What’s in Your Heart?
Our associate minister, Mark Schmitz gave a very convicting sermon this week about the state of our hearts.
Our actions show what’s in our heart. And a human’s heart is naturally sinful. So we need to guard our hearts and to be in God’s Word (the resource He gave us to deal with everything.)
Jesus had this to say about our hearts:
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
His standard is not based on our regard to our outward appearance, but how our heart is.
Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Your heart focuses on what you value.
Matthew 12:33-35 "Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. 35The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him."
The mouth speaks out of the heart.
God tests us to see the condition of our heart. If we have a heart problem God will allow the same situation to keep coming around to give us a chance to get our root right. It will be a vicious circle until we react right and bear good fruit (the right reaction to the trial). First, go straight to God and His Word. Then honor Him with your actions. Trials give us a chance to turn to prayer and the Bible to change what needs to be changed in our life. To let the Word of God do the work in our heart. We must repent and be humble.
Remember God’s command, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind.”
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