Summary: We all have heart trouble!
Matthew 15:19 “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders,
adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:”
Prov 27:19 As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.
Prov 15:13 A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the
spirit is broken.
Prov 15:28 The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, But the mouth of
the wicked pours out evil things.
Luke 6:45 "The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what
is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil;
for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.
Jeremiah 17:9-"The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?"
Jeremiah said that the heart was hopeless and incurable. What treatment is available? A heart transplant.
King David-His heart trouble
Even in David’s time when there where so few medical procedures available, he recognized that God was in the heart transplanting business.
In Psalms 51:10 after realizing his horrible state of sin, David said, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."
David knew his need to start over. He gives us a remarkable insight into God’s medical procedures.
The Hebrew word for ’Create’ that David used was ’bara’.
It is the same word that is used in Genesis 1:1 when God created the universe.
It literally means, "to take nothing and to make something".
Just like God took the blackness and the chaos and turned it into a wonderful universe,
He takes the blackness and chaos of a sin-stained heart and turns it into a wonderful, new creation.
HEART: Hearing in the Heart (Illustration)
In September 1993, with the Major League Baseball season nearing its end, the first—place Philadelphia Phillies visited the second-place Montreal Expos.
In the first game of the series, the home team Expos came to bat one inning trailing 7—4. Their first two batters reached base. The manager sent a pinch hitter to the plate, rookie Curtis Pride, who had never gotten a hit in the major leagues. Pride took his warm up swings, walked to the plate, and on the first pitch laced a double, scoring two runners.
The stadium thundered as 45,757 fans screamed their approval. The Expos third base coach called time, walked toward Pride, and told him to take off his batting helmet.
What’s wrong with my helmet? wondered the rookie. Then, realizing what his coach meant, Pride tipped his cap to the appreciative fans.
After the game, someone asked Pride if he could hear the cheering. This person wasn’t giving the rookie a hard time. Curtis Pride is 95 percent deaf.
“Here,” Pride said, pointing to his heart. “I could hear it here.”
Sometimes we hear things most strongly in our heart. Curtis Pride heard the fans’ approval in his heart.
It’s in our hearts that God wants us to know his approval of our faith in Jesus Christ. “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Rom. 8:16)
Do you hear what God is saying to your heart?