My Heart—The Blameless HeartJanuary 26, 2020
Publish date: 01/26/2020
Foundations of My Faith — My Heart—The Blameless Heart
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. Ephesians 1:4 NKJV
My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:20-23 NKJV
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. 5 He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. Psalm 24:3-5 NKJV
1. Clean Heart.
a. In order to be received into God’s presence, each person needs to have clean hands and a pure heart.
b. King David desired a pure and clean heart.
c. Psalm 51:10 KJV — Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
d. Only God can give you a clean heart.
e. John 3:3 KJV — Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
f. When we accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, He gives us a brand-new heart and we are born again.
g. 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV — Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2. From the Inside Out.
a. Sin is a heart problem.
b. Jesus told us that the things that corrupt or defile a person don’t come from the outside; they come from the inside.
c. Mark 7:15 NKJV — There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man.
d. Sin is not merely an external action—it originates in the heart.
e. Mark 7:20-23 NKJV — And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”
f. Matthew 5:27-28 NKJV — “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
g. A tree is known by its fruit.
h. Matthew 12:33-35 NKJV — “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.”
i. Whatever is in the heart of a person will come out in their words and in their actions.
3. Love God with All Your Heart.
a. It is a matter of priorities.
b. Mark 12:30-31 KJV — And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
c. God needs to be your chief treasure and the love of your life.
d. Matthew 6:21 KJV — For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
e. Luke 16:13 NKJV — “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
f. Your heart’s desire should be only to honor and please the Lord.
g. Matthew 15:7-8 AMPC — You pretenders (hypocrites)! Admirably and truly did Isaiah prophesy of you when he said: 8 These people draw near Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts hold off and are far away from Me.
h. Love God from your heart—not merely with lip service.
4. The Issues of Life.
a. You are the keeper and guardian of your heart, so diligently guard your heart.
b. Proverbs 21:2 NKJV — Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts.
c. Don’t allow anything into your heart that can contaminate your life.
d. Psalm 19:14 NKJV — Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
e. Fill yourself up with the Word and the presence of God.
f. Psalm 119:11 KJV — Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
g. Renew your mind with the washing of the water of the Word of God.
h. Romans 12:2 KJV — And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
i. Bring your thought-life into subjection to the Word of God.
j. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 KJV — (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
k. Think on these things.
l. Philippians 4:8 KJV — Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.