Is our world going crazy?  If you have ever read the old testament, you will see that we aren’t that different from biblical times, but this all seems so foreign to us.    First, the COVID now all the protest.

When trying to get to the other side- the solution to the problem, the heart is the most significant factor.  It is ALWAYS THE HEART that presses us forward or holds us back.

The heart the organ that keeps us going.  If the condition of our heart is left unattended, we could have serious issues physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

The first thing you must figure out is this:  What is the condition of your heart?

Do you want a good heart, a healthy heart?  Do you want to prevent further heart damage?

Maybe it’s time for open-heart surgery to fix and mend your heart.

DIVE INTO SCRIPTURE

Matthew 5:8 blessed are the pure at heart for they shall see God.

The beatitudes are located in Matthew 5:3-12.  Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down.  His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.  One thing he told them was to be pure in heart.  These beatitudes explain how to be blessed, independent from outward circumstances to find hope and joy, and to follow Jesus.    They are a code of ethics; they contrast from the world, are true faith, and show how the old testament expectations will be filled in the new kingdom.

This is a lesson of how we must work from the inside out.  Yes, our outside may look impressive, but what is going on in the interior? Are your attitudes worldly, or do they reflect Jesus?

In an article, A Heart After Gods Heart, written by Steve Cole at bible.org (https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-1-heart-after-god-s-heart-1-samuel-16-and-17)  The article gives four steps to have a heart like God’s.  His writing is based on David and how God transformed David from a young shepherd boy to a king.

  • Must be committed
  • Must be spirit-filled
  • Must spend time alone with God
  • Must be obedient in small things

David was after God’s heart, and he took steps to get there.  To have a heart like God you must be spirit filled. In the Old Testament the Spirit of the Lord came upon certain people for them to be enabled to do certain tasks.  For example David.

1 Samuel 16:13 New International Version (NIV)

13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.

In the New Testament when Jesus ascending the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit.  This is known as Pentecost the gift of the Holy Spirit.  We can all have the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5:16-23 New International Version (NIV)

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[a]you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Do you want to change yourself, change your heart? Do you want to be filled with the Holy Spirit?

When looking at these four points, the point that we must be filled with the spirit lead me to our recent church sermons.  Our pastor Bryan Fink, at FUMC Stuttgart,  has been doing a sermon series on the Holy Spirit, and it has been one of my favorites.

Bryan said a few things that resonated with me:

  • Israel’s problem was a heart condition; they needed a heart transplant
  • One of the major roles of the Holy Spirit is to give people a heart for God
  • The Holy Spirit will meet us in a new way making a divine connection and changing our lives
  • When the Holy Spirit breaks into our lives we will excel in strength in a uniquely powerful way
  • The presence and the power of the Holy Spirit is a necessity
  • The Holy Spirit will transform you and make you a more satisfying Christian
  • When filled with the Holy Spirit we will be given love, grace, obedience, faithfulness, and joy

Are you ready to have a heart transplant?  Are you going to be filled with the Spirit? Are you prepared to keep stepping to the other side?

The song CHANGE MY HEART O GOD, written by Eddie Espinosa, was completed while he was driving down the road.  Eddie said he prayed to the Lord.  Eddie needed a change; he needed to be drawn away from what distracted him from God.  God needed to change his heart and that he did.

Start this week walking ever so closer to the other side singing these lyrics:

Change My Heart Oh God, Make It Ever True, Change My Heart Oh God May I Be Like YOU!

 CHALLENGES OF THE WEEK

  • Keep your daily appointment
  • Dive deep into the word
  • Invite the Holy Spirit in transforming you from the inside out and maybe even receiving a heart transplant
  • Fill your cup with Christ, it is only when we fill our cup with Christ that we can fill other cups