And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men. —Isaiah 29:13

“Ah, stubborn children,” declares the LORD, “who carry out a plan, but not mine.” —Isaiah 30:1

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. —Ephesians 6:5-6

            Are you and I “doing the will of God from the heart?”  Or… are we just drawing near to Him with our mouths and honoring Him with our lips, but our hearts are far from Him?  Do we have a fear of our Lord that “is a commandment taught by men” or are we clinging to His Word?  When was the last time you read, listened and heeded His Word, to what He had to say?

            Are we carrying out our own plans and not His plans?  Is what we are about what we desire and not what He desires?  What does He desire for our lives?  What is His plans for us?  We can only know this as we spend time with Him, getting direction from Him— “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you” (Psalm 32:8) and “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).  Are you spending that time with Him?  Is spiritual warfare, trials, persecution, worries of the world or the focus on earthly wealth keeping You from sitting at His feet?  Oh, that we would hear, understand and bring forth fruitfulness that will bring honor and glory to Him!

            Do we serve with a sincere heart or are we just being people pleasers?  Why do we seek to be what we are?  Why do we do what we do?  Is it appearance to impress people or are we seeking to please God, doing His will from the heart?  The question… Where is your heart’s focus… really?  Because “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).  We are treasuring our Lord or some idol.  So, what are we treasuring?  It is a question to seriously ask ourselves.  May our heart be His!

Dear Father may I treasure You above all.  May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.  So may it be!

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