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Having Great Resolutions of Heart

As we get older, we analyze more of the value of life. ​Just as parents love to watch their children grow ​day by day and year after year, we ​also can recognize that this ​kind of growth in life is so precious. This week with Irvine Christian Students, we are continuing in the topic of A Blessed Human Life. How blessed we ​are to be able to come to the Lord and have more of His divine life ​each day. In order for us to experience this growth, we need to have resolute hearts.

Judges 5:15-16 says,

“Among the divisions of Reuben there were great resolutions in heart. In the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.”

How is our heart toward God? Have we ever made a firm decision before God to pursue Him? Have we ever looked thoroughly with much effort to find out what is in God’s heart? Previously, we have learned that God made us in His image for us to contain Him and that we express what we are filled with. The book of Judges is full of failures of God’s chosen people. It even says in Judges 2:10 that “…another generation, who did not know Jehovah or the work that He had done for Israel…” However, the Lord still had ​a remnant among ​them whose heart was set toward God. Through those who have made resolutions and searchings in their heart, God was able to gain what He needed.

This week, the real emphasis is on our heart. There are about 23,145 verses in the Bible and of these 956 verses ​speak about our heart. How important it is that our heart is taken care of by the Lord. When God deals with our heart, it will become softened and submissive as Proverbs 21:1 says,

“The king’s heart is like streams of water in the hand of Jehovah; He turns it wherever He wishes.”

Moreover, our heart will be pure (Matt. 5:8), loving, and full of peace (Col. 3:15). Our heart is a channel and an avenue in which God ​can flow. When our heart loves God, we are able to receive Him into our spirit. Therefore, we can say that the searching and the resolution of our heart ​toward God become the means for God to come into us. As our heart is fully opened to the Lord, we will receive more and more of Himself until we are like those described in Judges 5:31,

“May those who love Him be like the sun when it rises in its might.”