Deuteronomy 8:2 God Tests You To Know Your Heart

Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. Deuteronomy 8:2

Starting as a young child every person must take tests throughout their life. Tests attempt to reveal what a person knows or is able to accomplish. These tests can reveal mental knowledge, physical abilities, and character traits.

Although tests can be difficult and are often hated, they can reveal where a person needs to change or grow.

Moses reminded the people of how God tested them in the wilderness to know whether they would keep His commands or not.

Going through a difficult time of testing is very seldom the desire of anyone. It can be very scary and painful. Choosing the right answers can sometimes be mind-boggling or confusing.

Throughout the scriptures God teaches those who choose to believe in Him how He desires them to live their life to the fullest. Life lived this way is one of faith and trust in God alone. It is knowing that He knows the best way to live.

A person can easily say that he believes in Jesus, but it is much more difficult to obey His commands. The commands of God will often go against the ways of this fallen world.

God will purposefully place difficulties in the path of a believer to test him. He wants to see whether the believer will seek Him, obey Him and trust His word and guidance. These difficulties are not always meant to punish and never to destroy, but to build up, to reveal weak areas to be worked upon.

Testing will come to reveal what is really in the heart of a person.

From the moment you chose to believe in Jesus, God has revealed to you how He wants you to live your life. The basics of it is to love Him with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength.

Now that you know how you are to live, God will test you to find out if you have learned to live that way. Difficulties and testings will come into your life on a regular basis to see if you will continue to obey Him or if you will follow the ways of the world.

Make the choice to pass these tests perfectly.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God requires of you; that you will choose to always obey all of God’s commands; and that you will trust God in times of testings and difficulties.

Ezekiel 36:27 God’s Spirit Motivates

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And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Ezekiel 36:27 

It is very easy for people to have a desire to do or stop doing something. However, having the inner motivation to actually do or stop doing it is another thing.

People are very quick to start something, but then as soon as trouble or a complication hits, they give up and stop. The same goes for when they are striving to stop something, it often fails as soon as a struggle occurs.

Most often, these actions occur because there is a lack of strong enough inner motivation.

God had a plan to restore Israel after sending them into exile and destroying the nation. His plan was to restore the nation and then put His Holy Spirit into each of the people. The purpose of His Holy Spirit was to motivate them to follow His laws.

The easiest way to get someone to do or not do something is to get to their heart. Once it is in the heart of a person, there is nothing that cannot be done, positively or negatively.

Many believers fight with trying to obey God in doing something or turning away from sin. Most often they fail on a regular basis and will give up after a time of struggle, thinking that it can never happen the way it was supposed to happen.

Just as with the Israelites, God wants to pour out His Holy Spirit into the life of every believer. This fills the believer with an inner motivation and strength to do what needs to be done for God. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit so that believers can be His witness. Being His witness also means living for Him, turning away from sin, while telling others about Him.

You may be just like most believers struggling with being willing to do God’s will in doing His work or in turning from sin. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to enter you and change your heart. Make God’s word an internal part of your heart to motivate you to follow Him with all of your being.

As you rely upon His Holy Spirit for direction and strength, God will do great and mighty things in and through you. This is because you will have a new heart that is an inner motivation. Let God be your new motivation to do what needs to be done.

I pray today that you will know God’s Spirit in your life; that you will allow God to change your heart; that you will obey God’s commands to you; and that you will love God as He loves you.