A Spiritual Cardiogram
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” - (Psalm 139: 23, 24 NLT)
Jeremiah wrote that our heart is “… deceitful above all things…” He asked: “Who can know it?” Then he answered his own question by writing that only the Lord knows our heart. (Jeremiah 17: 9, 10)
Jesus described serious heart pathology when He taught: “For from within, out of a person’s heart come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness …” He then declared that all these evil things and more come from within our heart and not from outside influences. (Mark 7: 21, 22) Jesus agreed with the Proverb: “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
The Apostle Paul wrote: “When the Lord comes, He will … reveal our private motives.” Then we will receive praise, or the opposite. (1 Corinthians 4: 3-5)
Consider the amazing wisdom of David when he prayed his Psalm 139 prayer that I label A Spiritual Cardiogram. To paraphrase and summarize, David was asking God to take the lid off his mind and show Him the thoughts that should not be there. Then he asked God to take the lid off his heart and show him the motives that should not be there because he wanted to walk, looking up, with eternity in his perspective.
We should not wait until judgment to have a spiritual cardiogram any more than we would wait for a heart attack before having a medical cardiogram. We should ask God to take the lid off our thoughts and motives now while we can address the challenges we find there.
This newly revised paperback edition features reflections on 25 years in ministry by Dois Rosser. The book details the history and vision of ICM, the parent organization for the Mini Bible College, and the vehicle for distributing MBC to congregations around the world. Dois' story is an inspiration, encouraging Christians to give of their time and resources to experience the abundant power of God at work. Journey around the world with Dois and discover that you too can be a part of something bigger than yourself!