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Topical Sermon – How God truly sees your heart.
Topical Sermon Audience – I belong to a very small congregation of about 10-20 men and women with about 5 children. Where I am a Minister in training.
Topical Sermon Content
Today we are going to talk about how God truly sees your heart. Do you have the love of God in your heart? Or are you going through religious practices thinking your impressing God. Let’s visit is your heart right with God? Or is your heart deceitful with God?
Jeremiah 17:9 the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
The heart is deceitful above all things: it deceives in the business of religion it makes a person believe that their holy and a righteous person. The heart will make him feel that he is already on his way to heaven when he is far from that. The heart will trick you in to becoming self-righteous; you will begin to compare your outward conduct with others.
Making you feel like you are a better religious person than they are, and that you are more holy in Gods eyes than they are because
1. I go to church every Sunday
2. I make bible study every week
3. I make prayer meeting every week
Not saying that these things are not important because they are, but if you are doing these things out of habit and not because God is in your heart and because you truly love God, you are mistaken and you have been deceived by your wicked heart with it wicked imaginations. Where is your heart with God? Why here today? Are you coming to church because you love God or are you here to see what sister Mary wore today? Or did you come to find yourself a nice christen woman or are you here because you love Jesus? Why are you here? Where is your heart with God?
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
1. Angels do not
2. Satan can not
3. The man that is still in the flesh does not know the plague of his own heart.
4. Only the spiritual man can know the things of his own heart, the plague of it the, the deceitfulness and wickedness of it. Even the spiritual man doesn’t know it all only God knows it all.
God is the only one who truly sees the heart and all of its wicked imaginations.
Proverbs 6:18 “An heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,”
The heart is either desperately wicked or pure. God will judge our hearts, not our deeds. These wicked imaginations here in this scripture are speaking of people who imagine evil things which will cause trouble for other people.
1. Osama bin Laden
2. Saddam Hussein
3. Adolf Hitler
These are all people with wicked imaginations. We also see in this scripture that an evil person is eager to get into all kinds of mischief. Their Feet are quick to run to mischief. Where are your feet running to? Are they quick to run to sinful things or are they quick to run after righteousness? Are they quick to go to a party where there will be drinking and ungodly music? Then your feet move real slowly when it comes to Sunday morning. Where are your feet running to? Are you running to the righteousness of God I know I am. How about you? When we choose to do these things our hearts get further and further form God?
Matthew 15:8 these people draw near to me with their mouth, and[a] honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
In this scripture Jesus Corrects the Pharisees and Ministers to Gentiles.
“And honoureth me with their lips”:
1. They called him to be their creator and there sustainer;
2. They made their boast of him, and of their knowledge of him,
3. as the one only living, and true God, and as the God of Israel;
4. They brought their sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving, even the fruit of their lips, unto him,
5. for their many peculiar mercies, privileges, and favors, as a nation, church, and people,
6. They did this with much seeming sincerity and affection.
“But their heart is far from me”: They had no true love to God, nor faith in him, nor fear of him; they were not at all concerned for his presence with them, or for communion with him, or for his honor and glory; their hearts were in the world, and after their covetousness; they made religion a tool to their secular purposes, supposing gain to be godliness; sought the applause of men, and contented themselves with bodily exercise
God does not want us to be like a robot going through all the formalism. He does not want us to talk a good belief in Him, but to truly believe way down deep in our hearts. As I have said so many times before, we must be in love with Jesus, not just obeying Him when it looks good. He wants our hearts to be stayed on Him. Where is your heart with God? Are you honoring God with your mouth as well as your heart or are you too proud to serve God.
Deuteronomy 8:14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
The spirit of pride in the heart will cause you to forget the Lord your God. You get so proud that you believe your way is better than Gods. You begin to believe that you do no sin because of the pride in your heart. You get so proud in the heart that you think you do not need forgiveness. We too like the children of Israel forget what God has done for us. God sent his only begotten son to die on the cross for our sins. Those sins that you are too proud to get on your hands and knees and ask forgiveness for. You have to let go of the pride in your heart and remember what God has done for you. Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Until you confess the name of the Lord Jesus Christ you will not see the kingdom. Is your heart truly with God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit? When God looks deep in your heart what is he seeing?
I want you to look back with me on how god truly sees the heart.
1. God sees the heart as desperately wicked.
Causing you to become self-righteous and believe that you are righteous in Gods eyes when you are far from that.
2. God sees the heart has wicked imaginations, that are quick to run to mischief
Are you quick to run to mischief and slow to worship God.
3. He sees your heart is far from him
Do you talk a good game for God but when you leave church on Sunday you won’t live by his word the rest of the week.
4. He sees your heart as becoming so proud that you forget about the lord.
You get so proud in the heart that you start to believe I got this, what do I need God for? I am doing fine, forgiveness for what; for your sins and my sins. God did not create a perfect man or women, pride sets in our hearts and we tend to forget that we are not perfect. Until you get down on your hands and knees and repent and call the name of Jesus you will not enter the kingdom Amen.