By: Sam Garvin

“For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7

During this time, Samuel went to Jesse and asked to see his sons after Saul was rejected by God due to his disobedience. As all seven sons would pass by Samuel, he would say, “The LORD has not chosen these.” But it was the youngest, the 8th son; the Shepherd Boy that was anointed by Samuel. “And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward.” (1 Samuel 15 & 16)

How many times do we look at outer appearance like Samuel did with the first son? The moments we think we know what God knows. God gives us a heart check to bring us back to him. “However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out.” – Ecclesiastes 8:17. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6.

That is why it is best to sit at the feet of Jesus with open palms, “let your will be done” A heart purely seeking His will; like David. Humble. A willing vessel. Clay in our master’s hand being shaped and molded. We are not meant to walk alone. We still need the Body of Christ to walk out this faith together. Know who is on your team for encouraging and equipping to do the good work that Christ set in our heart’s to do. Discipleship of iron sharpens iron. Brothers and Sisters working together, side by side not against. 

Sisters, hear my heart, we want to encourage our brothers in Christ to rise up and lead. The Hearts of David. The pure of heart. They are not men to be afraid of or look to manipulate but to respect and honor. We are coming into a culture where I am concerned for our men. That is a world saying, “A man leading is wrong.” 

(Note: I am not against women going into leadership if they are called to do so; if God permits. I am not to judge. Jesus’ loved woman and gave them a voice and by their testimony brought people to Christ.) 

But the questions that come to my mind is, What is a woman? What is a man? The roles that God has designed us to play. How does that design apply to this day and age? Do we value what scripture says or what culture says? I am currently looking into scripture to understand authority and submission in my own marriage and my relationship with Christ. I am not saying I have it all figured out. God only knows the heart. Even if you are single, you have to ask yourself. Who is your accountability? Do you have a sister that will push you to be a better version of yourself, that will pray with you and for you? We live in a culture that says go with what you feel, when we all know feelings are deceitful. 

“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. 

May we take our thought captive under the Lordship of Christ (God’s word.) “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. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” – Hebrews 4:12-13. 

It is through reading His Word, that God tests our heart, thoughts, receive guidance, and direction. May we not seek our own will but our Father in Heaven and not twist scripture to fit our agenda. I am concerned the Body of Christ is not looking any different from our culture. Scripture doesn’t change but meets culture where it is at. But meeting culture where it is at doesn’t mean mirroring the culture. We are to be set apart. 

We shouldn’t allow culture to stir our hearts, but allow Christ to transform our hearts from the inside out.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2.

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