10 August 2019


By John Ollis

We are very thankful that God has given us the sense of SIGHT, plus the other four senses, as life would surely be limiting, perhaps boring and definitely debilitating if we did not have our sight. I must say though that the ability to see is both a blessing and a potential curse. We must be very wise in regarding the things we look at, as looking at the wrong things can cause us to sin.

Equally, we often can also make wrong judgements and decisions simply by how we interpret what we see (with our natural eyes). In other words not everything we see is as it really is.

In my daily devotions I commence with CONFESSION & REPENTANCE and ask the Lord to search my heart, and I have a lengthy list that I mention before the Lord including IS THERE ANY MIXTURE IN MY MOTIVES & ATTITUDES? Externally everything can look good and spiritual in all we do for the Lord and in our serving in the church, so I ask myself 2 questions.

Is what I am doing, for the Lord’s glory or mine ?

Will it extend God’s kingdom or mine?

I think in my case I will have to continue to ask myself these questions until the Lord comes, BECAUSE I THINK I KNOW MY HEART.

We read an interesting story in 1 Samuel 16: where Samuel was sent by God to anoint a new king over Israel, and when the first son was presented to Samuel, the Lord very clearly spoke to him in verse 7 NKJV But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. Externally he may have looked the part, and God said you (humans) look on the outward appearance (and make your judgements & decisions) but I look on the heart.

Seven sons passed by Samuel, and none had God’s tick of approval, the only son who was missing was a youth called David who was out in the field looking after the sheep, Samuel called for him to come, and when he stood before Samuel, GOD SAID THIS IS THE ONE, and David was anointed the next king of Israel, I love verse 13 The Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. Holy Spirit anointing immediately followed the natural anointing. I love the Sweet Psalmist of Israel that became King over the nation, there is so much we can learn from his life.

We have often said in conversation over the years I am sure, “WELL THE LORD SURE KNOWS MY HEART!!!! The reality is God sure does know our heart and Jeremiah spells it out so well 17:9-10 NKJV“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.
King David sure knew the depravity of his heart and prayed in Psalm 51:10 NKJV Create in me a clean heart, O God, and create a steadfast spirit in me.
David knew he had to make a costly sacrifice regarding his heart and goes on and prays in verse 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a BORKEN and a contrite HEART, these O God you will not despise.
May our eyes NOT be controlled by our deceitful wicked heart, but let us seek to see as Jesus sees. Amen.