution: gold, silver, and bronze;


(Exo 35:21 ESV)  And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the LORD’s contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments.


(Exo 35:22 ESV)  So they came, both men and women. All who were of a willing heart brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and armlets, all sorts of gold objects, every man dedicating an offering of gold to the LORD.


(Exo 35:29 ESV)  All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the LORD had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the LORD.


(Exo 36:2 ESV)  And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the LORD had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work.


(Lev 19:17 ESV)  “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.


(Lev 26:16 ESV)  then I will do this to you: I will visit you with panic, with wasting disease and fever that consume the eyes and make the heart ache. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.


(Lev 26:41 ESV)  so that I walked contrary to them and brought them into the land of their enemies–if then their uncircumcised heart is humbled and they make amends for their iniquity,


(Num 15:39 ESV)  And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after.


(Num 32:7 ESV)  Why will you discourage the heart of the people of Israel from going over into the land that the LORD has given them?


(Num 32:9 ESV)  For when they went up to the Valley of Eshcol and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the people of Israel from going into the land that the LORD had given them.


(Deu 2:30 ESV)  But Sihon the king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him, for the LORD your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, that he might give him into your hand, as he is this day.


(Deu 4:9 ESV)  “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children–


(Deu 4:11 ESV)  And you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, while the mountain burned with fire to the heart of heaven, wrapped in darkness, cloud, and gloom.


(Deu 4:29 ESV)  But from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.


(Deu 4:39 ESV)  know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.


(Deu 6:5 ESV)  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.


(Deu 6:6 ESV)  And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.


(Deu 7:17 ESV)  “If you say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I. How can I dispossess them?’


(Deu 8:2 ESV)  And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.


(Deu 8:5 ESV)  Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the LORD your God disciplines you.


(Deu 8:14 ESV)  then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery,


(Deu 8:17 ESV)  Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’


(Deu 9:4 ESV)  “Do not say in your heart, after the LORD your God has thrust them out before you, ‘It is because of my righteousness that the LORD has brought me in to possess this land,’ whereas it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out before you.


(Deu 9:5 ESV)  Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations the LORD your God is driving them out from before you, and that he may confirm the word that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.


(Deu 10:12 ESV)  “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,


(Deu 10:15 ESV)  Yet the LORD set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day.


(Deu 10:16 ESV)  Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn.


(Deu 11:13 ESV)  “And if you will indeed obey my commandments that I command you today, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,


(Deu 11:16 ESV)  Take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them;


(Deu 11:18 ESV)  “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.


(Deu 13:3 ESV)  you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the LORD your God is testing you, to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.


(Deu 15:7 ESV)  “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother,


(Deu 15:9 ESV)  Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the LORD against you, and you be guilty of sin.


(Deu 15:10 ESV)  You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.


(Deu 17:17 ESV)  And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.


(Deu 17:20 ESV)  that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.


(Deu 18:21 ESV)  And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the LORD has not spoken?’–


(Deu 20:3 ESV)  and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them,


(Deu 20:8 ESV)  And the officers shall speak further to the people, and say, ‘Is there any man who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go back to his house, lest he make the heart of his fellows melt like his own.’


(Deu 26:16 ESV)  “This day the LORD your God commands you to do these statutes and rules. You shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul.


(Deu 28:47 ESV)  Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things,


(Deu 28:65 ESV)  And among these nations you shall find no respite, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot, but the LORD will give you there a trembling heart and failing eyes and a languishing soul.


(Deu 28:67 ESV)  In the morning you shall say, ‘If only it were evening!’ and at evening you shall say, ‘If only it were morning!’ because of the dread that your heart shall feel, and the sights that your eyes shall see.


(Deu 29:4 ESV)  But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear.


(Deu 29:18 ESV)  Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart is turning away today from the LORD our God to go and serve the gods of those nations. Beware lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit,


(Deu 29:19 ESV)  one who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.’ This will lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike.


(Deu 30:2 ESV)  and return to the LORD your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul,


(Deu 30:6 ESV)  And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.


(Deu 30:10 ESV)  when you obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that are written in this Book of the Law, when you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.


(Deu 30:14 ESV)  But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.


(Deu 30:17 ESV)  But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them,


(Deu 32:46 ESV)  he said to them, “Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law.


(Jos 14:7 ESV)  I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought him word again as it was in my heart.


(Jos 14:8 ESV)  But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the LORD my God.


(Jos 22:5 ESV)  Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”


(Jos 24:23 ESV)  He said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD, the God of Israel.”


(Jdg 5:9 ESV)  My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel who offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless the LORD.


(Jdg 5:15 ESV)  the princes of Issachar came with Deborah, and Issachar faithful to Barak; into the valley they rushed at his heels. Among the clans of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.


(Jdg 5:16 ESV)  Why did you sit still among the sheepfolds, to hear the whistling for the flocks? Among the clans of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.


(Jdg 16:15 ESV)  And she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and you have not told me where your great strength lies.”


(Jdg 16:17 ESV)  And he told her all his heart, and said to her, “A razor has never come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If my head is shaved, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak and be like any other man.”


(Jdg 16:18 ESV)  When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up again, for he has told me all his heart.” Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hands.


