February 1, 2018

He Knows Our Heart!

Romans 2:15–16

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15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

In Context:

10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality. 12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. 17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God 18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 19 and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal?

He Knows Our Heart!



Bio | Kelsi Wolf

Hi! I'm Kelsi. I'm the daughter of the one true King, wife to Zachary, mother to Ellie, and a fighter in the battle against brain cancer. 

I am in awe of the Lord's grace. He used a tough season of infertility to reveal Himself to me and show me that sometimes He allows things He hates to bring us closer to Him. Without the hope He brings, it would be hard to rejoice in my current suffering! I am thankful to call Watermark Community Church my church home and blessed to have the chance to share this devotional with you.

Central Truth

No matter your walk of life or location, God's law is woven into the very fabric of your soul. 

Devotional | Romans 2:15–16

Reading through the first chapters of Romans and learning more about God's judgment isn't easy. It is a painful and clear reminder that we are all sinners and will be judged when He returns.

Some might...

Reading through the first chapters of Romans and learning more about God's judgment isn't easy. It is a painful and clear reminder that we are all sinners and will be judged when He returns.

Some might say "good" people do "good" things all the time without accepting Christ into their hearts. They may even say their conscience gets the best of them when they make a poor decision. What is that conscience they speak of? What is that little voice? What will God say knowing even though they heard that voice, they still chose the wrong path? 

If we know Him and have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us and still choose to stray, are we more guilty? I think Paul is showing us that if we know God and His laws, we are more guilty than those who do not know Him.

Each and every one of our responses to God's laws will become public knowledge on judgment day. I am thankful that God is just and that there is "no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1).

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Discussion Questions

1. If you have not accepted Christ as your Savior, would you say that there is something deep within you that echoes God's yes and no, right and wrong? Who/what do you think that is?

2. If you have come to accept Christ as your Savior, are you listening for the Holy Spirit to help guide you in your yes, no, right, and wrong?

3. How is your heart? God already knows, but share it with Him today. He wants to listen!

18 Comments available

Kelsi Wolf 10 months ago

Thank you all for your kind words and prayers!

Rachel Crow 10 months ago

Thank you, Kelsi, for sharing. It’s encouraging to see you still relying on God Even in hard times. You’re right, those who hear the word and choose to do nothing with it/choose not to respond are worse off than those who have never heard the Gospel.

Andi Guevara 10 months ago

I pray that I would tune into the Holy Spirit everyday so that I am careful to make the right decisions. I know that if I stop seeking the Lord on a daily basis, I am prone to wonder. Just as Robert Robinson wrote in his song. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,Prone to leave the God I love;Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,Seal it for Thy courts above. “With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!” Psalms 119:10

Andi Guevara 10 months ago

Kelsi, what a powerful testimony know that I will be praying for your well being. That you may continue to lean on the all powerful God. May He continue to strengthen you.

Lisa Olsen 10 months ago

Thank you so much Kelsi. I am sure I am not the only one who stopped to pray for you after reading your bio. What an encouragement and witness to see you walking out your faith, abiding in Him, through such difficult circumstances. What a powerful testimony! Q2–As a believer in Christ, I am asking the Holy Spirit to guide me. It never works well for me when I take the reins myself.

Alma Barber 10 months ago

Thank you for encouraging me with your faith and courage today Kelsi. Keep fighting the good fight. I too am SO thankful that there is now no condemnation in those who are in Christ Jesus. And SO thankful to be part of the "those."I realize that in my flesh dwells no good thing(Romans 7:18), if there is any good thing in me, it’s all because of Jesus. My heart is desperately wicked. But I don’t have to hide or pretend any longer. because He knows it…and loves me still. When God in His mercy, took my heart of stone, and replaced it with a heart of flesh, He, not only gave me the desire to do what is right, but the ability to carry it out (Romans 7:19-25) Without Him we can do nothing. The power for our Christian life, is Christ in us-The hope of glory.

Hudson Jobe 10 months ago

Thank you for the great devetional and your example in faithfully battling well and resting on God’s goodness. This is a great reminder that we have a sense of right/wrong within us but left to our own devices, we will justify/excuse/deny our bad actions. Praise God for giving us a roadmap and traveling partners to help us see more clearly.

