Summary: A sermon about how to have a heart for God.
A Heart For God
21 And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.(NKJV)
As the church, we need to know what it takes to have a heart for God. David was mentioned in the Bible as a man after God’s own heart. David was the only one mentioned, as a man after God’s own heart. Moses was the greatest leader Israel ever had, yet he wasn’t mentioned as a man after God’s own heart. Abraham was called a friend of God, but not a man after God’s own heart. John, whom Jesus gave his mother to, was not called a man after God’s own heart. What does it take to have a heart for God?
It Takes An Open Heart
Psalm 139: 23
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,And lead me in the way everlasting.(NKJV)
When is the last time you opened up to God and said search me?
The problem wit the church today is we run from God and not to God. We don’t want to feel the conviction of the God. Most people want a blood covering, and not a blood cleansing. They just want fire insurance form hell, but don’t want the cleansing that comes form the blood of Jesus.
12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (NKJV)
God already knows your heart, and he knows your intent also. Its just time to open up to Him.
8 Now therefore, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God, be careful to seek out all the commandments of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land, and leave it as an inheritance for your children after you forever.
9“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.(NKJV)
We Need A Believing Heart
We need to learn to trust in the Lord, in every area of our lives.(NKJV)
4 Trust in the Lord forever,
For in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength. (NKJV)
7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.(NKJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;