Heart Issues 2
The worst of all mockeries is a religion that leaves the heart unchanged: a religion that has everything but the love of Christ enshrined in the soul.
Hebrews 3:12: Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
We Need God*s Work On Our Hearts And Lives
Jeremiah 17:9: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Matthew 15:18: But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
God Wants To Work On Our Hearts And Lives
Acts 15:8: And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them (Gentiles) witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; (Jews) 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Psalms 51:10: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Isaiah 57:15: For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Jeremiah 32:39-40: And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: 40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.
His Finished Product
Matthew 5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
1 Timothy 1:5: Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
2 Timothy 2:22: Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
1 Peter 1:22: Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
Romans 5:5b: . . . the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Psalms 73:24: Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
Many individuals believe that they have received Jesus who have not. They have wanted a Jesus who would not or could not purify their heart or change their lives and behavior. They have wanted a false Jesus. They have preferred a Jesus who would let them be what they want to be rather than what He wants them to be and a Jesus who would let them do what they want to do rather than what He wants them to do. They have wanted a Jesus who is a band-aid rather than a spiritual heart surgeon and a life-changer.