Two Kings, two hearts, two tests with two very different outcomes;
What does it take to pass an “Open Heart Test?”
This month we will learn the answer to this life-changing question.
Last month we learned about King Asa, a powerful Ruler who once served God with his “Whole Heart.” However, the poisonous seeds of his mother’s demonic influence, the former Queen Maacah, were never removed from the soil of his heart. Therefore the moment pressure from the adversity of an impending attack from a neighboring King presented itself; he turned his back away from God!
Why?…… Because “The High Places” of rebellion, idolatry, and pride in his heart brought forth a harvest of destruction to his life! King Asa failed to understand that there was no amount of earthly money, favor, influence, or aid from another “earthly King” that could ever save him! Indeed, Like King Asa, we will all one day stand before “The King of Kings, and The Lord of Lords” and give an account for “the actions of our Heart.”
Be encouraged, my friend! This month we will learn from the life of another powerful King. One that God describes as “a man after My Own Heart, who will do all My Will and carry out My program fully.” Ref. Acts 13:22 (AMP) It is from the life of this Beloved King that we will learn how to pass an “Open Heart Test!”
The agonizing sound of his son’s painful cries forces him to turn away in guilt. The sight of his distraught wife, Bathsheba, desperately clutching their baby to her chest, causes King David to fall to his knees in absolute sorrow of heart. Sobbing uncontrollably, he begs God to forgive him and to let the child live!
Lying prostrate on the floor, unwilling to eat or drink, King David struggles through a painful self-evaluation:
Why didn’t I, as the King of Israel, lead my troops in battle? I should have gone before them!
Why didn’t I quickly turn away from Bathsheba when I saw her bathing from the rooftop?
How could I sleep with Bathsheba, another man’s wife, and have her husband killed to cover up an adulterous pregnancy?
How could I override my conscience and enlist the help of Joab, my trusted commander in the death of an innocent man?
How could I take Bathsheba and think that God would ignore this great evil and bless the fruit of our sin?
Why do I fear telling Bathsheba the truth behind Uriah’s death?
Perhaps the most important question of King David’s heart surfaces as he quiets his soul before The Lord,
WHEN DID I STOP FEARING YOU GOD AND BREAK FELLOWSHIP WITH YOU?
Suddenly, the excruciating pain of King David’s guilt pierces his soul once again as he remembers the reason for the recent visit of Nathan, the Prophet of God.
II Samuel 12:1-12 (AMP);
“And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came and said to him there were two men in a city, one rich and the other poor.” “The rich man had very many flocks and herds.” “But the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb which he had bought and brought up, and it grew up with him and his children. It ate of his own morsel, and drank from his own cup, lay in his bosom, and was like a daughter to him.” “Now a traveler came to the rich man, and to avoid taking one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the wayfaring man who had come to him, he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for his guest.” “Then, David’s anger; was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan. As the Lord lives, the man who has done this is a son [worthy] of death.” “He shall restore the lamb fourfold because he did this thing and had no pity.” “Then Nathan said to David. You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel; I anointed you King of Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul.” “And I gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added that much again.” “Why have you despised the commandment of The Lord, doing evil in His Sight? You have slain Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife. You have murdered him with the sword of the Ammonites.” “Now, therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because [you have not only despised My command but] you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.” “Thus says the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house, and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun,” “For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.”
Gasping for breath, King David is completely caught off guard by The Word of The Lord. Now with his sin exposed, the eyes and ears of King David’s heart are open wide with understanding. It is from this place of “complete soul surrender” that King David quickly repents to the man of God.
II Samuel 12:13 (AMP);
“And David said to Nathan I have sinned against The Lord. And Nathan said to David, The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.”
There is power and protection in “genuine repentance!”
What kind of power and protection?
The power and protection to “Eternally” keeps our soul in a place of safety and Redemption through The Most High God!
Think about it, my friend, because King David was genuinely repentant before The Lord for his sin, Nathan the prophet of God was released to speak words of safety and protection;
“The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.”
King David’s repenting led to forgiveness (the putting away of his sin) from the Most High God! This action of the Heart is why The Lord allowed him to live!
Glory To God! In this scripture, King David passes, “The Open Heart Test!”
What “Open Heart Test” did King David pass?
