Summary: Who wants God to love them and act towards them halfheartedly, as an after thought. No we want Gods full attention and commitment to our well being. Well God wants doesn't want to an after thought in our lives either.
David made a statement in the word of God. He said my heart is fixed.
Psalms 57:7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
There are all kinds of heart conditions. There’s a broken heart. There’s a wounded heart. Then there are physical heart conditions that limit and restrict ones abilities and ones activities.
But David said my heart is fixed oh God my heart is fixed.
I want talk about heart conditions.
In particular I want to talk about one specific heart condition that I’ve been feeling in my spirit.
As I have been in prayer and seeking God and meditating on the word and seeking his heart and his mind for the service today I heard the Holy Spirit speak two words to me and I knew it was the message for this morning.
Those two words are. “Whole heart”.
Whole heart. I know there are a lot of ways a heart cannot be whole.
I know there such a thing as a broken heart. And I know a broken heart can come from many different situations. I know that you can experience a broken heart through loss. May be divorce, or maybe the loss of a loved one, the death of a spouse.
Or it could be the absence of a father or mother in your life.
I know that it happens to young and old. There’s no age limit on a broken heart.
And I’m so glad that I know there is one who can heal the heart and make it whole.
Jesus is a heart fixer. The Holy Spirit is the greatest surgeon in the universe, he can perform open heart surgery and never leave a scar.
But what I really felt the Holy Spirit was saying to me is that he is grieved over a heart condition in the Church today. And that condition is, “A divided heart” or we might even call it (half hearted ness).
Have you ever heard this phrase well I’ll do it but my hearts not in it? Or have you heard the phrase half hearted?
*How much heart do you put into your prayer time?
*How much heart do you put into your Bible reading and study?
*How much heart do you put in to your worship?
*How much heart do you put into your giving?
The sad truth is, that in many cases our lives are lived with less than a whole heart.
The truth is that God not only is not satisfied with less than our whole hearts. God demands our whole hearts.
To give God less than our whole hearts means that our hearts are divided. Which means we are holding out on God. Which means we are reserving something for ourselves that is actually not ours. Which means in essence that we are robbing God.
To give God less than a whole heart means that the part you don’t give him is open for business to anyone.
In other words, the part of your heart that is not yielded and surrendered to God is not filled with God and can be occupied by other things.
Which means that the part of your heart that is not filled with God and surrendered to God is not protected by God.
God can only protect what is his. He can only govern what is put in his control.
The Bible gives us several references to serving God with a whole heart.
2 Chronicles 15:15 and all of Judah rejoiced at the oath for they had sworn with all their heart, and served him with their whole desire, and he was found of them and the Lord gave them rest roundabout.
Psalms 91:1 I will praise the, oh Lord, with my whole heart, I will show forth all by marvelous works.
Psalms 119:10 with my whole heart have I sought thee, O let me not wander from thy Commandments.
Psalms 119:34 give me understanding, and I shall keep the law, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
Psalms 119:69 The proud have forged a lie against me, but I will keep the precepts with my whole heart.
Now I want you to look at the condition that we’re talking about, “the divided heart”.
Jeremiah 3:10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah have not turned unto me with her whole heart, but fiegnedly saith the Lord.
In first Kings 11:4 it says: For it came to pass when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods and his Heart was not perfect with the Lord his God as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashteroth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom abomination of the Ammonites.