Summary: Ten areas of discussion on how we need to be living from the heart: With a heart that’s been Purchased, Penetrated, Purified, Pardoned, Possessed, Persuaded, Practicing, Persuing, Passion and Prepared.
COVENANT COMMUNITY CHURCH
PASTOR: TERRY VAUGHAN
KJV Matthew 12:35
TITLE: LIVING FROM THE HEART
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Turn in your Bibles to Matthew 12:35 “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things; and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.”
We don’t do things quite like God does. We don’t observe things quite like the Lord does. We might look at people and see that they are doing some good things. And it’s possible that we can look at people and see them as bad, yet they can do good things. It’s also possible for people to be good and do bad things. According to the word of God that is not the case here where Jesus said “A good man out of the treasure of his heart bringeth forth good things and an evil man bringeth forth evil things.” God looks at things in two ways. He sees things in two ways. Let me give you a good example. When God looks upon our soul. Not our flesh or body or works but our soul. He sees us in one of two ways. He either sees us as being a born again child of God or he sees us as being lost without God in this world and dying and on our way to Hell. He sees us as saved or lost. In other words. When Christ looks at us he sees us as either being a good man or an evil man as it says in verse 35. Now you’ve read in the scripture where it says that man looketh on the outward appearance but God looketh upon the heart. We often times see peoples attitudes, their actions and it tells us a story of what kind of person they are. The Bible says we’ll know a tree by the fruit it bears.
Now God either sees us as doing good or doing evil and there is no in between. So I want to preach this morning on “Living from the heart.”
There’s a lot of people today that are living from their minds. They see a lot of things around them and a lot of things that are bad on television, maybe they see bad things in school and maybe even see bad things in peoples lives they are around. These kind of things reflect on what kind of life style we live. Often times we see these things and they begin to become a reality to us and they start affecting our lives and not in the right way but in the wrong way. We Shouldn’t go by things that are in our mind. The devil can put things in your mind. That’s why I believe people take their own lives. The devil puts things in their mind and tries to tell them that they are no good nothing, their nobody and worthless and nobody loves them and they end up taking their own lives because of what the devil has put in their mind. But I have news for you today. Everybody is good in the eyes of God. He loves everybody and cares for everybody and He would never tell you that you were worthless. Your worth meant so much to him that he sent his only begotten Son to die on a cross for you. He wants you to care for him.
NUMBER ONE: I want you to remember this…..You need to live your lives with a heart that is PURCHASED with the Salvation of God. 1 Corinthians 6:20 “For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
There are people scattered all over the world that don’t know Christ as their personal Savior. We preached a funeral yesterday of a good friend that went home to be with the Lord. I’m glad she had that assurance. She lived the kind of life where her heart had been purchased with the Salvation of God. When I stood over Ms Wilma yesterday I thought about the old beggar in the Bible. The beggar didn’t have anything , he laid there at the rich mans gate full of sores, the dogs came and licked upon him. To look at him you’d think he had nothing. But he had Jesus Christ as his Savior when he left this world and while we’re here we need to live a life with a heart that’s been purchased with the Salvation of God. So many people today have wild and crazy lifestyles. You see it everyday and even in the schools. I was talking to my daughter Stephanie about it. It’s sad that there are children being raised in drugs and alcohol. That doesn’t come from the heart but it comes from the head. It comes from their parents and how they are taught. But God is the best teacher. If we’re going to proclaim our Salvation then we need to live our Salvation. We need to live like we love the Lord and that we’re different.