“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9a, KJV)
1 Samuel 13: 4 the Lord has sought out [David] a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince and ruler over His people. AMP
1 Samuel 24: 5Afterward, David’s heart smote him because he had cut off Saul’s skirt. AMP
God is always interested in showing himself strong on behalf of a man—any man. The determining factor is the state of the heart.
How to Soar—The 5 C’s
When David was selected divinely as the king, this could be referred to as success but where God wanted him to get to was a place of significance. The new job, new business etc that you have amounts to success but remember God wants you to soar. It is important that you cannot be slothful, shoddy or tardy. You need to show that you know what you are doing.
You cannot be employed or profess to have certain attributes based on your resume and not able to display it. While all these are relevant, you need more. God looks at how you do things, the reason why you do things and what you are willing to do to get what you want. When God pronounced that He has found a man after His own heart in David, He was talking about the way He will see things, how he will relate with people and most importantly what he will do or not do to get to the throne. Anyone ready to soar will take care of the following in their heart:
- Conscience — a heart that acknowledges
When Saul was in the cave and David went in and cut off part of his garment, the word of God says his heart convicted him. The heart of men or women that are ready to soar will convict them when they do what is wrong. They do not try to excuse it away. When you do what is wrong does your conscience trouble you. Conscience can be defined as the awareness of a moral or ethical aspect to one’s conduct together with the urge to prefer right over wrong. This is dependent on the definition of what is right or wrong by ones estimation. Wickedness proceeds from the wicked (1Samuel 24:13)
1 Timothy 4: 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, NKJV
When ones conscience is seared, the capacity for truth is lost. You believe that whatever you do is right. This is a heart problem. A heart that does not agree with that of God cannot produce a significant person. Whatever level of success that person has is bad success.
A reason why we do not hearken when our heart convicts us is because we are concerned about the evaluation or estimation of people. We immediately say what will people think about me we neglect what God is “thinking” about us. “Now am I trying to win the favor of men, or of God? Do I seek to please men? If I were still seeking popularity with men, I should not be a bond servant of Christ (the Messiah).” (Galatians 1:10, AMP)
- Compassion — a heart that cares
David said the Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master. When Saul and Jonathan eventually perished in a day he wept, mourned and composed a song.
When we are asking God to prosper us, he in turn is asking what you are going to do with what He gives you. This has been a hindrance to our progress. When David brought in the ark from the home of Obededom to show his gratitude he fed everybody in Israel
1 Chronicles 16: 3And he distributed to everyone of Israel, both man and woman, to everyone a loaf of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins. AMP
In 2Kings 7 verse 1, Elisha made a pronouncement that commodities will become cheap. This became possible through the action of 3 lepers because they have a right heart.
2 Kings 7: 9Finally they said to one another, “We shouldn’t be doing this! This is a day of good news and we’re making it into a private party! If we wait around until morning we’ll get caught and punished. Come on! Let’s go tell the news to the king’s palace!” MSG
God is looking for a heart that will share the good news, the glad tidings of peace and proclaim Jesus. The desire of God is not for any one to perish but to come to His saving grace.
- Communicate — a heart that correctly discern
David told Saul, why do you listen to what people are saying. The surest way to fail is to allow the slander of men to smear you. A Chinese proverb says “Slander does not destroy a man, when the flood recedes the rock will still be standing”.
If we act based on rumors it could be to our own peril. God is looking for a heart that will not go out to avenge every perceived action. Do not trust human information neither act based on one side of a story. Find out the truth as much as you can about a matter. From conversations, criticism may spring up do not just jettison it. Always do something with feedback because feedback ignored is mayhem, pandemonium ignited.
- Confess — a heart that says
After everything, David was able to pronounce that the Lord judge between me and you. The Lord avenge me (1Samuel 24:12, 15, 19). A heart that will win confesses positively. You profess what you want to possess. As a man thinks so he is.
Phillipians 4: 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. NKJV
- Clean — a heart that is pure
David said I have not sinned against you.
Psalm 24: 3 Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. 5 He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior. 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob. Selah
“My basic principle is that,
You do not make decisions because they are easy;
You do not make decisions because they are cheap;
You do not make decisions because they are popular;
You make decisions because they are right.”
How to have a Right heart
- By praying – The heaven opened unto Jesus while He was praying. The motive of our prayers, God knows, remember that he examines the heart.
- By Obeying –
- By forgiving
- By Loving—Romans 5:5
- By Examining—Psalm 139:23-24, 1 Corinthians 11: Let every man examine himself if he is still in the faith