Monday, August 10, 2015

Examine Me, O Lord

Hello faithful followers!
Let us rejoice in this beautiful day which the Lord has made!
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I was talking with my daughter one afternoon
and she was sharing with me an incident
that had taken place where it involved
the lives of two different people.
Why is it some people can be so wrong
and yet never see themselves for what they are saying
or even doing for that matter?
And so...she and I asked one another
the question; Do people ever do as Psalm 26:2 says,
"Examine me, O Lord, and prove me,
try my reins and my heart."

I know for my self ~ should I be confronted with my wrong actions
I want to stop and "examine" myself
before the Lord, asking Him to show me
the errors of my way.
"Who can understand his errors,
cleanse thou me from secret faults."
(Psalm 19:12)
Without God's Word, it is difficult
for us to know if or when we violate God's will.
The Word of God will bring hidden faults to light
and offers strong warnings about what
displeases God so that the believer's actions
words and thoughts may receive His favor.
Here is a beautiful verse we can hide in our hearts;
"Teach me, O Lord, the way of Thy statutes,
and I shall keep it unto the end."
(Psalm 119:33) 
For myself ~ I want to ask the Lord if there are areas in my life
that are not pleasing to Him?
Are there changes that I need to allow Him 
to work on in my life,
so that the name of my Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified?
"Thou hast set our iniquities before thee,
our secret sins in the light of thy countenance."
(Psalm 90:8)  
The conversation my daughter and I shared
caused me to ponder on something that I thought was important
for us women who desire to walk worthy of the calling
of the Lord. 

"Examine me, O Lord, and prove me,
try my reins and my heart."
( Psalm 26:2 )
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are essential for testing, refining, and purifying our hearts.
God proves us as gold is proved whether
it be standard.
Just as refining of gold removes impurities,
the things in our life that are
unacceptable shall be removed.
Refining gold separates the pure from the
less precious metals.
It is God who removes the dross from our lives
and it is an on going process in our walk of faith.
Webster dictionary defines dross as;
"the scum that forms on the surface of molten metal."
God wants to remove the "scum" in our lives.
God knows every mans true character,
for He knows the thoughts and intents of the heart.

"The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately wicked; who can know it?
I the Lord search the heart,
I try the reins, even to give every man
according to his ways,
and according to the fruit of his deeds." 
( Jeremiah 17:9-10 )
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Whatever wickedness there is in our hearts
God sees it, knows it
and is perfectly acquainted with it.
The Lord searches our hearts that are so
carelessly overlooked by ourselves and disguised
or concealed from others.
He not only searches the heart with a piercing eye
but He tries the reins to pass a judgment
upon what He discovers, to give everything
it's true character and due weight.
God judges the overt act by the heart.
Oh that we would not flatter ourselves,
but always stand in awe of the judgement of God.

But then we must remember that our actions are "weighed."
"Talk no more so exceeding proudly;
let not arrogancy come out of your mouth:
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
and by him actions are weighed." 
( 1Samuel 2:3 )

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Nothing is secret from God, He knows everything.
This verse is quite clear,
"our actions will be weighed"
another words, God will judge according 
to our actions, thoughts and that which has come off our lips.

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"So teach us to number our days
that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
Our Precious Heavenly Father,
we know that the battle we face daily
is over our heart. Help us to measure our days,
to seek out Your statutes, so as to let nothing in
that would contaminate our lives for You.
We praise Your holy Name!

Be Gracious
~ Debbie ~ 

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Denise Oldham said...

amen my precious friend, love you.

Simply Linda said...

Yikes, how truthful this post is. I have been struggling with some things and have had similar thoughts such as your daughters...thank you for such a beautiful and well placed post.

P.S. I love your new look here, lovely, just like you.


Jeanna said...

This speaks to me, Debbie. Thank you.

Sylvia said...

Lovely photo's and I love your new look,Debbie!
Great words of wisdom too. I agree we should consider our actions and words for we never know the influence we have on others. " Guard our heart for Out of it comes the issues of Life"
Have a blessed day,

Linda said...

