God looks at the heart – the sacred chase

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By Dave Henning / October 12, 2020

“God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7) and searches far and wide for someone who will wholeheartedly commit themselves to the sacred chase (2 Chronicles 16:9).  This reaches farther than coming to God with our problems in prayer.  If the problems in our life went away, would we still have a prayer life?”- Heath Adamson

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”- 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV)

Heath Adamson continues Chapter 1 of The Sacred Chase as he observes that it’s possible to seek things and still forfeit the kingdom of God.  Because. Mr. Adamson underscores, when you seek the kingdom of God, everything else comes with it.  Therefore, Heath prays that your dominant fixation in life = simply catching a fresh glimpse of who God is again.  Day after day.

For example, Job, Esther, and David all bent their hearts in God’s direction.  Consequently, they chose inheritance over convenience.  And this reveals a significant truth for us.  All the mind-blowing, dream-shattering goodness of God displayed in our lives relates to the condition of our souls.  In Ephesians 3:20 (ESV) we read:

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask of think according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever.  Amen.”

Above all, Heath notes, one can literally translate the word power in the above passage as dynamite.  In addition, the phrase ‘according to’ provides the source for our word energy.  It can literally mean ‘an electrical current energizing a wire.’  The author continues:

“It’s almost as if all of God’s goodness and your spiritual inheritance are packaged in a stick of dynamite, and you have the ability to light the fuse. . . .  With no spark, the dormant power is useless.  The words ‘according to’ reveal that much of the quality of our spiritual lives is not up to God; it’s up to us.”

Today’s question: When God looks at the heart, does He see wholehearted commitment on your part?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “To run well and finish strong”

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