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The Principles of Being a Man After God’s Own Heart

DevotionsThe Principles of Being a Man After God's Own Heart

Acts 13: 22, 23

♦️Is it possible to be a man after God’s own heart in the 21st Century? Let us follow David’s principles.

♦️King David made several big mistakes in his life. Yet he was called a man after God’s own heart and was mightily used by the Lord to lead the Israelites. What set him apart was the priority he placed on his relationship with the heavenly Father.

♦️David delighted in knowing God and sought Him earnestly. Writing, ‘My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land,` he declared that God’s love was better than life.

♦️He went on to pledge that he would praise the Lord all his days (Ps. 63:1, Ps. 63:3-4).

♦️David viewed life from a God-centered perspective. In his writings, he marveled at the Lord’s creative power in the world, relied on Him for protection and strength, and proclaimed allegiance.

♦️He also prayed fervently and frequently, lifting requests in the morning and expectantly awaiting a response (Ps. 5:3).

♦️At night he would continue communing with God (Ps. 63:6).

♦️Both actions, praying and meditating on God’s character, fueled his trust in the Lord. His faith sustained him throughout life: when he was a shepherd boy protecting sheep from attacks by wild animals, a young man defeating the giant Goliath, and the nation’s anointed leader escaping King Saul’s murderous plans. Whatever his circumstances, he sought the Lord and gave priority to their relationship.

♦️The Psalms reveal David’s desire to know the Lord and be known by Him. He sought God’s guidance through prayer and had a heart for Him.

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♦️Jesus invites us to draw near and spend time learning from Him (Matt. 11:28-29).

♦️ Have you made following Christ the priority of your life?

♦️You have been a Christian for sometime now, can God describe you as a man according to His own heart? This question is rhetoric and demands for self-spiritual examination.

♦️Many are in the Church today without principles, without character and without any plans to please God. Money, possession and fame become their gods and priorities.

♦️ Aim at being a man after God’s own heart because Christ’s Reappearing is imminent.

Shalom and Maranatha!

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