FEATURE ARTICLE

Sunday, August 28, 2022
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SIGNS YOU ARE A MAN AFTER GOD’S HEART

After removing Saul, he made David their king.God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;he will do everything I want him to do.’ Acts 13:22

aul the man that had heavenly revelations and encounters gave us an insight as to who is a man after God’s heart when he described David as such a person.

So what are the characteristics or signs that David exhibited that qualified him, that if we also practice God can give us such a status.

Looking at the above scripture it started with “ after removing Saul” so we can imply that God removed Saul because even though he gave him the exalted position of the first king of Israel he was not after God’s heart. Saul refused to exalt God in his own heart and in the presence of God’s people by disobeying God. He was not willing to change he feared the people and justified what was not justifiable.A classical case was when he was told to go and eliminate the Amelekites and he obeyed partially which amounted from God’s perspective to total disobedience. (1 Sam 15:22-25) Saul gave himself a pass mark but God saw a failure . Paul compared him with David when he said “ he will do everything I want him to do”

These are the signs of people after God's heart from the life of David.

1. Total Obedience:They will obey God in totally.No matter the consequences.

Whether it makes sense or not, whether it will cost them a fortune or not , they don’t make excuses they simply obey. David made a practice of obeying God. He will ask God whether to do a thing or not. You can imagine armed robbers or bandits taking away your wife and you are asking God if you should go and rescue them? 1 Sam 30:1-8.

Refusing to kill your enemy because he is anointed of God! 1 Sam 24:8-22

2. Faith in God: We can always claim we are people of faith or we have faith in God. Most of us practice faith when it is convenient. When it is not risky to our life. When there is no challenge. David showed that he has faith in God when for 40 days and nights the entire army of Israel could not confront Goliath and he did it with childlike faith .“The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine."And Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the LORD be with you!’” 1 Sam 17:37. You are a man after God’s heart when you dare where others fear!

3. Loves God Word: (The law of God) David is credited for writing many of the 150 psalms in the Bible, . Writing at various and often troubling times in his life, David repeatedly mentioned how much he loved God’s perfect Word. We find a beautiful example of this when he said “For I delight in your commands because I love them. I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees.” Psalm 119:47-48.

It is not hard to see his complete adoration for God’s Word. Also notice how David “meditates” on God’s statutes. God granted David understanding and wisdom through daily meditation. Do you really read, study, meditate and apply God’s word to your life, love attending Bible Study , love fellowship with the brethren and prayer with a genuine heart and motive it is a sign you are a man/woman after God’s heart.

4. Repentance: David was not a perfect man just as you and I are not perfect as the scripture shows. Like a normal man he had physical attraction to the opposite sex, which led him to commit adultery, with Bathsheba, also married Abigail the widow of Nabal and plotted and murdered Uriah. But notice that when confronted by Nathan he repented as shown in Psalm 51. He never committed such sin again. Even when they gave him Abishag he ran away : “Then they searched throughout Israel for a beautiful young woman and found Abishag,(a Shunammite, and brought her to the king. 4 The woman was very beautiful; she took care of the king and waited on him, but the king had no sexual relations with her.” 1 King 1:3.

After giving your life to Christ you will be tempted daily in many ways, when you do your best to avoid those temptations and when you fall into any of those temptations and you commit sin and you repent and don’t make a practice of sin in your heart, actions, conversations, businesses and all dealings you are a man/woman after God’s heart.

5. Thanksgiving: A man after God's heart appreciates God in all things .Job lost all, children, all wealth and had physical sickness to top it. But he never sinned. “Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. 21 He said,”I came naked from my mother’s womb,and I will be naked when I leave.The Lord gave me what I had,and the Lord has taken it away.Praise the name of the Lord!”22 In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God” Job 1:20-22.

When you are not always “issuing query” to God for every discomfort- God why me? Why my spouse? Why my ministry? Why my business? Why my health? When you can at any point see the big picture and conclude that, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose .” Rom 8:28 You are a man after God’s heart. When you wake up and sing to God in the shower, when you are driving your car to work, you are making melody in your heart like David sang all those Psalms imagine the words he uses to praise God in Psalms 100, 103 etc you are a man after God’s heart.

Conclusion:David was a man after God’s own heart because he demonstrated his faith and was committed to following the Lord. Yes, his faith was tested on a grand scale, and he failed at times. But after his sin he sought and received the Lord’s forgiveness. In the final analysis, David loved God’s Law and sought to follow it.

David appreciated God in all situations! As a man after God’s own heart, David is a role model for all of us.It is not as difficult as you think to be a genuine Christian a man after God’s heart.God is willing to qualify you and I as such, if we are willing. The choice is always yours!

Shalom

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