The word of God exposes/reveals our hearts.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts AND intents of the heart.” Heb 4:12
I have been a counselor for 23 years. Behavior is easy to see; the heart motivation behind the behavior is not.
It is important for the people I counsel to be in the Word. Through it God will expose their heart.
Years ago, I was reading Psalm 12:3-4 “May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaks proud things, Who have said, ‘with our tongue we will prevail; our lips are out own, who is lord over us?’”
As I read that, I remember thinking what a good Scripture for ___________ (someone I was counseling). But the Lord pressed me to read it again. As I read it the second time, I realized God was not telling me that ___________ spoke proud things or prevailed with their lips or refused God’s rule over their mouth – rather it was me. I spoke proud things and prevailed with my lips, refusing His rule over my mouth. Zing, right to my heart.
Through my reading of the Word, God exposed the thoughts and intents of my heart.
How about you? Are you in the Word, open to what God will expose and reveal to you?
Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John for 30 years. She has 2 adult children, 4 grandchildren, 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 11 in all. She delights in reading and teaching, but mostly in laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.
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