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We have a problem. I have a problem. You have a problem. What is it? It’s our heart. Now, I am not talking about the muscle in your body that pumps blood and is necessary for physical life. I’m talking about the inward part of our soul that is necessary for true life, spiritual life.
Our heart problem reveals itself when we find hope, love, acceptance and joy in all the wrong places. Our heart can really deceive us and leads us to places we thought we would never be, attitudes we don’t like and behaviors we never thought we would participate in.
What we love the most indicates what our hearts find their most hope in. If I love my job completely, my heart follows. If my kids, my heart follows. If my home, my heart follows. When our heart follows our affections we in a sense begin to give everything to what is most passionate in our heart. Our heart often can create idols in our lives that get our attention, time, effort and honor. This is not always a positive thing. Often our hearts create idols that are destructive. Our hearts follow what feels good and we all want to feel good so we follow our heart. If something makes me happy or feel good, then that’s what I will do. Our culture has embraced this mantra full force.
The problem is that most of us find money, sex, power, drugs, material possessions and relationships all fall short of true joy, hope, and love. Our hearts have deceived us and we find out that life is empty, troubled and hurtful.
There is hope. There is an answer to our heart issues. The answer: Jesus Christ. As believer’s in Jesus Christ, we want to honor God, We want our marriages to honor God, we want our children to avoid the mistakes we made and we want to be pure and holy in God’s sight. We all want revival in our hearts so that our desire would be to love God with everything we have and let our heart follow.
Our hope comes in Christ through a willingness to turn away from ourselves and toward God. Will you be willing to repent of a broken, idol making heart? Will you turn away from selfish desires and turn toward God?
I want to personally invite you to take part in an event that will help us think through these issues with our spouses, our teenagers and fellow believers. The Grant County Ministers Association is sponsoring an event that we are encouraging all believers to attend.
A Call To Purity weekend Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8 at Williamstown Baptist Church. For ages 13 and up. The cost is $10 registration and this includes book, refreshments, time of worship and speakers. Register at www.purelifeministries.org/williamstown.
Join us as God changes our lives, our hearts and our community.
(Darrell Morgan is the pastor of Williamstown Baptist Church. He can be reached at 859-824-4102.)