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Summary: There are two types of hearts that we deal with as Christians, one that is carnal and one that is spiritual, one that is controlled by sin and the other that is controlled by the Savior.

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The Burning Heart

Griffith Baptist Church – 7/27/08

P.M. Service

Text: Psalm 39

Main Verse: Psalms 39:3 - My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,

The Introduction

The Consideration of a Closed Heart- 39:1-6

The Confession of an Open Heart- 39:7-11

The Call of a Receptive Heart- 39:12-13

Morris, the loudmouth mechanic, was removing the cylinder heads from the motor of a car when he spotted a famous heart surgeon who was standing off to the side, waiting for the service manager to come take a look at his Mercedes. Morris shouted across the garage, "Hey Doc! Is dat you? Come on ova’ here a minute." The famous surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to where Morris the mechanic was working on the car. Morris straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag, and asked argumentatively, "So, Mr. Fancy Doctor, look at dis here work. I ALSO open hearts, take valves out, grind ’em, put in new parts, and when I finish dis baby will purr like a kitten. So how come you get da big bucks, when you an’ me is doing basically da same work?" The surgeon leaned over and whispered to Morris the loudmouth mechanic, "Try doing it with the engine running."

This psalm is a psalm that speaks from the heart about the heart of a man sees his transgressions and honestly desires to have a right position with His God again.

There are two types of hearts that we deal with as Christians, one that is carnal and one that is spiritual

One that is controlled by sin and the other that is controlled by the Savior.

Transition Statement: Sometimes we are walking through this life with a heart burning with sinful tendencies

1. The Burning Heart of Sin - 8

A. The flame of hatred

i. There is no place for hatred in the Christian life. Christ changes us. A woman testified to the transformation in her life that had resulted through her experience in conversion. She declared, "I’m so glad I got religion. I have an uncle I used to hate so much I vowed I’d never go to his funeral. But now, why, I’d be happy to go to it any time."

ii. We are to hate what opposes God

a. Psalms 97:10 – Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. (Prov. 8:13)

b. This is not hatred of individuals, but a hatred of the sin they do

iii. Wrong hate is the character of the old sinful life

a. Titus 3:3 – For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. (see also Gal. 5:19-21)

b. Hatred of the brethren indicates a carnal life not walking with God - 1 John 2:9, 11 – 9He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. 11But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

iv. Love to enemies encouraged

a. Leviticus 19:17 – Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him.


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