Our Hearts and Our Services to God
Genesis 22: 9 -14
9 And they came to the place which God had told him of, and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand and took the knife to slay his son.11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.
Proverbs 4:23. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
There must be a connection between our hearts and services to God if they will be accepted.
The heart is the center of man’s activities although doctors today perform heart surgeries it does not change the heart of a man.
Jeremiah 17: 9-10. 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
The heart of man without God is deceitful. Joshua 7: 1-20
Genesis 6: 5. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
1 Samuel 16: 7 – But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
Men look at the flamboyant and many women have been deceived into marriage because they only look only at the outside. Many people have been lured into the wrong company because they only look on the outside.
“Man looks on the outward appearance but God looks at the heart (the inside).”
We must guard our hearts and ensure that evil does not enter for there are many things that are contesting to have a place in our hearts. When you go through your phone, so many things that are attractive come up but it takes a disciplined man not to fall to the things he sees.
Matthew 15: 19 – For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Before a man finds himself in bed with another woman, he has already committed it in his heart. it’s not an accident.
Before an armed robber goes out to rob, he has already planned and implemented it in his heart.
Out of the heart comes evil but also out of the heart comes good.
When a man proposes in his heart to do evil, he has already concluded on it.
If the devil is reigning in your heart, he leads you to evil but if God reigns in your heart he leads you to do good.
1 John 3:20 – For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
Keep your heart and mind with diligence. Prepare it for God to reign.
It took Abraham and Sarah several years (They prayed and fasted) that the promise of God will come to pass in their lives. Think about it… a child that came at the age of 90 for a woman and the man was about 100 years…
Still, God asked Abraham in Genesis 22:2 to take his only son whom he loved and sacrifice him. There is no record in the bible that Abraham discussed with his wife… He acted on God’s instruction without seeking the opinion of others or assuming it was the devil who spoke to him.
Christian people must learn to speak the kingdom language.
God read Abraham’s heart and saw that he was willing and ready to sacrifice his son, God sent an angel to stop him.
Genesis 22:12 – And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
If God were to look into our hearts, what will he find?
Psalm 51:10-12 – Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.11 Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy holy spirit from me.12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free spirit.
God followed Abraham up and began to address Abraham. He provided a ram for the sacrifice.
The Joy that heaven gave to you will jot be short-lived. God did not raise your hope to thwart it. God will always make a way for you.
God began to speak to Abraham through the angel and God blessed Abraham in Genesis 22:17. (That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;)
You can’t beat God to it!
The Christian life is a life of sharing. When you live only for yourself and your family, you have not known God. The Christian faith is not only to be believed but to be shared.
Whosoever you yield yourself to becomes the owner of your heart.
May you not tell a bad story in the name of Jesus.
Guard your heart, open it up to God. One thing is sure when God is in charge of your heart, you never lose. He will direct you.
Ezekiel 36: 26 – 27
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
2 Corinthians 8:12 – For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.
Romans 10:10 – For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.
Let your heart be a believing heart.
May your heart accommodate good things. May your heart is not the seat of Satan in Jesus name.