(Jdg 18:20 ESV)  And the priest’s heart was glad. He took the ephod and the household gods and the carved image and went along with the people.


(Jdg 19:5 ESV)  And on the fourth day they arose early in the morning, and he prepared to go, but the girl’s father said to his son-in-law, “Strengthen your heart with a morsel of bread, and after that you may go.”


(Jdg 19:6 ESV)  So the two of them sat and ate and drank together. And the girl’s father said to the man, “Be pleased to spend the night, and let your heart be merry.”


(Jdg 19:8 ESV)  And on the fifth day he arose early in the morning to depart. And the girl’s father said, “Strengthen your heart and wait until the day declines.” So they ate, both of them.


(Jdg 19:9 ESV)  And when the man and his concubine and his servant rose up to depart, his father-in-law, the girl’s father, said to him, “Behold, now the day has waned toward evening. Please, spend the night. Behold, the day draws to its close. Lodge here and let your heart be merry, and tomorrow you shall arise early in the morning for your journey, and go home.”


(Rth 3:7 ESV)  And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. Then she came softly and uncovered his feet and lay down.


(1Sa 1:8 ESV)  And Elkanah, her husband, said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?”


(1Sa 1:13 ESV)  Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman.


(1Sa 2:1 ESV)  And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the LORD; my strength is exalted in the LORD. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation.


(1Sa 2:33 ESV)  The only one of you whom I shall not cut off from my altar shall be spared to weep his eyes out to grieve his heart, and all the descendants of your house shall die by the sword of men.


(1Sa 2:35 ESV)  And I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in my heart and in my mind. And I will build him a sure house, and he shall go in and out before my anointed forever.


(1Sa 4:13 ESV)  When he arrived, Eli was sitting on his seat by the road watching, for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city and told the news, all the city cried out.


(1Sa 7:3 ESV)  And Samuel said to all the house of Israel, “If you are returning to the LORD with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the LORD and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.”


(1Sa 10:9 ESV)  When he turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart. And all these signs came to pass that day.


(1Sa 12:20 ESV)  And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.


(1Sa 12:24 ESV)  Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.


(1Sa 13:14 ESV)  But now your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought out a man after his own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you.”


(1Sa 14:7 ESV)  And his armor-bearer said to him, “Do all that is in your heart. Do as you wish. Behold, I am with you heart and soul.”


(1Sa 16:7 ESV)  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.”


(1Sa 17:28 ESV)  Now Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke to the men. And Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and the evil of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.”


(1Sa 17:32 ESV)  And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”


(1Sa 21:12 ESV)  And David took these words to heart and was much afraid of Achish the king of Gath.


(1Sa 23:20 ESV)  Now come down, O king, according to all your heart’s desire to come down, and our part shall be to surrender him into the king’s hand.”


(1Sa 24:5 ESV)  And afterward David’s heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.


(1Sa 25:36 ESV)  And Abigail came to Nabal, and behold, he was holding a feast in his house, like the feast of a king. And Nabal’s heart was merry within him, for he was very drunk. So she told him nothing at all until the morning light.


(1Sa 25:37 ESV)  In the morning, when the wine had gone out of Nabal, his wife told him these things, and his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.


(1Sa 27:1 ESV)  Then David said in his heart, “Now I shall perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will despair of seeking me any longer within the borders of Israel, and I shall escape out of his hand.”


(1Sa 28:5 ESV)  When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly.


(2Sa 3:21 ESV)  And Abner said to David, “I will arise and go and will gather all Israel to my lord the king, that they may make a covenant with you, and that you may reign over all that your heart desires.” So David sent Abner away, and he went in peace.


(2Sa 6:16 ESV)  As the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, and she despised him in her heart.


(2Sa 7:3 ESV)  And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.”


(2Sa 7:21 ESV)  Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it.


(2Sa 13:20 ESV)  And her brother Absalom said to her, “Has Amnon your brother been with you? Now hold your peace, my sister. He is your brother; do not take this to heart.” So Tamar lived, a desolate woman, in her brother Absalom’s house.


(2Sa 13:28 ESV)  Then Absalom commanded his servants, “Mark when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon,’ then kill him. Do not fear; have I not commanded you? Be courageous and be valiant.”


(2Sa 13:33 ESV)  Now therefore let not my lord the king so take it to heart as to suppose that all the king’s sons are dead, for Amnon alone is dead.”


(2Sa 14:1 ESV)  Now Joab the son of Zeruiah knew that the king’s heart went out to Absalom.


(2Sa 17:10 ESV)  Then even the valiant man, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will utterly melt with fear, for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man, and that those who are with him are valiant men.


(2Sa 18:14 ESV)  Joab said, “I will not waste time like this with you.” And he took three javelins in his hand and thrust them into the heart of Absalom while he was still alive in the oak.


(2Sa 19:14 ESV)  And he swayed the heart of all the men of Judah as one man, so that they sent word to the king, “Return, both you and all your servants.”


(2Sa 19:19 ESV)  and said to the king, “Let not my lord hold me guilty or remember how your servant did wrong on the day my lord the king left Jerusalem. Do not let the king take it to heart.


(2Sa 22:46 ESV)  Foreigners lost heart and came trembling out of their fortresses.


