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Churches are opening up slowly.
More people are starting to be out (was at a picnic all day).
Let’s pray.
Over the last month, I’ve preached what’s known as a reaction:
A Child to a Son
The Cancel Culture
Understanding Reconciliation
When my family had learned of my dad’s cancer, our family, for a season, was in this reaction-mode. Everything revolved around it.
After a couple of months, despite my dad still fighting through cancer, the reaction subsided and we came back to being family; being normal.
This is extremely important — A group of organisms, like family, cannot be on reaction mode for a long period of time. It deteriorates the organism. It tired people.
Look at our country right now.
Therefore, tonight, we want to normalize/stabilize by stepping away from issues of society and talk about the issue of heart — Literally, let’s talk about our hearts.
Acts 13:22 ESV
22 And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’
There are three interpretations when we’re talking about heart in today’s context [provide pictures]:
Heart (organ)
Heart (an expression)
Heart (spiritual part of us where our emotions and desires dwell)
If heart is where our emotions and desires dwell, this means that God has a heart, too. He also has emotions and desires.
Hence, we see that David was a man after God’s heart.
The Bible teaches us that God blesses those who follow God’s heart.
1 Samuel 2:35 ESV
35 And I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in my heart and in my mind. And I will build him a sure house, and he shall go in and out before my anointed forever.
But what does it mean to follow God’s heart?
But the issue remains — Our hearts desire all everything but God (mostly).
Jeremiah 17:9 ESV
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
Mark 7:21–23 ESV
For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
You see, what makes Christianity so beautiful is that God desire to change of our hearts not simply our actions.
Do you think my wife would be happy if I simply stopped doing what she found annoying or wrong but feel bitter, angry, and think/feel the same way as before?
For God, He wants to get at the heart of us.
Hence, Jesus says, “You must be born again.” There needs to be a transformation of the heart.
Let’s look closely at the life of David. God says that he was man after my heart. How did David get to this place in life where God was so pleased with him?
David was an adulterer.
David was a murderer.
Four reasons why David was a man after God’s heart:
He was faithful (David & Goliath)
He loved God’s Law
He was thankful (despite his life being marked by many lows, he was grateful for every high moments).
He was truly repentant
This is what it means to follow God’s heart. To be faithful, to love His law (Word), to be thankful, and to be truly repentant.
It is in the midst of chaos that we rely on God.
Remember that verse? Be still and know that He is God?
In times like these, it’s easy to be swayed back and forth on what’s happening. Don’t forget your heart. Your heart needs to weigh heavy with God not things of this world.
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