My son give me your heart and let your eyes observe my ways
My son, give me your heart – This is the speech of God to every human soul; give your affections to God, so as to love him with all of your heart, soul, mind, & strength.
And let your eyes observe my ways – Be obedient to me in all things. My son, thou believest that I Am, and that I Am the Fountain of all good. Give me your heart; it is I alone who can make you happy. Follow me; do what is right in my sight.
This exhortation contains three words: Believe, Love & Obey. This is the sum of God’s counsels to every child of man.
Sin has no place in the life of a true believer. Should a believer fall or slip into sinful nature, he or she should carefully & prayerfully eradicate it; For sin ruins our communion with God & produces moral impairment and death ( spiritual & eternal death-1 John 5:18; Romans 6:23)
Earthly suffering (sickness, injury, natural disaster, betrayal, financial loss, loneliness, persecution, poverty, hunger, and death) is not an eternal reality. For our momentary light affliction is producing in us an eternal weight of glory (beyond all measure and proportion) Therefore lets boast about the strength of Christ working in us during our afflictions. For such afflictions produces the much needed fruit of endurance (the power of bearing an unpleasant and difficult process or situation without giving way) – Evg. Samuel Meesala
What does the scripture mean in the Gospel of John 14:14?
“Ask anything in my name and you shall have it”
Firstly let’s examine the proper context of what Jesus Christ meant by this portion of scripture. John 14:13 shows us the reason why Jesus made such a declaration. It was to only bring glory to the father in heaven. So the intent or end result of our asking should never bring glory to ourselves (pride or accomplishments) or to our sinful appetites but to bring glory & honor to God alone. Therefore before we ask, we should examine & discern our prayer requests. How will this bring glory to God? Am I asking for selfish reasons or for evil purposes? Am I asking for something unclean? Will God be pleased or glorified in this? James 4:3 declares
And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong–you want only what will give you pleasure.
Secondly, when we ask, we must ask & seek in his will (His holy purpose or predestined masterplan for us) 1 John 5:14 declares
This is the confidence we have in approaching God when we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
Our prayers must always be offered in submission to the will of God. Colossians 1:9 declares
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.
Romans 12:2 also declares
And do not be conformed to this world (any longer with its superficial values and customs) but be transformed and progressively changed (as you mature spiritually) by the renewing of your mind (focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes) so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect ( in His plan and purpose for you).
Finally, let us realize that prayer is a privilege that we all possess through the name of Jesus to talk to our eternal father in heaven. Let’s learn not to corrupt such a precious gift of communication with God. For when we ask, seek and knock the right way, He will surely answer!
“Let the word of Christ Jesus richly dwell in you”
How can His word richly dwell in us?
Firstly we must be willing, clean & empty on the inside to receive his word and precepts on life. An empty, open vessel he can surely fill but a vessel already full can never be filled.
Now in a large house, there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work
2 Timothy 2:20-21
And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins
This means that the word of man must no longer govern our thinking. Man’s opinions, judgments or comments must no longer affect us or change the course of our faith and joy.
Secondly, we must never allow our minds and hearts to be controlled by our negative experiences from the past.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come
2 Corinthians 5:17
This means that our very own opinion of ourselves mattes greatly. Never look down on yourself for you are indeed the created, restored work of God.
Thirdly let the opinion and mind of God govern you always. For in His eyes, you are blessed, redeemed, cleansed, sanctified, and powerful through His mighty Spirit that is always in work in you