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My Son, Give Me Your Heart (Prov. 23:26)

We live in a day when it is common to hear that someone had their heart broken because their beloved team lost a close game. Or perhaps someone fell out of love with someone and had their heart broken. Every week we can see episodes where people give their heart to a new lover in a TV dramatic series. Recently, Frank Gifford gave his heart to his mistress and had every detail splashed over the pages of a tabloid for the world to see infuriating his wife Kathy Lee Gifford. Whoever has oneís heart controls that person.

Which biblical characterís spiritual journey most resembles your own?
Davidó"I love the Lord, but Iíve failed him.": 48%
Estheró"So thatís why God put me here!": 13%
Jonahó"Iíve been known to run away from God.": 11%
Marthaó"Lord, look at all this work Iím doing!": 10%
Pauló"God blindsided me when I least expected it.": 7%
Jabezó"God has truly íexpanded my territory.í: 6%
The Rich Young Ruleró"Iíve got to give up what?": 3%
Peteró"Jesus? Who are you talking about?": 2%
Total number: 1,083

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However, the Lord wants us to give Him our heart as the one we love, worship and obey above all others. The heart is the seat of worship, commitment and affection. Whoever we give our heart to determines our primary allegiance. The following are some guidelines for giving your heart completely to the Lord:

Song: Take my heart Oh God. Make it ever new. Take my heart Oh God. Let me be like You. You are the Potter. I am the clay. Mold me and make me. This is what I pray.

1. PRAISE GOD FOR HIS ATTRIBUTES - Praise the Lord for His love, fulfillment and full satisfaction. David wrote, "In your presence is fullness of joy and in your right hand are pleasures forevermore." (Psa 16:9-11) The more we praise God for His grace, joy, and satisfying presence the more our heart will fall in love with Him.

2. GIVE THANKS - Thank God that He heals the brokenhearted and sets the captives free. (Isa 61:1,2) Make a list of all the many wonderful things God gives you: your redemption, love, forgiveness, faith, purpose, plans, provisions, prospects, protection, hope, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Be thankful for the good things you have the good things you have are for many just a dream. So be thankful for the good things that you have.

3. MEMORIZE AND MEDITATE - Hide Godís word in your heart. The Psalmist wrote, "How can a young man keep his way pure, by keeping it according to your word. Your word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against you." (Psa 119:9,11) Meditate on Godís word by memorizing it, reflect on it and apply it to your life in all ways.

4. GUARD YOUR HEART - Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of life. (Prov. 4:23) Learn to hate what is evil and cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love giving preference to one
Dr. John James
January 16, 2009
Excellent sermon