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Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor

HEART

February 12, 2006

What does the Bible say concerning matters of the heart?

BIBLE READING1 Samuel 16:1-13

KEY BIBLE VERSE: But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7niv)

1.) God’s primary concern is with the heart. Saul was tall and handsome; he was an impressive-looking man. Samuel may have been trying to find someone who looked like Saul to be Israel’s next king, but God warned him against judging by appearance alone. When people judge by outward appearance, they may overlook quality individuals who lack the particular physical qualities society currently admires. Appearance doesn’t reveal what people are really like or their true value.

Fortunately, God judges by faith and character, not appearances. And because only God can see on the inside, only he can accurately judge people. Most people spend hours each week maintaining their outward appearance; they should do even more to develop their inner character. While everyone can see your face, only you and God know what your heart really looks like. What steps are you taking to improve your heart’s attitude?

 

KEY BIBLE VERSE: Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10niv)

 

           2.) Our heart is unclean and in need of cleansing. Because we are born as sinners, 

 (Psa 51:5 NIV)  Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 

 our natural inclination is to please ourselves rather than God. David followed that inclination when he took another man’s wife. We also follow it when we sin in any way. Like David, we must ask God to cleanse us from within, 

 (Psa 51:7 NIV)  Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

clearing our hearts and spirits for new thoughts and desires. Right conduct can come only from a clean heart and spirit. Ask God to create a pure heart and spirit in you. 

 

KEY BIBLE VERSE: This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. (1 John 3:19-20niv) 

 

KEY BIBLE VERSE: (Rom 6:17 NIV) But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 

Our commitment to God should be wholehearted. To obey “with all your heart” means to give yourself fully to God, (Mat 22:37 NIV) Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 

 And yet so often our efforts to know and obey God’s commands can best be described as “halfhearted.” How do you rate your heart’s obedience? God wants to give you the power to obey him with all your heart. 

 

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