The Lord Looks On The Heart
Sermon Date: February 24, 2019
Pastor Boyd preached a message out of 1 Samuel 16:7 & Jeremiah 17:9-10 titled The Lord Looks On The Heart.
The heart is affected by what it contains. That is why we must guard our hearts and minds (Matt. 12:34-35).
God's primary concern is with the heart. Saul was disobedient. He did not kill everyone like he was instructed. He spared some, and took some riches for himself. God was angry with him. God always has a ram in the bush. God chose David as king. We as people have a tendency to judge people for what we see, and not what is in heart. David's father did not think much of him because he did not mention him as one of his son's. David was not even invited to the sacrifice. He was not important in his father's eyes. David had a heart beat for God and His people. God's primary concern is for the heart because if the heart is right everything else falls into place.
Our heart is unclean and in need of cleansing (Psalm 51). Right Conduct can only come from a clean heart and spirit. God knows our motives and why we do what we do.
Our heart needs to be subject to God's Word. Some people feel guilty because we are not loving others as we should. Therefore, having a humble and submissive heart is a choice we make. So we can choose to have a heart for God or not (James 4:7).
A heart focused on God will experience great power in prayer. When we pray, the devil tries to hinder our prayers. However, if our hearts are right, God will make sure that our prayers get through (Daniel 10:12). There is power in prayer.
Good is the enemy of great. We have settled for good when we can be great. God has placed so much inside us, but sometimes we just don't realize it. God is concerned with our heart and how we treat people.