(2Sa 24:10 ESV)  But David’s heart struck him after he had numbered the people. And David said to the LORD, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O LORD, please take away the iniquity of your servant, for I have done very foolishly.”


(1Ki 2:4 ESV)  that the LORD may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’


(1Ki 2:44 ESV)  The king also said to Shimei, “You know in your own heart all the harm that you did to David my father. So the LORD will bring back your harm on your own head.


(1Ki 3:6 ESV)  And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day.


(1Ki 3:26 ESV)  Then the woman whose son was alive said to the king, because her heart yearned for her son, “Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means put him to death.” But the other said, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him.”


(1Ki 8:17 ESV)  Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.


(1Ki 8:18 ESV)  But the LORD said to David my father, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart.


(1Ki 8:23 ESV)  and said, “O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart,


(1Ki 8:38 ESV)  whatever prayer, whatever plea is made by any man or by all your people Israel, each knowing the affliction of his own heart and stretching out his hands toward this house,


(1Ki 8:39 ESV)  then hear in heaven your dwelling place and forgive and act and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways (for you, you only, know the hearts of all the children of mankind),


(1Ki 8:47 ESV)  yet if they turn their heart in the land to which they have been carried captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captors, saying, ‘We have sinned and have acted perversely and wickedly,’


(1Ki 8:48 ESV)  if they repent with all their mind and with all their heart in the land of their enemies, who carried them captive, and pray to you toward their land, which you gave to their fathers, the city that you have chosen, and the house that I have built for your name,


(1Ki 8:61 ESV)  Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the LORD our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day.”


(1Ki 8:66 ESV)  On the eighth day he sent the people away, and they blessed the king and went to their homes joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the LORD had shown to David his servant and to Israel his people.


(1Ki 9:3 ESV)  And the LORD said to him, “I have heard your prayer and your plea, which you have made before me. I have consecrated this house that you have built, by putting my name there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.


(1Ki 9:4 ESV)  And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules,


(1Ki 11:2 ESV)  from the nations concerning which the LORD had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love.


(1Ki 11:3 ESV)  He had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart.


(1Ki 11:4 ESV)  For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.


(1Ki 11:9 ESV)  And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice


(1Ki 12:26 ESV)  And Jeroboam said in his heart, “Now the kingdom will turn back to the house of David.


(1Ki 12:27 ESV)  If this people go up to offer sacrifices in the temple of the LORD at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will turn again to their lord, to Rehoboam king of Judah, and they will kill me and return to Rehoboam king of Judah.”


(1Ki 12:33 ESV)  He went up to the altar that he had made in Bethel on the fifteenth day in the eighth month, in the month that he had devised from his own heart. And he instituted a feast for the people of Israel and went up to the altar to make offerings.


(1Ki 14:8 ESV)  and tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, and yet you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commandments and followed me with all his heart, doing only that which was right in my eyes,


(1Ki 15:3 ESV)  And he walked in all the sins that his father did before him, and his heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father.


(1Ki 15:14 ESV)  But the high places were not taken away. Nevertheless, the heart of Asa was wholly true to the LORD all his days.


(1Ki 21:7 ESV)  And Jezebel his wife said to him, “Do you now govern Israel? Arise and eat bread and let your heart be cheerful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.”


(2Ki 5:26 ESV)  But he said to him, “Did not my heart go when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Was it a time to accept money and garments, olive orchards and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male servants and female servants?


(2Ki 9:24 ESV)  And Jehu drew his bow with his full strength, and shot Joram between the shoulders, so that the arrow pierced his heart, and he sank in his chariot.


(2Ki 10:15 ESV)  And when he departed from there, he met Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him. And he greeted him and said to him, “Is your heart true to my heart as mine is to yours?” And Jehonadab answered, “It is.” Jehu said, “If it is, give me your hand.” So he gave him his hand. And Jehu took him up with him into the chariot.


(2Ki 10:30 ESV)  And the LORD said to Jehu, “Because you have done well in carrying out what is right in my eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in my heart, your sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.”


(2Ki 10:31 ESV)  But Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of the LORD, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn from the sins of Jeroboam, which he made Israel to sin.


(2Ki 12:4 ESV)  Jehoash said to the priests, “All the money of the holy things that is brought into the house of the LORD, the money for which each man is assessed–the money from the assessment of persons–and the money that a man’s heart prompts him to bring into the house of the LORD,


(2Ki 14:10 ESV)  You have indeed struck down Edom, and your heart has lifted you up. Be content with your glory, and stay at home, for why should you provoke trouble so that you fall, you and Judah with you?”


(2Ki 20:3 ESV)  “Now, O LORD, please remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.


(2Ki 22:19 ESV)  because your heart was penitent, and you humbled yourself before the LORD, when you heard how I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, declares the LORD.


(2Ki 23:3 ESV)  And the king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people joined in the covenant.


(2Ki 23:25 ESV)  Before him there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses, nor did any like him arise after him.


(1Ch 12:17 ESV)  David went out to meet them and said to them, “If you have come to me in friendship to help me, my heart will be joined to you; but if to betray me to my adversaries, although there is no wrong in my hands, then may the God of our fathers see and rebuke you.”


(1Ch 15:29 ESV)  And as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David dancing and rejoicing, and she despised him in her heart.


(1Ch 17:2 ESV)  And Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.”


