TODAY'S MANNA for Sunday, Sep. 30, 2018
Search my heart oh God!
    Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23-24                 New International Version
   God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and He is all knowing.  He knows the condition of our hearts even better than we do.  God knows us inside and out.  We can't pretend we are something we are not with Him.  We can't hide behind a facade and pretend to be something else, He knows us!  He sees all we do and hears all we say, knows everything we think.  He even knows our thoughts before we speak them. This should liberate us to be able to have real intimacy with Him, but instead most of us run from such a close relationship with God.  If our desire, however, is to become more like Him, the only way to be transformed into His likeness is by inviting Him in and allowing "Him to look at our heart, our motivations, and our desires, all of it, not just some.  He desires our close, intimate, fellowship most of all.  He wants to renew your heart, mind and soul to a point where you think, feel, and desire the things He does. He wants to remove anything that is not of Him from our lives.
   Father, I know You are the one who "searches hearts and minds" yet because of the grace You demonstrated in Jesus, I am confident that You love me.  My heart is sorry for the sin I have committed, and I truly am ready to change.  But I need Your help and Your power working in me to affect that change.  I of myself can do nothing.  I am really trying to serve You in honor and purity.  Please fill me afresh today with Your Holy Spirit to enable me to become more like Christ.  Father, search my heart and purge that which is not of You.  In the name of Your Holy Son, Jesus I pray.

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