LIVING IN GOD'S HEART (4)

(Message by Tanny Keng)

1. Living in God's heart 

a) Jesus taught that we are defiled by what comes out of our hearts. And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. 

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, “thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.  “All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” (Mark 7:20-23) 

b) Sin is a heart problem. The actions of sin happen when an evil desire in our heart conceives with a temptation from the outside. 

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (James 1:13-15)  

c) Sometimes people have hidden evil desires very deep in their heart and they lay dormant until an outside temptation revives them.  

d) Remember that Jesus said that the ruler of this world, Satan, had nothing in Him, (John 14:30). In other words there was nothing in Jesus’ heart that Satan could tempt Jesus into doing against the Father’s will. Temptation did come and it comes to people that have a perfect heart toward God, but the temptation does not have much appeal when there is nothing is a person’s heart to connect with the temptation.

e) The Lord is always looking for people whose hearts are perfect toward Him.  

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)   

f) This does not mean God is looking for perfect people; rather He is looking for people who are looking toward Him as their hope of a perfect heart.

g) God has the ability to change our heart and even give us a new heart that is perfect toward Him.  

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. (Ezekiel 36:26-27)


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