(1Ch 17:19 ESV)  For your servant’s sake, O LORD, and according to your own heart, you have done all this greatness, in making known all these great things.


(1Ch 22:7 ESV)  David said to Solomon, “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house to the name of the LORD my God.


(1Ch 22:19 ESV)  Now set your mind and heart to seek the LORD your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built for the name of the LORD.”


(1Ch 28:2 ESV)  Then King David rose to his feet and said: “Hear me, my brothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD and for the footstool of our God, and I made preparations for building.


(1Ch 28:9 ESV)  “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.


(1Ch 29:9 ESV)  Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly.


(1Ch 29:17 ESV)  I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you.


(1Ch 29:19 ESV)  Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which I have made provision.”


(2Ch 1:11 ESV)  God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked long life, but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king,


(2Ch 6:7 ESV)  Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.


(2Ch 6:8 ESV)  But the LORD said to David my father, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart.


(2Ch 6:14 ESV)  and said, “O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven or on earth, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart,


(2Ch 6:30 ESV)  then hear from heaven your dwelling place and forgive and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways, for you, you only, know the hearts of the children of mankind,


(2Ch 6:37 ESV)  yet if they turn their heart in the land to which they have been carried captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned and have acted perversely and wickedly,’


(2Ch 6:38 ESV)  if they repent with all their mind and with all their heart in the land of their captivity to which they were carried captive, and pray toward their land, which you gave to their fathers, the city that you have chosen and the house that I have built for your name,


(2Ch 7:10 ESV)  On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people away to their homes, joyful and glad of heart for the prosperity that the LORD had granted to David and to Solomon and to Israel his people.


(2Ch 7:16 ESV)  For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.


(2Ch 12:14 ESV)  And he did evil, for he did not set his heart to seek the LORD.


(2Ch 15:12 ESV)  And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and with all their soul,


(2Ch 15:15 ESV)  And all Judah rejoiced over the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and had sought him with their whole desire, and he was found by them, and the LORD gave them rest all around.


(2Ch 15:17 ESV)  But the high places were not taken out of Israel. Nevertheless, the heart of Asa was wholly true all his days.


(2Ch 16:9 ESV)  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.”


(2Ch 17:6 ESV)  His heart was courageous in the ways of the LORD. And furthermore, he took the high places and the Asherim out of Judah.


(2Ch 19:3 ESV)  Nevertheless, some good is found in you, for you destroyed the Asherahs out of the land, and have set your heart to seek God.”


(2Ch 19:9 ESV)  And he charged them: “Thus you shall do in the fear of the LORD, in faithfulness, and with your whole heart:


(2Ch 22:9 ESV)  He searched for Ahaziah, and he was captured while hiding in Samaria, and he was brought to Jehu and put to death. They buried him, for they said, “He is the grandson of Jehoshaphat, who sought the LORD with all his heart.” And the house of Ahaziah had no one able to rule the kingdom.


(2Ch 25:2 ESV)  And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, yet not with a whole heart.


(2Ch 25:19 ESV)  You say, ‘See, I have struck down Edom,’ and your heart has lifted you up in boastfulness. But now stay at home. Why should you provoke trouble so that you fall, you and Judah with you?”


(2Ch 29:10 ESV)  Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the LORD, the God of Israel, in order that his fierce anger may turn away from us.


(2Ch 29:31 ESV)  Then Hezekiah said, “You have now consecrated yourselves to the LORD. Come near; bring sacrifices and thank offerings to the house of the LORD.” And the assembly brought sacrifices and thank offerings, and all who were of a willing heart brought burnt offerings.


(2Ch 29:34 ESV)  But the priests were too few and could not flay all the burnt offerings, so until other priests had consecrated themselves, their brothers the Levites helped them, until the work was finished–for the Levites were more upright in heart than the priests in consecrating themselves.


(2Ch 30:12 ESV)  The hand of God was also on Judah to give them one heart to do what the king and the princes commanded by the word of the LORD.


(2Ch 30:19 ESV)  who sets his heart to seek God, the LORD, the God of his fathers, even though not according to the sanctuary’s rules of cleanness.”


(2Ch 31:21 ESV)  And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.


(2Ch 32:25 ESV)  But Hezekiah did not make return according to the benefit done to him, for his heart was proud. Therefore wrath came upon him and Judah and Jerusalem.


(2Ch 32:26 ESV)  But Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD did not come upon them in the days of Hezekiah.


(2Ch 32:31 ESV)  And so in the matter of the envoys of the princes of Babylon, who had been sent to him to inquire about the sign that had been done in the land, God left him to himself, in order to test him and to know all that was in his heart.


(2Ch 34:27 ESV)  because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard his words against this place and its inhabitants, and you have humbled yourself before me and have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, declares the LORD.


(2Ch 34:31 ESV)  And the king stood in his place and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book.


(2Ch 36:13 ESV)  He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God. He stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the LORD, the God of Israel.


(Ezr 6:22 ESV)  And they kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for the LORD had made them joyful and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, so that he aided them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.


(Ezr 7:10 ESV)  For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.


(Ezr 7:27 ESV)  Blessed be the LORD, the God of our fathers, who put such a thing as this into the heart of the king, to beautify the house of the LORD that is in Jerusalem,


(Neh 2:2 ESV)  And the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of the heart.” Then I was very much afraid.


