Having The Right Perception Of God – 2016 February Fast (Day 3): Devotion By Rev. Geoffrey Muchai
What a privilege it is to seek God knowing that we can find Him.
God loves us so much that His grace and mercy was embodied in Christ Jesus for our redemption even when we had rebelled against Him with every fibre of our being.
Our state of corruption and wickedness in the carnal nature is so extreme that God says our hearts are desperately wicked. No one could ever master the heart to heal it. God never heals our wicked heart. He chooses to give us a new heart thus highlighting how sick the old heart is.
Without realising how degraded and defiled the old heart is, we will not have the passion and desire necessary before God to receive the new heart.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.Hebrews 4:12
God has searched our hearts and has warned us that our hearts have become familiar with Him and the people He has placed around us. He has also diagnosed that our characters have fractures, our motives are ill and our attitudes are sick with wrong perceptions. Brethren, we need to understand the weight of this word from God.
We have a fatal infection within our hearts and God is calling us to a place where we can find healing and restoration for our hearts.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.Jeremiah 17:9-10
When Jeremiah was praying for deliverance, he spoke the following:
Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.Jeremiah 17:14
We cannot find healing for our hearts until we set God apart in our hearts in the highest place. God needs to become the praise of our lips and the meditation of our hearts from now moving forward.
We need to surrender our old and dead hearts to Him at the Cross. We need to cast away every perception to him; both bad and good so that we can find the right perception.
Everything we have done for selfish gain, we need to repent like Zacchaeus. We need to pay back that which we have stolen and make peace with those we have wronged so that we can receive our deliverance.
Having a good perception of Jesus doesn’t mean that we have the right perception of Him. #selah
God wants to cleanse our hearts so that we can transact with Him at new levels.
In particular, God warned us about familiarity and our heart positions in February 2013 because His desire is to: