Inward Training

”When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly.” – Matthew 6:17 (MSG)

Inward training.

It reminds me of what God told Samuel,  “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.”  God spoke to Samuel when he immediately compared himself to another man of God.

That does not sound like a new concept does it?  One man of God comparing himself to another man of God.  A church trying to be like the church down the street.  You wishing that you had the life that God gave to someone else.  Thank you Lord for bringing us to what is most important.

The Lord looks into the heart.

My journey is a journey of my heart.  It’s difficult for me to not think of God as someone who looks at all of my outward appearances.  How can He not look at my stature?  How can His focus not be on my great accomplishments?  What kind of a Father would be more concerned with who I am rather than what I can do?

YHWH.  He is my loving Father and the Almighty God

Am I that kind of a Father?

I want my daughter to be respectful.  I pray that my daughter will be loving.  I hope that my daughter will be more organized than I am.  I would feel like an accomplished dad if my daughter was successful in life.

If I want to be the man I was created to be, then my heart must reflect the heart of YHWH.  My heart and His heart must become so intertwined that I desire the same things that He desires.  When our hearts are immeshed, then I start to see things like He sees them.

I guess I have some inward training to do.

I pray that today would be one step closer as you continue to train inward.

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