(Neh 2:12 ESV)  Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. And I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem. There was no animal with me but the one on which I rode.


(Neh 7:5 ESV)  Then my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles and the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogy. And I found the book of the genealogy of those who came up at the first, and I found written in it:


(Neh 9:8 ESV)  You found his heart faithful before you, and made with him the covenant to give to his offspring the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Jebusite, and the Girgashite. And you have kept your promise, for you are righteous.


(Est 1:10 ESV)  On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha and Abagtha, Zethar and Carkas, the seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus,


(Est 5:9 ESV)  And Haman went out that day joyful and glad of heart. But when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate, that he neither rose nor trembled before him, he was filled with wrath against Mordecai.


(Job 7:17 ESV)  What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him,


(Job 9:4 ESV)  He is wise in heart and mighty in strength –who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?–


(Job 10:13 ESV)  Yet these things you hid in your heart; I know that this was your purpose.


(Job 11:13 ESV)  “If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him.


(Job 15:12 ESV)  Why does your heart carry you away, and why do your eyes flash,


(Job 17:11 ESV)  My days are past; my plans are broken off, the desires of my heart.


(Job 19:27 ESV)  whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!


(Job 22:22 ESV)  Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.


(Job 23:16 ESV)  God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me;


(Job 27:6 ESV)  I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.


(Job 29:13 ESV)  The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me, and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.


(Job 31:7 ESV)  if my step has turned aside from the way and my heart has gone after my eyes, and if any spot has stuck to my hands,


(Job 31:9 ESV)  “If my heart has been enticed toward a woman, and I have lain in wait at my neighbor’s door,


(Job 31:27 ESV)  and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my mouth has kissed my hand,


(Job 33:3 ESV)  My words declare the uprightness of my heart, and what my lips know they speak sincerely.


(Job 34:14 ESV)  If he should set his heart to it and gather to himself his spirit and his breath,


(Job 36:13 ESV)  “The godless in heart cherish anger; they do not cry for help when he binds them.


(Job 37:1 ESV)  “At this also my heart trembles and leaps out of its place.


(Job 41:24 ESV)  His heart is hard as a stone, hard as the lower millstone.


(Psa 4:7 ESV)  You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.


(Psa 7:10 ESV)  My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.


(Psa 9:1 ESV)  To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David. I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.


(Psa 10:6 ESV)  He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”


(Psa 10:11 ESV)  He says in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”


(Psa 10:13 ESV)  Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?


(Psa 10:17 ESV)  O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear


(Psa 11:2 ESV)  for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;


(Psa 12:2 ESV)  Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.


(Psa 13:2 ESV)  How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?


(Psa 13:5 ESV)  But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.


(Psa 14:1 ESV)  To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.


(Psa 15:2 ESV)  He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart;


(Psa 16:7 ESV)  I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.


(Psa 16:9 ESV)  Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.


(Psa 17:3 ESV)  You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night, you have tested me, and you will find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.


(Psa 18:45 ESV)  Foreigners lost heart and came trembling out of their fortresses.


(Psa 19:8 ESV)  the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;


(Psa 19:14 ESV)  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.


(Psa 20:4 ESV)  May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!


(Psa 21:2 ESV)  You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah


(Psa 22:14 ESV)  I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast;


(Psa 24:4 ESV)  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.


(Psa 25:17 ESV)  The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.


(Psa 26:2 ESV)  Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind.


(Psa 27:3 ESV)  Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.


(Psa 27:8 ESV)  You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”


(Psa 27:14 ESV)  Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!


(Psa 28:7 ESV)  The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.


(Psa 31:24 ESV)  Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!


(Psa 32:11 ESV)  Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!


(Psa 33:11 ESV)  The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.


(Psa 33:21 ESV)  For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.


(Psa 35:25 ESV)  Let them not say in their hearts, “Aha, our heart’s desire!” Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”


(Psa 36:1 ESV)  To the choirmaster. Of David, the servant of the LORD. Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes.


(Psa 36:10 ESV)  Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright of heart!


(Psa 37:4 ESV)  Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.


(Psa 37:15 ESV)  their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.


(Psa 37:31 ESV)  The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip.


(Psa 38:8 ESV)  I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart.


(Psa 38:10 ESV)  My heart throbs; my strength fails me, and the light of my eyes–it also has gone from me.


(Psa 39:3 ESV)  My heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:


(Psa 40:8 ESV)  I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”


(Psa 40:10 ESV)  I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.


(Psa 40:12 ESV)  For evils have encompassed me beyond number; my iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me.


(Psa 41:6 ESV)  And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words, while his heart gathers iniquity; when he goes out, he tells it abroad.


(Psa 44:18 ESV)  Our heart has not turned back, nor have our steps departed from your way;


(Psa 44:21 ESV)  would not God discover this? For he knows the secrets of the heart.


(Psa 45:1 ESV)  To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah; a love song. My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.


(Psa 45:5 ESV)  Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; the peoples fall under you.


(Psa 46:2 ESV)  Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,


(Psa 49:3 ESV)  My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.


(Psa 51:6 ESV)  Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.


(Psa 51:10 ESV)  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.


(Psa 51:17 ESV)  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.


