Right in the Sight of GodBro. David Chancellor
3/14/2010 6:00 PM
And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money. Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
Simon saw people receiving the Holy Ghost and he offered the disciples money to give it to him. "…because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God." We want to have a heart that is right in the sight of God. Simon’s heart wasn’t right in God’s sight. A heart that is right in God’s sight is like God’s heart. Simon had his own interest in mind. Simon had seen and believed that there was something in Philip that was greater than what Simon purported to be. Simon wanted to be the great one again. He didn’t have God’s purpose in mind. Our hearts need to be in line with God.
When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God. And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer, Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant. But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.
This talks about the Israelites and how they weren’t satisfied with what God provided. It shows how they would turn to God when trouble came, but their hearts weren’t with God. They were focused on self instead of on God. Their heart wasn’t to do God’s will. They weren’t willing to fight for Canaan because they didn’t really want the land. They didn’t have the heart of God. God wanted to do great things with them, but they hindered things because their hearts weren’t with him. Our heart should be with God to accomplish his will and purpose.
2 Kings 10:15-17
And when he was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him: and he saluted him, and said to him, Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thine heart? And Jehonadab answered, It is. If it be, give me thine hand. And he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot. And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the Lord. So they made him ride in his chariot. And when he came to Samaria, he slew all that remained unto Ahab in Samaria, till he had destroyed him, according to the saying of the Lord, which he spake to Elijah.
Jehu was out doing what God said needed to be done. Destruction was promised and Jehu delivered it with the zeal of God. The prophesy of Elijah against Ahab was fulfilled through Jehu. We should desire that God’s words would be fulfilled in us.
2 Kings 10:30-31
And the Lord said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel. But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.
God was pleased when Jehu did what was in God’s heart. Jehu should have taken heed to the law of the Lord. He received a blessing, but how much better it would have been if he had followed God’s word. We should want in all things to fulfill the will of God. Align your will with God. Ask God what he wants for your life. Line your heart up with God.
The high position or great accomplishment shouldn’t be our goal. We should want what God wants in our lives. Pursuing our own desires isn’t God’s plan either. We need to live to do God’s will. We want to be able to travel with God and have our zeal used to accomplish his purpose.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
This pictures a heart that is right in God’s sight: "…for I am meek and lowly in heart..." This is the kind of heart we need to have. Seek God and his will in things. Jesus came to do the Father’s will. He was submissive to God’s will. We may bump up against hard things in life, but we can be submissive to God’s will. If our heart isn’t like God’s, that’s where we’ll run into trouble. If you can’t submit to God and his will, you’ll have great trouble and ultimately, failure. God wants a meek and lowly heart in us. Jesus is honored because he was willing to do what God gave him to do.
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear, and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
There were probably many who would rather not have been a servant. If we’re willing to do the will of God, we’ll be willing to do it wherever we are in life. God needs people in all kinds of places. He needs people who will do the will of God from the heart. Wherever you are, do God’s will from the heart. Do what God wants you to do. We won’t always know what the plan is… beyond carrying it to the world. Can you continue to do God’s will even when it doesn’t seem to be successful? God is working beyond what we can see. Settle it that whatever God wants is what you want. We may not always be able to see what God is doing, but we need to still be submissive to his will. Be obedient. Be faithful. Let God’s work be done in you.
For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the vail, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water,
It is through purification by the Holy Spirit that our hearts are aligned with God and his plan. Our hearts can be lined up with his law, when his Spirit is allowed to do his work. Draw near with a true heart. Genuinely desire that God would have his way in your life. God wants to wash us and make our hearts right with him. Our desire should be to fulfill his desire. Want it regardless of what it costs.