Arch Tignor 10 months ago

God’s Word and God’s Law is our operating system. We are the computers of God’s creation. If Programmed incorrectly or affected by a virus, we malfunction, lock up and eventually cannot operate. The PC solution is to shut down, reformat, reload correct operating software, and reboot. This is much the same with humans. When we reach the end of our ways we are crushed on the rock of Jesus. Old processes and programming are destroyed and new operating systems and software are installed. We reboot a NEW CREATION. I love this analogy. We have to shut down, be wiped clean of everything that distorted our operating system, and be reconfigured with God’s operating system, according to his laws and his instructions. All old processes pass away and all processes become new.

Michael Scaman 10 months ago

Psalm 44:20-21 ESV If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, would not God discover this? For he knows the secrets of the heart.

Even the secret hidden longing of the heart are known and open to judgement

greg jones 10 months ago

Kelsi, when I hear a story like yours I can’t begin to understand what that’s like. When I hear in your story how you trust in who God is regardless of what brain cancer is, I see something about knowing God in this day that I never experience by just reading His word. Know that today.

Seeing His word in your story.

Shari Nederhoff 10 months ago

Sweet Kelsi. Thank you for sharing the Word today. Your personal story of battling brain cancer touched my heart. You are one fierce warrior. I am involved in the brain cancer community through Head for the Cure-North Texas! We host a 5K every year raising money for brain cancer research! Would love to have you join us! Check us out of Facebook! It’s an amazing community we have created! Praying for your journey.

Shari Nederhoff 10 months ago

Sweet Kelsi. Thank you for sharing the Word with us this morning. Your personal story of battling brain cancer touched my heart. Those battling are some

Michael Scaman 10 months ago

It seems mostly the actions of men were focused on before but here even the thoughts of men are under scrutiny in judgement. Jesus knows the heart of man and just as every idle word will be examined so will the thought of man, the thoughts and dreams of men being open to God.

We may not know the intentions of an action a person does and may not even understand our own motives but God does.

Christopher Hyland 10 months ago

Kelsi, thank you for sharing that. Praying for you. Amazing that God knows everything about us…all our secret depraved thoughts, all the evil we have ever done and wanted to do and yet loves us anyway. To be fully known and fully loved. What an amazing Savior

Hope Harris 10 months ago

Praying for you Kelsi. Understanding that God has written Eternity and His moral law on our hearts; gives me hope that Holy Spirit can and does work in the lives of people. Even when they suppress the truth and exchange it for a lie. I am living proof of God’s ability to reach someone who wrote him off in my 20’s and lived exactly how I wanted to. God reached this angry broken lesbian at 49.

Friends, God’s truth is present deep within a person, even when we can’t see it. I am encouraged to continue to build relationships and pray for my lost friends. “Speak the truth in love and God may be pleased to make the connection between what they know by nature, and what you tell them from the Word of God.” Piper

Sue Bohlin 10 months ago

Bless you, warrior princess! Praying for you in the battle today.

Today’s reading says God’s law (the moral law) is written on man’s heart. It’s one of the things that sets us apart from the rest of creation because we are made in His image. It’s also another piece of the evidence that we are all without excuse about God’s existence and our accountability to Him. I love how all the parts of scripture fit together!

Lindsey Driscoll 10 months ago

Kelsi, I am praying for you this morning as you courageously battle! Q3- great question about the condition of our heart. asking myself today what is written on your heart? Dr.Constable mentioned that our conscience is computer-like and accepts what we program into it. Praying that we program the truth of God’s word on our hearts today.

Hugh Stephenson 10 months ago

As a young boy I once asked my mom if God could see me when I hid under the table. I thought I could hide from Him but wanted to make sure. She told me the truth.

In the Episcopal liturgy, the Collect for Purity opening lines are “Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid:” All along I knew that He knew that He “judges the secrets of men”.

When an older friend heard my re:gen testimony he asked me why I would do that in front of 800+ people. I said, “So that never again may I pretend to be someone I am not”.

In 12 step we say, “You are as sick as your secrets”. I praise God for my healing by His unmerited favor.

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