(Psa 53:1 ESV)  To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good.


(Psa 55:4 ESV)  My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen upon me.


(Psa 55:15 ESV)  Let death steal over them; let them go down to Sheol alive; for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.


(Psa 55:21 ESV)  His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.


(Psa 57:7 ESV)  My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody!


(Psa 61:2 ESV)  from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I,


(Psa 62:8 ESV)  Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah


(Psa 62:10 ESV)  Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them.


(Psa 64:6 ESV)  They search out injustice, saying, “We have accomplished a diligent search.” For the inward mind and heart of a man are deep!


(Psa 64:10 ESV)  Let the righteous one rejoice in the LORD and take refuge in him! Let all the upright in heart exult!


(Psa 66:18 ESV)  If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.


(Psa 69:20 ESV)  Reproaches have broken my heart, so that I am in despair. I looked for pity, but there was none, and for comforters, but I found none.


(Psa 73:1 ESV)  A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.


(Psa 73:13 ESV)  All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.


(Psa 73:21 ESV)  When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart,


(Psa 73:26 ESV)  My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.


(Psa 77:6 ESV)  I said, “Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart.” Then my spirit made a diligent search:


(Psa 78:8 ESV)  and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.


(Psa 78:18 ESV)  They tested God in their heart by demanding the food they craved.


(Psa 78:37 ESV)  Their heart was not steadfast toward him; they were not faithful to his covenant.


(Psa 78:72 ESV)  With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.


(Psa 84:2 ESV)  My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.


(Psa 84:5 ESV)  Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.


(Psa 86:11 ESV)  Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.


(Psa 86:12 ESV)  I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.


(Psa 89:50 ESV)  Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked, and how I bear in my heart the insults of all the many nations,


(Psa 90:12 ESV)  So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.


(Psa 94:15 ESV)  for justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.


(Psa 94:19 ESV)  When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.


(Psa 95:10 ESV)  For forty years I loathed that generation and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways.”


(Psa 97:11 ESV)  Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.


(Psa 101:2 ESV)  I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house;


(Psa 101:4 ESV)  A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil.


(Psa 101:5 ESV)  Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.


(Psa 102:4 ESV)  My heart is struck down like grass and has withered; I forget to eat my bread.


(Psa 104:15 ESV)  and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man’s heart.


(Psa 108:1 ESV)  A Song. A Psalm of David. My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being!


(Psa 109:22 ESV)  For I am poor and needy, and my heart is stricken within me.


(Psa 111:1 ESV)  Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.


(Psa 112:7 ESV)  He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.


(Psa 112:8 ESV)  His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.


(Psa 119:2 ESV)  Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart,


(Psa 119:7 ESV)  I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules.


(Psa 119:10 ESV)  With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!


(Psa 119:11 ESV)  I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.


(Psa 119:32 ESV)  I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!


(Psa 119:34 ESV)  Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.


(Psa 119:36 ESV)  Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!


(Psa 119:58 ESV)  I entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.


(Psa 119:69 ESV)  The insolent smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts;


(Psa 119:70 ESV)  their heart is unfeeling like fat, but I delight in your law.


(Psa 119:80 ESV)  May my heart be blameless in your statutes, that I may not be put to shame!


(Psa 119:111 ESV)  Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.


(Psa 119:112 ESV)  I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.


(Psa 119:145 ESV)  With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD! I will keep your statutes.


(Psa 119:161 ESV)  Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words.


(Psa 131:1 ESV)  A Song of Ascents. Of David. O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.


(Psa 138:1 ESV)  Of David. I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;


(Psa 139:23 ESV)  Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!


(Psa 140:2 ESV)  who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually.


(Psa 141:4 ESV)  Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies!


(Psa 143:4 ESV)  Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled.


(Pro 2:2 ESV)  making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;


(Pro 2:10 ESV)  for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;


(Pro 3:1 ESV)  My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments,


(Pro 3:3 ESV)  Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.


(Pro 3:5 ESV)  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.


(Pro 4:4 ESV)  he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live.


(Pro 4:21 ESV)  Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.


(Pro 4:23 ESV)  Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.


(Pro 5:12 ESV)  and you say, “How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof!


(Pro 6:14 ESV)  with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord;


(Pro 6:18 ESV)  a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil,


(Pro 6:21 ESV)  Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.


(Pro 6:25 ESV)  Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes;


(Pro 7:3 ESV)  bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.


(Pro 7:10 ESV)  And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.


(Pro 7:25 ESV)  Let not your heart turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths,


(Pro 10:8 ESV)  The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.


(Pro 10:20 ESV)  The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is of little worth.


(Pro 11:20 ESV)  Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the LORD, but those of blameless ways are his delight.


(Pro 11:29 ESV)  Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.


(Pro 12:20 ESV)  Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.


(Pro 12:23 ESV)  A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly.


(Pro 12:25 ESV)  Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.


(Pro 13:12 ESV)  Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.


(Pro 14:10 ESV)  The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy.


(Pro 14:13 ESV)  Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.


(Pro 14:14 ESV)  The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.


(Pro 14:30 ESV)  A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.


(Pro 14:33 ESV)  Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding, but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.


(Pro 15:13 ESV)  A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.


(Pro 15:14 ESV)  The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.


