Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Trusting God Part 16 - Seeing More of God in My Life

Connie was feeling like she saw so little of God in her life these days. There had been a time when He had seemed so real and so close ...and she missed that. She couldn’t put her finger on what had changed.

One night she picked up her Bible to do her devotions. It was a habit…she didn’t really expect to get much out of it. But this simple verse struck her; she read it again.

“Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8

The Holy Spirit gave Connie a revelation of what had happened in her relationship with God. She let the words “pure in heart” penetrate her thinking. With clarity that comes from God’s Spirit she realized that she had allowed impurities to gather in her heart and this was exactly why she was not seeing God in her life as she once had.

Oh, the impurities had been so subtle…a bad attitude to a co-worker that she had felt justified in hanging onto; critical thoughts about her husband that she had chosen to rehearse over and over, an agitation she just wanted to nurse along; some of the movies she had chosen to watch. Subtle impurities had blocked her sight of God in her life.

And she knew she needed to choose. What did she want? Did she want to hang on to these things in her heart or did she want to see more of God and His blessing in her life?

Connie mused over these thoughts for quite awhile before turning out the light. She was justified in so many of them…people and situations around her were trying at times. But she knew the choice was hers as to what she kept in her heart.

Take a check at what is going on in your heart today. Impurities build up that seem so small in themselves, yet they will cloud God from clear view. Ask Him to show you your heart. Give the wrong attitudes, motives and thoughts to Him. Ask Him to help you keep your heart pure. It will make a big difference in seeing God in your life. Take a moment now and pray with me…

prayer & reflection

Dear Father God,
I know I have allowed wrong attitudes and thoughts to settle into my heart. I have felt justified in my criticism and in my ulterior motives. I don’t want any impurities in my heart that will block my seeing You. Please forgive me. Help me, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, to be aware of these subtle impurities and keep my heart guarded. Renew the desire in my heart today to have a pure heart and to see You as I once did. Show me Yourself in new and amazing ways. I want to trust you with every area of my heart and my life. Renew my heart today.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen.