Wholehearted? (6-3)

Journey, New Year, Isaiah, Corner, New Chapter, Beginning, Dayton, Church of God, Pennsylvania, Sermon Series

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Luke 6:43-45, Mark 12:30-31

Today we are going to look at the heart. Not the blood pumping muscle, but rather, what the bible refers to as “heart,” that thing that drives us to be who we are and to do what we do.

Biblically & basically, the heart is at the center of what we do and why we do it.

We tell people to follow their heart, to put their heart into it, to do things wholeheartedly, not to be half-hearted.  What are we saying?

We talk about having a heart for God.  What we are saying is that we want God to direct what we do and even why we do it.

Wholehearted: with complete sincerity and commitment. (Google) 

What is your Heart Fruit? The demands of life, the everyday stress, unresolved conflict, disagreements, sickness, fear of the unknown, sorrow over loss, or even death have intruded into your personal space and you get bumped.  What will spill out of the cup in your hand when you are bumped into?  Water?  Coffee?  What will spill out of your heart when you get bumped in this life?

What is going to come out? Because those things are a recipe for disaster— unless you have Christ in your heart, unless you deal with life in His way.

If you are human and are not on your guard then things can get in your heart that should not be there.  

You can look all leafy and green like the fig tree Jesus cursed in Mark 10 and still have an unclean heart. Eventually what is inside, deep in, what makes you who you are, will get bumped out and people will see the evidence of what is in there, what kind of person you are.

Jesus used the analogy of a fruit tree to illustrate the point. Even before it bears fruit, an apple tree is an apple tree. When the storms come, and they will, pears won’t fall out of an apple tree when it gets shaken.   And a crabapple tree may look promising, but it only produces inedible fruit when it is shaken and bumped…

Jesus said your tongue speaks only what is in your heart. That thoughtless, rash, and evil words can only come from an unclean heart.

As believers, we must tame the tongue, the Holy Spirit in James 3 tells us about the tongue “the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by Hell.” We have not taken seriously what our Lord said about taming our tongues. He has made it a heart issue! Not only does a careless tongue destroy your witness, it also makes us face the fact that the heart is unclean.

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.  – Jeremiah 17:9                  

If you gossip, tell dirty jokes, run down other people, raise your voice and scream at family, if  vulgar or unclean words fall from your lips, then you must ask yourself: “What unclean, filthy stuff is still in there to cause me to speak this way?  Why do I utter such mean, careless words?  Why do I spread dissension? What unsanctified and impure strongholds still hold my heart?”

Jesus said in Matthew 12: “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. Jesus is saying, “If you are careless with your tongue—quarreling, complaining, murmuring, grumbling—you have a serious heart problem! Your heart is not right with God, and it goes very deep.”

If something unclean comes out of your lips – anger, bitterness, harsh words – then in that moment stop and cry out to God for forgiveness and ask Him to reveal the root of the problem, see if there is jealousy, envy, hurt, unforgiveness, or lust still in there. Ask Him to dig deep into your heart and cleanse it of bitterness, pride or whatever!  Repent!!!

Now is the time to replace the bad things in your cup with the good, to allow God to renew your mind, to give you a new way of thinking, new motiviation, new priorities—a new heart. 18 inches

New heart: We can cry out with David “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).

Fig tree in Luke 13

Let your heart be filled with Jesus, His words, His promises, His nature, His Very Spirit! Renew your mind, change your motivation, your priorities, allow the love of God to flow into all of your heart (Romans 5:5).

Focus on the Savior who loved you enough to leave heaven and endure earth so that you could one day leave earth and enjoy heaven.

Because you are going to get bumped in this World, the enemy of our souls is going to do all that he can to take your focus off of Christ and put it on something else. He is out to kill, steal, and destroy your life in Christ. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. We tend to prioritize what we treasure what we treasure becomes our focus. The enemy of our souls wants you to turn your heart to something else… because if you wholeheartedly  love God there is no room for him!

Hand out

Let what spills out of your heart be love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. The fruit of the Spirit…

I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. – Ezekiel 11

Digging Deeper

  • What Heart fruit spills out when you are shaken or bumped; Anger, bitterness, slander, or love, understanding, forgiveness?
  • Are you wholeheartedly loving God or does something or someone have your heart, your priority, in your life?
  • Where do you invest your time, money, and energy?

Further Reading: Jeremiah 17:8-10, Ezekiel 11:19-21, Matthew 12:33,37, 15:18-20, Mark 12:28-24, Luke 12:33-34, Romans 2:5, 5:5, 6:17, 10:10, 1 Corinthians 2:9, Ephesians 6:5-7, Hebrews 3:7-8, 12, 4:12, James 3:1-12, Psalm 51:1-10

 

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