Good morning! Grace and Peace to you in abundance from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Today we are going to test ourselves with God's definition of fully or perfect.
NIV 2 Chronicles 16v9 For the eyes of the LORD range through the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war. KJV For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro through the whole earth, to she himself strong in the behalf of them who heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly; therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
We know from our natural selves, our human natural spirit we can never be fully committed to Him in our hearts, nor can our hearts be in perfect relationship with Him. Through Jesus Christ we can, because He is in perfect relationship with the Father and His heart is fully devoted to Him. He gave His Son to us so we could receive Him for forgiveness of our sins and washed clean to be able to have a perfect relationship with our Father. Through the Holy Spirit and pleasing Him we to can be fully devoted and be in a perfect heart relationship with Him, He can keep us from falling by His love guarding our hearts, or making foolish mistakes if we are fully devoted in faith to Him making us who God planned us to be in their image as their relationship as Son and Father. If we do make a foolish mistake and allow faith in something or someone else above Him we have a forgiving Father if our hearts are fully committed to Him, our hearts will be wounded, this will be shown in how react to our sin with a humble heart knowing we messed up and ask Him for forgiveness, we will receive more of His grace and peace not to disappoint Him more in the future. Another part of this story God is sharing with us, is the spirit of pride when God's speaks through someone else on our behalf and our reaction to them. Hanani was the seer or the prophet God used to send to Asa to tell Him he had put His faith in someone else besides God and his plan failed, and therefore he fell from God's grace. This happened in Asa's thiry-sixth year of reign. I believe God would have forgiven Asa if He asked with a full heart devoted to Him or kept His heart in perfect relationship with Him and begged the seer to tell Him how sorry He was in disappointing Him and tried to make their relationship right by repenting with a heavy heart. We will never know the answer but we do know our God is merciful and loving, and wants us to repent. What we do know is Asa was so hurt in pride that He was so angry that Hanani would say these truths to Him that He put Him in prison and at the same time He took His anger out on some of the people. Three years later He was still mad and when he was afflicted with a disease in his feet although it was very severe, he still did not show faith in the Lord and call on Him for help, he only got help from the physicians. Then in the forty-first year he died. So five years had gone by since he relied on someone else besides the Lord for His provision. If He was fully devoted in faith to the Lord he would have never made this foolish mistake, but when He did, He still did not repent, His pride took over and turned into anger, he died without any comfort or strength from the Lord so therefore He was not healed physically or spiritually. This is a sad story but one to learn a great deal from. Is your heart fully devoted to the Lord because you have faith in His Holy Spirit guiding your heart and filling it up with His love daily for you, you will know when you make a foolish mistake if you are fully devoted to Him and you will know to repent because your will be broken, and He will give you forgiveness that will restore you heart in a perfect relationship to Him. If God loves you enough to speak through someone else on your behalf and tells you a truth that you are not being fully devoted to God and putting your faith in yourself, the world, or Satan's lies, listen to them and thank God for sending them to you so you can humble yourself to the Lord, repent and receive your perfect relationship back with Him. Read 2 Chronicles 16