Friday, September 26, 2014
Last week we discovered that all of us have spiritual heart problems. As the Prophet Jeremiah wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
While it is true everyone has spiritual heart problems it is not true that everyone realizes this fact. That’s why we need God’s help.
We also learned how, as human beings, we are quick to excuse our spiritual heart problems. We dismiss them because we’re convinced we’re just fine or because we don’t want to hear any bad news about ourselves. Some of us avoid our heart problems because we don’t want to change or don’t want others, including God, in our business. Others of us never address our heart problems because we don’t trust doctors, even Dr. Jesus, or because we’ve learned to blame everyone else for our issues in order to avoid personal responsibility.
I finished last week’s message by looking at Proverbs 4:23 where we’re told – “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”
I mentioned four things we can all do to keep our spiritual hearts healthy. First, ask God for help; second, quit making excuses for ourselves; third, monitor our words; fourth, judge our thoughts, emotions, desires and choices to make sure they are in line with the Word of God.
This coming Sunday we’re going to focus on the “enemy” of GUILT!
Guilt is something we’ve all felt and something the world tells us we should avoid and dismiss. But is that really true? I actually believe guilt can help us stay healthy and safe just like physical pain helps us stay healthy and safe. If we never felt physical pain we’d never know there was something wrong with our bodies. Guilt works the same way – it tells us something is wrong with our hearts.
I hope you can join us this Sunday as we continue our series, “Enemies of the Heart.” Don’t forget about breakfast at 8:30 AM and Community Groups at 9:00 AM.
See you Sunday,