Summary: How much of our heart do we have to give to God?
OUR WHOLE HEART
MK 12 VS 28-31
Mark 12:28-31 (NKJV)
28 Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, "Which is the first commandment of all?"
29 Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.
30 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment.
31 And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
*HOW MANY HERE LOVE THE LORD WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART??
EXAMINATION OF THE HEART
WHEN WE GET SAVED WE START OUT WITH THIS KIND OF HEART, BUT AS TIME GOES ON WE TEND TO LET THE ENEMY COME IN AND SOW DIFFERENT THINGS INTO OUR LIVES, WHEN THIS HAPPENS OUR HEART GETS MORE AND MORE FILLED WITH THINGS THAT SHOULDN’T BE THERE!
John 8:30-32 (NKJV)
30 As He spoke these words, many believed in Him.
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
DO YOU WANT TO WALK IN FREEDOM?
**PICTURE OF THE EMPTY “WHITE HEART”
Isaiah 1:18-20 (NKJV)
18 "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land;
20 But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword"; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
Ephesians 4:25-32 (NKJV)
25 Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another.
26 "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath,
27 nor give place to the devil.
28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.
**HERE WE GO, ARE YOU GUILTY OF:
A. LYING- THIS HAS TAKEN A PLACE IN YOUR HEART LEAVING LESS ROOM FOR GOD.
B. ARE YOU GUILTY OF SPEAKING OR LISTENING TO GOSSIP?? BOTH ARE EQUALLY BAD- DO YOU SEND IT DOWN THE CHAIN??
James 3:8-10 (NKJV)
8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
James 1:26 (NKJV)
26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless.