It does not make a difference how many people know us, because it is only God that really knows everything about us. God does not look at the facade we put on for other people; He knows when we are hurting deep down on the inside. God knows our true feelings and He knows what really can make us hurt, and really what makes us smile. God knows if we are true to the things we say we are going to do for Him, and God knows our hearts. The Scripture reminds us, search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. I encourage you today to ask God to search you, and to know your heart. There are times when you say you would serve God and do what He has asked you to do, but something has prevented you from doing it, God know deep in your heart you really were not going to do it any way. Ask God to do a check of your heart and find out where you really stand with Him. Ask God to try you, and see if you would really serve Him with everything in you. God knows your thoughts before you speak them. God knows your thoughts before you do. So many times you want God to change everyone else around you, but what God is really trying to do is change you. Daily you should ask God to search your heart and if there is anything not like Him in you, ask God to take it out and lead you to a place where you can spend eternity with Him. When you ask God to search and try you make sure you really mean what you are asking Him to do, because God will clean you up and deliver you from all things. Every day I want The Lord to search me and know my heart, and I want to do His will every day. Since I know that The Lord has searched me and knows my heart I have no doubt, "It's My Year To Get My Thing From My God!"
Lord every day of my life search me and try me and if there is anything in me not like you take it out of me and replace it with those things that will make me more like you. If this means I need to change then change me Lord, so you can use me, and if you search me and try me and I know I will become more like you. In Jesus Name Amen.
Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Pogue, Pastor
Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church
Mount Vernon, NY