(Pro 15:15 ESV)  All the days of the afflicted are evil, but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.


(Pro 15:28 ESV)  The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.


(Pro 15:30 ESV)  The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones.


(Pro 16:1 ESV)  The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.


(Pro 16:5 ESV)  Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the LORD; be assured, he will not go unpunished.


(Pro 16:9 ESV)  The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.


(Pro 16:21 ESV)  The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.


(Pro 16:23 ESV)  The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.


(Pro 17:20 ESV)  A man of crooked heart does not discover good, and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.


(Pro 17:22 ESV)  A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.


(Pro 18:12 ESV)  Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.


(Pro 18:15 ESV)  An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.


(Pro 19:3 ESV)  When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD.


(Pro 19:18 ESV)  Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.


(Pro 20:5 ESV)  The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.


(Pro 20:9 ESV)  Who can say, “I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin”?


(Pro 21:1 ESV)  The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.


(Pro 21:2 ESV)  Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.


(Pro 21:4 ESV)  Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin.


(Pro 22:11 ESV)  He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.


(Pro 22:15 ESV)  Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.


(Pro 22:17 ESV)  Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge,


(Pro 23:7 ESV)  for he is like one who is inwardly calculating. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.


(Pro 23:12 ESV)  Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.


(Pro 23:15 ESV)  My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad.


(Pro 23:17 ESV)  Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the LORD all the day.


(Pro 23:19 ESV)  Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.


(Pro 23:26 ESV)  My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.


(Pro 23:33 ESV)  Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things.


(Pro 24:12 ESV)  If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?


(Pro 24:17 ESV)  Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,


(Pro 25:3 ESV)  As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable.


(Pro 25:20 ESV)  Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda.


(Pro 26:23 ESV)  Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart.


(Pro 26:24 ESV)  Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart;


(Pro 26:25 ESV)  when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart;

(Pro 27:9 ESV)  Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.

(Pro 27:11 ESV)  Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.

(Pro 27:19 ESV)  As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man


Did you know that the bible tells us that we can spot those who believe in Jesus Christ by the life they live.  Using the same spirit of discernment, we can also spot the sinner who is still hanging onto their sinful ways, even after professing Jesus (Yeshua) as Lord and Savior.  Matthew 7:15″15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?”

First, lets look at how to discern the spirits and the flesh to know who is speaking truth in word and deed.   Colossians 1:10“so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God”   Th bible tells us to test the spirits in 1 John 4:1″Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”   We can see that even in the time of the Apostles/Disciples, that there was many false teachings concerning Christianity and that as believers, we need to be wide awake and watchful of the doctrine we listen to.

A righteous person will exhibit the fruits of the Holy Spirit, meditating on the Word and prayer working in their lives by a supernatural ability to remain calm and cheerful in the midst of storms.  Galatians 5:22″ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”   True believers exhibit God’s character and nature in their every day lifestyle, words and deeds.   John 13:34″ A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

As we know a righteous lifestyle produces a cheerful disposition, Sin produces a natural state that fights against doing thing God desires.  We will find ourselves going to church less for what ever excuse we can find.  We do not open the Bible and read from it daily nor do we spend anytime in prayer with our Heavenly Father.   Sin then starts to manifest in our words and deeds in different ways.

  • BITTERNESS Deuteronomy 32:32 “For their vine comes from the vine of Sodom     and from the fields of Gomorrah; their grapes are grapes of poison; their clusters are bitter;  Isaiah 38:17 “Behold, it was for my welfare that I had great bitterness; but in love you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction, for you have cast all my sins behind your back.” Romans 3:14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”  Ephesians 4:31“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.” Hebrews 12:15″See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled
  • NATURAL SINS  Isaiah 5:2″He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it,
        and hewed out a wine vat in it; and he looked for it to yield grapes,
        but it yielded WILD grapes”   Romans 1:26″For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature”  Romans 6:19″I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification’  1 Corinthians 2:14″The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” 1 Corinthians 15:45“Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”;the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.
  • SELFISHNESS   Psalm 119:36″ Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!”  Philippians 1:17″The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. Philippians 2;3″Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. James 3:14“But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.  16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice”
  • DECEITFULNESS  Hos 10:13″You have plowed iniquity; you have reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies. because you have trusted in your own way and in the multitude of your warriors” Matthew 13:22″ As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful”   Mark 4:19″but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful”   Hebrews 3:13″But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
  • CORRUPTION Isaiah 1:4″Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the LORD, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged”  Ecclesiastes 7:7“Surely oppression drives the wise into madness, and a bribe corrupts the heart”  Romans 8:21
    “that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God
    ”  2 Corinthians 7:2″Make room in your hearts for us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one”  Galatians 6:8″For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life” Ephesians 4:22″to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires”  2 Peter 2:19″They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved
  • FLESHLY Gal 5:19 “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God”

SIN comes from hearing false teachings that says it is okay to pursue earthly things contrary to what the Bible says.   We pick up these misunderstandings because of social peers, false preachers, false teachers in the educational system and so many other areas that say its OK to “be happy”.   Sin is sin!   No matter what we say to justify or reason that rationalizes  what we are doing is perfectly okay and that we can convince others to believe it as well.  Then when it is mainstream and “everybody is doing it” makes all okay within us.  The sad thing is as we convince ourselves that we are not sinning, the truth is God’s word has not changed and if an action separates us from God, then it is SIN.




