Summary: Having a perfect heart goes beyond just doing the right thing or saying the right thing, or acting the right way. It is what God expects from us daily.
Title: A Perfect Heart
Intro: I am not perfect, no matter how much Heather thinks that I am, I am not perfect. No one is perfect Paul said that “there is none righteous no not one.” But that does not mean that we cannot stand before God with a perfect heart. It is what God expects of us. So, what is a “Perfect Heart”? Is it doing the right thing?
I. A Heart That Has Been Touched By God
1. God is in the business of touching people
A. When you have been touched you will be changed.
- Jacob wrestled with God until he was touched
- No longer was he “deceiver” But now he was Israel, “Prince of God”
- He was never the same.
B. When God touches your heart
- You will not be the same
- Your whole lifestyle will changed
- You will be God centered rather than self centered
- No longer “I” but “HIM”
- You will hunger for the things of God
- You will desire to be in God’s presence
- You will desire to please God
C. When God touches your heart FEAR is gone
- NO FEAR
- God fills us with strength and courage to walk through the fire and trust that He will see us through.
- David knew that sustaining courage when he wrote “yea though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will FEAR NO evil for thou art with me.”
- Fear is one of Satan’s most powerful weapons
- Wants to make us worry and fret but I know who loves me and I gave my life to Him and He touched my heart
ILL. In the days of war the Japanese policeman who had absolute power said that within three days everyone in a certain Formosan mountain village must come to the police station and swear that he would not be a Christian, or he would be tied hand and foot, and stones tied to him, and he would be thrown from the high bridge into the rushing river below. The Christians met at midnight to decide what to do. Some said, "We’ll have to give it up. We cannot be Christians now. He will surely kill us."
Then a young boy arose. "But don’t you remember that Jesus said not to be afraid of those who can only kill the body, but to be afraid of those who kill body and soul? If he kills us, it will only be our bodies. Our souls will go to be with Jesus." They all said, "That’s true." When the vote was taken, every hand was raised--all voted to die. Next day the policeman laughed cruelly, and said, "Tomorrow you die."
Now the policeman liked to fish, and waded out into the river. A rock or tree in the current struck his leg and broke it. While the mountain people were praying, a messenger rushed in, and said, "The man who was to kill you tomorrow has been drowned in the river." --Child Evangelism