Such a lovely post, dearest Debbie, filled with love, encouragement and beauty. Thank you so much for sharing, you have made my day. God bless you. :)

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

I loved reading this post. It touched my heart.

Anne Payne said...

Debbie, Such wisdom comes from you, my friend! Thanking the Lord for your obedience to his Word.

Your blog is lovely, just like you!!!


Oliva Ohlson said...

Is very nice to meet you Debbie, and thank you for stopping by my blog!!!
I can really relate to this post. I love visiting you and becoming your new follower...your blog is very soothing to the soul!!!

Robyn said...

Yikes is right! Powerful words, Debbie. You've left me much to think on. I try not to grow cynical but sometimes you are forced to deal with people in life whose intentions are not pure and it's tough.
Thank you for the guidance, sweet friend.
Love your new look :)
Great to see you writing again. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

There is no hiding from His truths and His mercies. As I get older, I realize more and more that I need less of the world and more of HIM. Culture, the media, the things that crowd out the simple act of loving one another, loving oneself and being a good neighbor try to divert our attention. But listening in silence, walking boldly and believing that our obedience to good actions in faith is far more nourishing to our souls, the real beings, inhabitants of the other world. Blessings to you Debbie!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

You always give me food for thought, my friend, with your caring words and wisdom, and your carefully chosen scriptural verses. Not only that, but your pictures that accompany the words are so beautiful and meaningful. Thank you for your insight!

Debby Ray said...

Many wise words are written here my friend. It is the desire of my heart to live this out in my life...unfortunately struggling at times to do so. I am so thankful for God's perfect grace! I meant to tell you the other day that I really like the new look of your blog! I am about to change my header again...just like my furniture at home, I need to do some rearranging on my blog too! Hoping your Tuesday is blessed!

hobbyloes said...

It is important to examine yourself, because our heart is so tricky.
Love the new music on your blog,especially : Because He lives.
Have a blessed week.

Conniecrafter said...

I agree that we need to continually examine our life and strive to be the person God wants us to be

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Beautiful post, Debbie! Very inspiring and lovely words. Thank you for sharing this important message. Hugs and blessings xo Karen

Melanie said...

Such a lovely post! Sometimes I wonder if I ever will be the woman God wants me to be. Thankfully, I don't have to do it in strength! Have a blessed day.

Linda Walker said...

Hi Debbie,
I have been sitting here listening to your lovely music. Your blog is a peaceful place to visit. I loved your post, as always words of wisdom! I love the changes made to your blog, so pretty and thank you very much for adding a link to my etsy shop! In addition to being very wise, you are also very kind!

Lady Linda said...

Good evening dear Debbie....I love to read your blog posts as they make me really stop and think! God has blessed you with that ability. You are such a true sister in Christ. Thank you so much.
Linda Lou

Stephanie said...

So...I feel like I have lost touch with the blogging community over the last couple of weeks - can you believe I am just now visiting you?!

Your post was {as always} excellent and very thought-provoking. You shared this important message in a very gentle and beautiful way, but that is simply always your way :)

Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! The first one literally took my breath away with its softness and elegance. Bravo! :)

And your music....ah, so lovely :) I think I shall leave your page up while I work on my computer. Love you!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Debbie, what a wonderful post today...and one that is hard indeed but one that is necessary. We must always humble ourselves before Him and ask Him to examine our hearts and reveal to us the sin in our hearts and lives. May we always be humble and moldable...seeking to glorify Him and praise His name. Yes, nothing is secret to Him! Beautiful photos that truly make this a delight to visit today, dear Debbie! Praise God...with hugs!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Debbie, Such a blessing to start a new week with you and read your words of love and encouragement. Love your blog look and your header is beautiful.
The music is one of my favorites and I love to play this on the piano.
Thank you for sharing your teachings as only you can do. So glad to be back from my step away from the computer. It sure does one good for a fresh new start and break from the hectic. Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. Missed you my friend. Blessings always~
Love, cm

Camille said...

Dross is something we want the Lord to is, very often, a painful process. May we be made willing to have it all stripped away that we might bring Him glory. How precious HE is! Hugs, Camille

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