Summary: How much of our heart do we have to give to God?
OUR WHOLE HEART II
Matthew 22:34-40 (NKJV)
34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.
35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying,
36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"
37 Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'
40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."
**LAST WEEK WE DISCUSSED THE OUTWARD SINS THAT THE ENEMY OFTEN SOWS IN OUR HEARTS THAT CAUSE US TO NOT BE ABLE TO GIVE GOD AS MUCH OF OUR HEART AS WE CAN, THIS WEEK I WANT TO TALK ON THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUM—THE EMOTIONAL THINGS THAT THE ENEMY SOWS INTO OUR HEARTS THAT CAN CAUSE OUR HEARTS TO BE FILLED WITH IN PLACE OF GOD!
Matthew 13:3-9 (NKJV)
3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: "Behold, a sower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.
5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.
6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.
8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
1. WORRY- OH HOW THE CARES OF THIS LIFE OFTEN ROB US OF THE JOYS THAT GOD IS WANTING TO GIVE TO US, IF WE COULD ONLY SEE OURSELVES THROUGH GOD’S EYES, THE WORRIES OF THIS LIFE WOULD SIMPLY EVAPORATE LIKE THE STEAM COMING OFF OF HOT WATER:
Matthew 6:25-34 (NKJV)
25 "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
**SOME OF US ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE ELECTION THAT IS COMING UP ON TUESDAY** I DECLARE UNTO YOU THAT WORRY ISN’T GOING TO DO ANYTHING TO CHANGE THE ELECTION, IT IS OUR DUTY TO VOTE! WE THEN NEED TO JUST TRUST JESUS TO TAKE CARE OF THE REST!!
2. FRUSTRATION & DISAPPOINTMENT- THESE ALONG WITH WORRY ARE NATURAL TO COME INTO OUR LIVES, BUT BECAUSE WE ARE REDEEMED AND HAVE A LOVING SAVIOR, WE DO NOT NEED TO ALLOW THESE EMOTIONS TO DOMINATE OUR LIVES AND CHARACTERIZE WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST:
Psalm 142:1-7 (NKJV)
1 I cry out to the LORD with my voice; With my voice to the LORD I make my supplication.
2 I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.
3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk They have secretly set a snare for me.
4 Look on my right hand and see, For there is no one who acknowledges me; Refuge has failed me; No one cares for my soul.
5 I cried out to You, O LORD: I said, "You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.