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For today’s Bible Study, we have discussed the inspirational verse of David from the book of Psalms:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.  
(Psalms 139: 23-24)

Most of the time, because of too many distractions in this crazy world, we do not see the darkness in our hearts. As Christians, if we look closely to our innermost thoughts and desires, we will see how we have been molded by the world to adapt to sinful ways.

We are reminded once more of how we should be living rightfully in the eyes of God. We should ask the Lord to search, try and reveal all our wicked ways in our hearts and lead us to the right path. We will never be better servants if we will always be restricted by our heartless intentions.

Here are three ways on how to prove that you are ready to change for the Lord.

1. Be ready to ask

Search me, O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

It may be very difficult to comprehend this, but beyond our fears and doubts, God knows us best. All the things we think of at night before we go to sleep, are heard by Him. Sometimes, because of our negligence on communicating everything to Him, we suffer from the pain of carrying all our problems and burdens.

We should remember that God will always acknowledge us whenever we communicate with Him. As long as we talk to Him through prayers, He will listen to us. If we really want to be true disciples, we should be willing to ask what needs to be changed. No matter how many times we ask for other people’s advice, if we do not seek for the One who knows us best, then we will always feel that emptiness all through out our lives.

2. Ready to know

How many times have we passed or failed a test and never bothered asking what questions we failed in? We should always improve on ourselves by knowing the things which lead us to committing mistakes.

As a writer, I know that there are still a lot of areas for me to improve on. I may not be the best there is, but I am willing to learn from my mentors and I am more than willing to know what stops me from writing creatively.

We should not be afraid of knowing, because it will be a way for us to improve on ourselves. Not everyone is out there to attack us for our mistakes. As long as we strive on changing for the better, and aiming for the right path, we will never be lost.

3. Ready to follow

Lead me along the path of everlasting life.

After asking and knowing our flaws, we should be ready to take action. This may be the most challenging part, but as long as we continue to learn how to lift up everything to the Lord, we will never be afraid of failure. We are allowed to commit mistakes, but we should also learn how to change them.

Just a year ago, a friend of mine was having problems with his girlfriend. He was asking for my advice because they always resort to breaking up without talking about matters within their relationship. He told me that the problem with his girlfriend is that she always nags and demands. I told him that the first step should be communication. He should ask her what makes her jealous and demanding and see from there what can be done. I told him that he should also be willing to listen because sometimes, break ups happen because most people prefer to listen to argue instead of listening to understand. I then told my friend that everything will be useless if he won’t take the initiative to take action for everything.

Here are the things that God wants our lives to have.

a. Humility

Philippians 2:5-6
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.

Humility is not thinking of others more, but rather thinking of yourself less. You should always be grounded on your morals and beliefs. Do not boast about your accomplishments, because in the eyes of the Lord, we are all the same.

b. Service

Philippians 2:7
But made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

In our world, the lower class people serve the higher class. You can see it in two ways: as a sacrifice or as a privilege. If you have the utmost joy in giving service to others, then it is innate in you to serve with a happy heart. But if you find serving as a burden, then you do not see the beauty in service.

c. Unpopularity

Philippians 2: 13-14
You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

Do not ever feel superior above others, because on the judgment day, we will not be assessed according to our popularity and wealth, but according to our good works and faith in Him.

d. Forgiveness

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ the Lord forgave you. Even if it hurts, forgive. Even if it is the last thing you would do, forgive.

e. Surrender

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus told his disciples, If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.’

Always lift up your burdens to the Lord; all your worries, fears, priorities, innermost desires, career, vices, rights and claims, a hobby that gets in the way or your pride. Ask the Lord to cleanse your heart and be in control of your life.