GOD DOES KNOW YOUR HEART
By Tara Chapman (April 2008)
Scriptures from KJV
"God knows my heart." "It's the heart that matters." "God looks
on the heart." "It's about where our heart is."
These are the various responses I've received over the last few
years from professing Christians when I've explained to them that
they were not worshipping God in the way He desires and commands.
When I've shared the truth concerning how mainstream professing
Christians are sinning by keeping Sunday as their weekly worship
day and by keeping pagan holidays such as Christmas and Easter
(as well as breaking other commandments), I commonly get one of
these defensive replies concerning their hearts. They don't argue
the fact that the holidays they use to worship Him are heathen in
origin. They know they are. But, they claim that they believe God
thinks it's okay for them to do it their way and that He is
pleased with their wrong worship of Him, because they believe God
sees that their heart is in the right place. I disagree.
Let's get to the "heart" of the matter and see what the Bible -
God's authoritative Word - has to say about the subject. The
Bible warns us twice that, "There is a way which seemeth right
unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs
14:12; 16:25), and "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes:
but YHWH pondereth the hearts" (Proverbs 21:2, see also Prov.
22:12). We see here that God does search the hearts of persons.
We also see that there are things men do that they think are
right, but the truth is that those things lead to death - the
second death in the lake of fire. Jeremiah 17:10 says, "I YHWH
search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man
according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings."
(See also Rev. 2:23) The previous verse - verse 9 - says, "The
heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who
can know it?" This should come as a great warning - an alarm
bell, if you will - that we cannot always trust our hearts. We
cannot base our way of living on merely feelings and how we feel
in the heart.
The reason why everyone is so deceived and that there are so many
different brands of Christianity is that people base their
beliefs on feelings rather than truth. What is truth? Psalm
119:142 says, "Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
and thy law is the truth." Jesus said, "God is a Spirit: and they
that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." We
must base our worship of God on His law - His commandments, not
on our feelings and what we see as "right in our own eyes." The
Bible says that, "all [of God's] commandments are righteousness"
(Psalm 119:172). So, the commandments of God's law are both
righteousness and truth. The opposite of righteousness is
wickedness. While keeping God's law is equated with righteousness
and truth, breaking or forsaking God's law is equated with
wickedness and lying. Psalm 119:53 says, "Horror hath taken hold
upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law." Verse 155 of
the same chapter says, "Salvation is far from the wicked: for
they seek not thy statutes." Verse 163 says, "I hate and abhor
lying: but thy law do I love." Psalm 119:29 and 30a say, "Remove
from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously. I have
chosen the way of truth." (Study also Ecc.9:3; Prov.11:20;
Deut.11:16; Zech.7:12; Gen.8:21; Isaiah 29:13; Obad.1:3; Lev.
Again, we can't base the way we live solely on feelings of the
deceitful heart. Many people say they love God, but it's all
based on feelings. A person who truly loves God keeps His
commandments, which would include His Sabbath day and His feasts
and holy days, rather than the pagan Sunday and the pagan
holidays and feasts that the false professing "Christian"
Catholic Church and the Protestants keep.
I John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his
commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.