Mankind was formed by God, the master toolmaker, to shine a specific purpose, like a concentrated beam of  light, aka laser beam to carve God’s beautiful message of hope of restoration -external life and love into this dark world.  Exodus 9:16″But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth” God made us each to operate within different gifting, teachings, experiences, revelation knowledge and talents so that He can use each one of us to carve a beautiful image of love into this dark, cold realm we live in today.  As we accept God as our savior and creator, we become free to operate in His purposes and our light becomes more focus and concentrated like a laser to become effective in exposing God’ truth, way and eternal life through His grace and mercies in Jesus Christ (Yeshua).   Philippians 2:13 “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose”.   2 Timothy 3:10  You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance,

Often we spread our light two thin like a flashlight with a broad beam  (compromise, lukewarm, selfish motives), where it reflects the word but never penetrates the darkness of Man’s souls.  That  is why many of the pharisees who disputed Christ as the Son of God said in Acts 5:38 “Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.”  Today, Christianity is still going strong and is the only “religion” that is based in truth, love and does not require us to work to receive God’s approval, grace and mercies.   We need to FOCUS on bringing God honor, glory and praise and walk according to our calling.  Exodus 9:16″But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth” Proverbs 19:21″Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails”Isaiah 14:24″The LORD Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen”

Meditate on Romans 8:28″And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according TO HIS PURPOSE!   Instead of applying this verse from a selfish perspective that God is going to do what we want Him to do for us, instead act like what it says.  A faithful obedient servant living our lives for His purposes, glory and love.  Then we will see our lives turn around and the messes become our message of hope that testifies of the goodness of God in each or our lives.  When we allow God to connect these points of lights together, then He can create churches, orphanages, hospitals, even nations built unto God to work as a bigger tool carving a larger image of God’s love into mankind’s hearts.  Matthew 6:33“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

As you study and read the word, stand on the promises of God made to us. Operate in the leading and gifting of the Holy Spirit to see and hear God’s purposes and plans in each of our lives.  Some are called to teach and preach, others to love and comfort.  Some of us are gifted to earn money to finance the building of God’s kingdom.   However, when each of us allow God’s purpose in our life, we operate as one team, united with common goals to help the widows and orphans.  To heal the sick and give hope to the weary.  To encourage and strengthen our fellow beloved in Christ.   UNITED as one giant tool, moving across the hearts and minds of society, helping to protect the poor and defend the weak like the good Samaritan.   We are to become followers of Jesus,  willful slaves who were free but now carry the burden for others to our savior.   Only ;then will we be truly alive in Christ is when we help set the captives free through our words and deeds.  Colossians 3:17″And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


Reference verses for your bible study.

1 Chronicles 23:5 Four thousand are to be gatekeepers and four thousand are to praise the LORD with the musical instruments I have provided for that purpose.”

Job 36:5  “God is mighty, but despises no one; he is mighty, and firm in his purpose.

Job 42:2  “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

Psalm 33:10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

Psalm 33:11  But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Proverbs 20:5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.

Isaiah 10:7  But this is not what he intends, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to many nations.

Isaiah 14:24  The LORD Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.

Isaiah 14:27 For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

Isaiah 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.

Isaiah 46:11 From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.

Isaiah 48:14 “Come together, all of you, and listen: Which of the idols has foretold these things? The LORD’s chosen ally will carry out his purpose against Babylon; his arm will be against the Babylonians.

Isaiah 55:11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Jeremiah 15:11 The LORD said, “Surely I will deliver you for a good purpose; surely I will make your enemies plead with you in times of disaster and times of distress.

Jeremiah 23:20 The anger of the LORD will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly.

Jeremiah 30:24 The fierce anger of the LORD will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand this.

Jeremiah 32:19 great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to the ways of all mankind; you reward each person according to their conduct and as their deeds deserve.

Jeremiah 51:11 “Sharpen the arrows, take up the shields! The LORD has stirred up the kings of the Medes, because his purpose is to destroy Babylon. The LORD will take vengeance, vengeance for his temple.

Jeremiah 51:12  Lift up a banner against the walls of Babylon! Reinforce the guard, station the watchmen, prepare an ambush! The LORD will carry out his purpose, his decree against the people of Babylon.

Jeremiah 51:29 The land trembles and writhes, for the LORD’s purposes against Babylon stand— to lay waste the land of Babylon so that no one will live there.

Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and the experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.)

John 20:30 [ The Purpose of John’s Gospel ] Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.

Acts 5:38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.

Acts 13:36 “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed.

Romans 9:11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand:

Romans 9:17 For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”

Romans 9:21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?

1 Corinthians 3:8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.

2 Corinthians 5:5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Galatians 4:18 It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you.

Ephesians 1:9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,

Ephesians 1:11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,

Ephesians 2:15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace,

Ephesians 3:11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 6:22I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.

Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Colossians 4:8 I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts.

1 Timothy 2:7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.

2 Timothy 1:9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

2 Timothy 2:20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use.

2 Timothy 2:21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

2 Timothy 3:10  You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance,

Hebrews 6:17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath.

Revelation 17:13 They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast.

Revelation 17:17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfi