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What is the most important command that God has given us to follow?
Mark 12:28–31 CSB
28 One of the scribes approached. When he heard them debating and saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which command is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. 31 The second is, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.”
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Do you love God with all of your heart? Saul did not, even though he had every reason to.
1 Samuel 13:13–14 CSB
13 Samuel said to Saul, “You have been foolish. You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. It was at this time that the Lord would have permanently established your reign over Israel, 14 but now your reign will not endure. The Lord has found a man after his own heart, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over his people, because you have not done what the Lord commanded.”
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Even though God knows the future and does whatever He pleases, He still allows us free will. If Saul would have sought after God’s heart and served Him wholeheartedly, he would have been the ancestor of Jesus instead of David.
Our Actions do impact our, and other’s futures. God can achieve His ultimate goal, whether we obey Him or not, but our future is directly determined by our decisions to follow God or not.
Mark 12:30 CSB
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
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We must love God with all of our hearts.
1 Samuel 16:1–13 CSB
1 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long are you going to mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem because I have selected a king from his sons.” 2 Samuel asked, “How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me!” The Lord answered, “Take a young cow with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3 Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will let you know what you are to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate to you.” 4 Samuel did what the Lord directed and went to Bethlehem. When the elders of the town met him, they trembled and asked, “Do you come in peace?” 5 “In peace,” he replied. “I’ve come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and said, “Certainly the Lord’s anointed one is here before him.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or his stature because I have rejected him. Humans do not see what the Lord sees, for humans see what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart.” 8 Jesse called Abinadab and presented him to Samuel. “The Lord hasn’t chosen this one either,” Samuel said. 9 Then Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said, “The Lord hasn’t chosen this one either.” 10 After Jesse presented seven of his sons to him, Samuel told Jesse, “The Lord hasn’t chosen any of these.” 11 Samuel asked him, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” he answered, “but right now he’s tending the sheep.” Samuel told Jesse, “Send for him. We won’t sit down to eat until he gets here.” 12 So Jesse sent for him. He had beautiful eyes and a healthy, handsome appearance. Then the Lord said, “Anoint him, for he is the one.” 13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully on David from that day forward. Then Samuel set out and went to Ramah.
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next slide: back to verse 7
1 Samuel 16:7 CSB
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or his stature because I have rejected him. Humans do not see what the Lord sees, for humans see what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart.”
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God said that the heart is more important than physical ability, status, or anything else. God doesn’t desire the most qualified person by skill, but He desires Your heart to be devoted to Him.
This life presents no obstacles to God, only the devotion of our hearts matter. He can do anything He wants, with anyone He wants, and what He wants is our hearts.
Mark 12:30 CSB
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
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We must love God with all of our hearts.
David, Bathsheba, Uriah, — Nathan
As a result of his murder and adultery, he wrote this Psalm.
Psalm 51:1–19 CSB
1 Be gracious to me, God, according to your faithful love; according to your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion. 2 Completely wash away my guilt and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I am conscious of my rebellion, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you—you alone—I have sinned and done this evil in your sight. So you are right when you pass sentence; you are blameless when you judge. 5 Indeed, I was guilty when I was born; I was sinful when my mother conceived me. 6 Surely you desire integrity in the inner self, and you teach me wisdom deep within. 7 Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 9 Turn your face away from my sins and blot out all my guilt. 10 God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not banish me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore the joy of your salvation to me, and sustain me by giving me a willing spirit. 13 Then I will teach the rebellious your ways, and sinners will return to you. 14 Save me from the guilt of bloodshed, God— God of my salvation— and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. 15 Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it; you are not pleased with a burnt offering. 17 The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. You will not despise a broken and humbled heart, God. 18 In your good pleasure, cause Zion to prosper; build the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then you will delight in righteous sacrifices, whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.
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verse 10
Psalm 51:10 CSB
10 God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
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and verse 12
Psalm 51:12 CSB
12 Restore the joy of your salvation to me, and sustain me by giving me a willing spirit.
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David was convicted of his sins and his sinfulness, without hope unless God forgave him and changed him at the soul/spirit level. He didn’t just want to be forgiven, he wanted to be faithful.
We too, must come to God with David’s heart. Not just to be forgiven, but to be faithful, steadfast, and willing.
Mark 12:30 CSB
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
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We must love God with all of our hearts.
David was a very flawed and sinful man. But when he repented of his sins, he repented from his heart. He meant it. David didn’t just really want to be forgiven, he really wanted to change. He didn’t just really want to escape judgement and punishment, he really wanted to be faithful and willing to obey God. And so we must have a heart like David’s. Not just really wanting to be forgiven so that we don’t have to face the consequences of our sins, but really wanting to change and no longer sin.
Do you love God with all of your heart? Do you want to just be forgiven so that you won’t be punished for your sins, but still be allowed to keep living in sin against God? Or Do you want a new heart that is faithful to God. Do you desire to live a holy life before God, running away from sin instead of into it? Where is your heart? In love with God? Or in love with the world? Because He is in love with you. Are you in love with Him?
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