One that you and I must pass, my friend, if we are to live upright before God all the days of our life…
The “Open Heart Test” of a “Transparent Heart.”
What is a Transparent Heart?
A Transparent Heart is one of God’s most valued treasures and secret weapons in The Kingdom of Heaven!
Let’s read the definition of the word transparent from The Oxford Languages and The Merriam Webster Dictionary so that we can “See” together why God has placed such a “High Value” on a “Transparent Heart.”
Oxford Languages Dictionary:
TRANSPARENT = (Of a material or article) allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen.
Easy to perceive or detect.
Having thoughts, feelings, or motives, that are easily perceived.
Merriam Webster Dictionary:
TRANSPARENT= Fine or sheer enough to be seen through.
Free from pretense or deceit.
Easily-detected or seen through.
In essence, what God is saying to us is that He wants us to have a heart free from darkness. A transparent Heart that others can easily see through to “His Presence” within us. A transparent Heart “free from pretense or deceit.” When God See’s a heart like this, He knows that He can trust that individual with the Secret Plans and Purposes of His Heart! An individual that walks the earth with the Secret Plans and Purposes of God’s Heart leading their thoughts; will defeat the enemy no matter the attack! He or she becomes God’s Trusted and Beloved, “Secret Weapon!”
Can God trust you with the Plans and Purposes of His Heart?
You see, my friend, transparency of heart, develops an intimate walk with The Lord.
It is from this intimate walk with The Lord that childlike faith is born.
What does childlike faith have to do with living with a transparent heart?
Do you remember what it was like when you were a child, and you would be out playing with your friends? Sooner or later, someone would do something that they weren’t supposed to do, and someone in the group or perhaps it was you would say something like;
“You weren’t supposed to do that; I’m telling mom, dad, the teacher…..etc. on you!” The point that I’m making here is that our heart must remain in a place of “Total Transparency,” which is “Total Dependency” on God.
So that when we sin and miss the mark, we QUICKLY REPENT and “tell on ourselves before it’s too late!”
1st Corinthians 11:31 (AMP) shares this principle with us;
“For if we searchingly examined ourselves [detecting our shortcomings and recognizing our own condition], we should not be judged and penalty decreed [by the divine judgement].”
The transparency of King David’s heart to acknowledge his sin caused him to pass the “Open Heart Test.” However, he could not escape the repercussion of his sin. Nathan the prophet continues with The Word of The Lord;
II Samuel 12:14 (AMP);
“Nevertheless, because by this deed, you have utterly scorned The Lord and given great occasion to the enemies of The Lord to blaspheme, the child that is born to you shall surely die.”
The things that you and I birth out of sin and refuse to repent for will die!
We must be willing to live so transparently, so dependently on The Lord that He Can:
SPEAK TO US
EQUIP US…..AND ULTIMATELY PROMOTE US!
When we allow God access to our hearts in this manner, we will always receive “His Redemption,” no matter how hard we fall!
In II Samuel 12:24-25 (AMP). We celebrate The Power of God’s Love, Grace, Mercy, and Redemption in the lives of David and Bathsheba.
“David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and went to her and lay with her, and she bore a son, and she called his name Solomon. And The Lord loved [the child];” “He sent [a message] by the hand of Nathan the prophet, and [Nathan] called the boy’s [special] name Jedidiah [beloved of The Lord], because The Lord [Loved the child].”
With the birth of their second son Solomon, God blessed David and Bathsheba with the Plans, Purposes, and Desires of His Heart for the future of the nation of Israel. He gave them a “Dawn of a New Hope” for their lives!
The Good News, my friend, is that The Lord now calls you and me His Beloved! He is waiting for our childlike faith to receive all that He has kept for our lives.
Never forget that there is Redemption on the other side of your Repentance!
1st John 3:1 (TPT);
“Look with wonder at the depth; of the Father’s Marvelous Love that He has lavished on us! He has called us and made us His very own BELOVED children. The reason the world doesn’t recognize who we are is that they didn’t recognize Him.”
Living with a “Transparent Heart” before The Living God gives us His Grace, the grace and ability to…
“Be Strong and Live Free…….Boldly For Him!”
© 2020 Clare Matthews – Boldly For Him. “All Rights Reserved.”
Photo: Christian Buehner