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Minister Jabari Steward
By Minister Jabari StewardSaddleback Church
Have you ever given your heart to someone only to soon find yourself heartbroken?
Maybe you've listened to your heart, made a life changing decision, and ended up in the dire straits of disappointment, debt, or even depression.
Perhaps you might be struggling with a certain behavior that you know is contrary to God's will for your life, often times saying to yourself, "God knows my heart." The fact of the matter is that most of us are unaware that we are living with a critical heart condition.
When we make decisions based on what our heart is telling us we will soon find ourselves knee deep in disappointment and heartache. "The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse and corrupt and severely, mortally sick! Who can know it [perceive, understand, be acquainted with his own heart and mind]?" - Jeremiah 17:9 (AMP)
The Bible clearly tells us that it is impossible for man to be acquainted with his own heart. Our heart will deceive us every time. Instead of listening to our heart for advice, we should consider seeking God's wisdom and the counsel of others.
Now that we know man's heart is sick, we must also understand that, "every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood." Genesis 8:21 (NIV) The Bible tells us, "Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me." Psalm (51:5)
It is man's nature to say, do, and think the wrong thing, habitually. However, for the Christian, it is a sign of immaturity to habitually do the same sin, over and over, and attempt to rationalize it by saying, "God knows my heart."
Although the condition of the heart may seem incurable, there is hope. Our hope is found in Jesus. In His Sermon on The Mount, Christ teaches, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Matthew 5:3-4 (NIV) Christ is telling us that in order to live a life in right standing with God, we must do three things.
First, we must understand our spiritual condition in relationship to God. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23 (NIV) None of us can meet God's standard of righteousness. Sin has precluded us from a right standing relationship with God.
To be poor in spirit is to recognize that there is nothing we can do to bridge the chasm between ourselves and God. When we are cognizant of our spiritual condition, we must then acknowledge our spiritual bankruptcy. Without a right standing relationship with God, our lives have no purpose and we are destined for an eternity apart from His love.
Once we understand our spiritual condition and acknowledge our spiritual bankruptcy, we should respond with mourning and repentance. Mourning or godly sorrow is the emotional response to our spiritual condition. "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation." II Corinthians 7:10 (NIV). Salvation is the bridge that allows us to have a right standing relationship with God.
Therefore, we should not sin and rationalize it by saying, "God knows my heart." My sister, my brother, God does not want to know your heart. It is the condition of our heart that motivated Him to die for our sin.
Jesus wants to give you a new heart! His heart! Why not receive it? Ask the Lord to give you His heart.