Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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Looking at Hearts

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer."
Psalm 19:14

From a sermon by Preacher Clark at Grandma's house in 1972.
Gary Savelli's Reel 4, cd-12, track 16

A dear old mother in Christ once testified in a home prayer meeting that the devil had tried to trick her that day by telling her a certain thing. Now, I and a few others who were there knew that what this precious old saint had heard was not from the devil at all, but that Jesus had spoken to her. What Jesus had told her was contrary to the doctrine she had been taught, and she thought it was the devil that had spoken to her.

In his sermon that Sunday afternoon at Grandma's house, Preacher Clark said, "I am glad that God is looking at hearts and not listening to testimonies when those testimonies and hearts are in conflict." It was in reference to this human frailty that Paul admitted, in Romans 8, that we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that the holy Ghost helps us by praying for us according to the will of God. What a precious gift from our heavenly Father! He knows that sometimes our well-intentioned words are contrary both to His will and to our real desires, and so, He sent us the holy Ghost to pray for us according to His will! God does not judge us as others would judge us, or even as we would judge ourselves. He is looking at what is in our hearts, and that is the prayer that He hears.

The Prayer

He had no lovely words to say,
And hurt, sincere, alone,
His eloquence was in his heart;
His language, here, unknown.

No audience would pay to hear
Those unpretentious cries,
That rose from depths of thirst for God
And flowed out through his eyes.

And human ears can only hear
The words men's lips impart,
They cannot see how God receives
The message from the heart.

We see the leaves; God sees the wind.
We see without; God sees within.
We know the words and deeds of men;
God knows what words and deeds intend.

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