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A Heart that God Can Bless

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Introduction
Coming to the dinner Empty handed.
Scripture

God blesses a heart in Relationship with His heart.

God always starts by looking at the heart.

Religion never replaces a love relationship with God.

God looks at your heart not your hands.
1 Samuel 16:7 ESV
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for their lack of relationship with God.
Matthew 15:8–9 ESV
8 “ ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; 9 in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”
They worship was in vain because they lacked a real relationship with God.

Religion turns into relationship with you give your whole heart to God.

Romans 10:9–10 ESV
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Romans 10:10 ESV
10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
God has first given his Son so that you can give your whole hart back to him.
Romans
God always gives first so that we have something to give back to him.
So that we don’t have to come to the table empty handed.

Relationship turn to love as we give our whole heart.

Mark 12:30 ESV
30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

God will not bless a divided Heart

When we love things more than God. God withholds his blessing.

God will put your heart to the test.
Luke 16:10–11 ESV
10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?
God gives to see if you will be faithful to give.
If we are not faithful why would he give us more.
Luke 16:13 ESV
13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

When we love things more than God we become robbers and thieves.

A double minded man receives nothing from the Lord.
We must return our heart to the Lord.
Malachi 3:7 ESV
7 From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’
Mal 3:
We must stop robbing from God blessing so that he will continue to bless.
Malachi 3:8–9 ESV
8 Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you.
Mal 3:
We can put God’s heart to the test.
Malachi 3:10 ESV
10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

God blesses a heart in partnership with him.

To Partner with God is to Trust Him with your whole heart

Proverbs 3:5–7 ESV
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
Proverbs 3:5–6 ESV
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Prov
Prov

To Partner with God is to Honor the Lord and not rob Him.

Proverbs 3:9–10 ESV
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
Proverbs 3:
Psalm 24:1 ESV
1 The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
When you become a partner with God you get the full support and strength of God.
God give strong support to those with a blameless heart.
When we partner with God we get all the support and strength of God.
2 Chronicles 16:9 ESV
9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.”
2 Chon 16:9
Conclusion
Is your heart in the right place with God?
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