Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38)
Loving God with your whole heart is the key to everything in life. Your relationship with God affects everything and everyone in your life. It is impossible to love God too much; however, it is easy to fall short of loving Him with your whole heart. We are commanded to love God with our whole heart. Only when you are thankful to God with your whole heart do you really love Him with your whole heart. That means you must be thankful for everything in your life, past and present, good and bad. Thankfulness is a gauge that measures your heart condition; it reveals anything which is blocking your love for God. Thankfulness to God is an indication of a heart that has right standing before Him. Out of a thankful heart flow expressions of love to God, including praise, worship, and obedience. Only God can make us whole, which is why we must give our hearts completely to Him.
When we fail to love God with our whole heart, we leave ourselves vulnerable to the seduction of the enemy. What do I mean by that? See, satan only needs a piece of you, he doesn’t need all of you to destroy you. What happens when parts of our body stop functioning? We are left broken. What happens next becomes a domino effect, we slowly start to break beyond repair. This is exactly what the devil wants…to break us. We can not function properly if we are not whole.
Psalm 139:23-24 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” Sometimes we have things hidden so deep in our hearts, we don’t even know it’s there; unforgiveness, anger, bitterness, jealousy and any other spiritual condition that opens a door for Satan and closes the door to God. God cannot work his miracles in our lives if we do not submit our whole being to Him.
Whatever you’re facing, good and bad, Thank God! God says in everything give thanks for this is His will for you in Christ Jesus. If there is a part of your heart that is unthankful and therefore does not love God you may be preventing the Lord from moving on your behave. When you become thankful then that part of your heart loves God and the Lord can now make any circumstance into a testimony. As long as you hold on to pain, being unthankful, it can not work out for good because you do not love God with your whole heart… “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
God bless you today.
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.