2018 Fasting Guide – Day Fifteen

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This is a familiar scripture (or should be) to all of us. The Lord was speaking to a scribe who asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?”

30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.
Mark 12:30-31 NKJV


So let us start this last week of our fast by breaking this passage down. Love the Lord OUR GOD with ALL of our HEARTS!

“All” means:

• whole or “all;” complete in extent, amount, time or degree
• all, altogether, every whit, throughout, whole

That means that we are completely giving every part of our hearts. What makes us be alive belongs to Him!
Heart comes from the word:

• Kardia – the heart, thoughts or feelings (mind); also (by analogy) the middle

The Lord told the scribe that the greatest commandment is to love God. When a person loves the Lord with all of his heart, it means that with his whole essence he loves the Lord. Also, the heart equals the seat of emotions, poetically meaning emotional love.
David was known as the man after God’s own heart. However, we must recognize that before David knew how to accomplish that, God was looking at his heart, knowing he would be after His heart, and that is why David was chosen to be king.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV


God knows the capacity of all of our hearts. He has put inside of us desires as well as the ability to love Him from the very seat of our emotions. He is just waiting for us to WANT to discover all the different aspects of them. David wasn’t just king. He was the person who said things like this:

I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. Oh when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
Psalm 101:2 KJV

This was David’s heart crying out to have the perfect heart so he could come into the house of the Lord knowing they were in seamless oneness. We are told (this is not a suggestion) that we are to please God and to live in the way He wants us to live. He wants us to cry out to behave wisely–and having a perfect heart after God is wise! That is what God is looking for. Look what having a heart after God does for you:

My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul.
Psalm 108:1 NIV

We will talk more about this tomorrow, but having a heart after God makes you desire to bless Him with your voice, to bless Him with instruments and to worship with ALL you have! David started his day that way. His desire is not just for himself, but that all people will be touched and come to know His faithfulness and His glory.

2 Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. 3 I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. 4 For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. 5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth.
Psalm 108:2-5 NIV


If your heart is after Him, then your heart will also be for others. There is more. You will also have a desire to ALWAYS feel this way. You will desire to represent Him well on the earth. You will have a desire to listen to what He has to say and to store it up in your heart, so that it secures your relationship with Him and so that you keep on desiring Him.

10 With my whole heart have I sought You, inquiring for and of You and yearning for You; Oh, let me not wander or step aside [either in ignorance or willfully] from Your commandments. 11 Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You. 12 Blessed are You, O Lord; teach me Your statutes. 13 With my lips have I declared and recounted all the ordinances of Your mouth.
Psalm 119:10-13 AMP

If your heart is after Him, it will also be after His character. It will also be after every part of His heart. You will long to know Him more. And you WILL know Him more, because this is His desire all along. I have always loved David. I hated his sin. I hated his faults, and I recognized he had them. But I also saw that all through his life, he would realize what was the most important thing and he would turn to God and cry out for his heart to be cleansed and purified again. Through all his ups and downs, David was special because his heart was ALL IN after God’s own heart. David wanted God to reveal His heart to him, not just what someone else said about God’s heart. Once you desire and come to know His heart, your heart will never be the same.

Because you will come to know Him as:

• the Lover of your soul
• your Defender
• your Provider
• your Healer
• your Hiding Place

And so much more.
Today, we can spend time thinking of all the wonderful things we already know about God’s heart and we should. But the challenge I have for you today is this: Ask Him to show you one more thing about His heart so your heart will be able to be more conformed to His.

Let’s pray:

Dear God,

I am happy about David, but You said You are no respecter of persons. I want my name to be written down alongside David’s as a man/woman after Your own heart. I ask that right now You would reveal to me another wonderful thing that is in Your heart, so I can ask for that in my heart as well. I want the very seat of all my emotions to be enveloped around Your heart’s desires, and I want to know You more and more.

I know You want me to love You with all my heart, so here I am asking You to help me do just that. I know You will hear and answer this prayer. Speak to me as I worship, my God.
In Jesus’ name, I come.

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