A HEART FOR SERVING GOD NOW
Someone once correctly stated "the community
is only as good as the families that live
in it and the families are only as good as
the church they attend."
In Ezekiel's time there were some who
attended church but failed to allow the
teaching and preaching of God's Word to do
its work in them.
Eze 33:31 And they come unto thee as the
people cometh, and they sit
before thee as my people, and
they hear thy words, but they
will not do them: for with their
mouth they shew much love, but
their heart goeth after their
The Lord illustrates this condition.
Matt 13:20‑21 20 But he that received the
seed into stony places, the
same is he that heareth the
word, and anon with joy
21 Yet hath he not root in
himself, but dureth for a
while: for when tribulation
or persecution ariseth because of the
word, by and by he is offended.
This is as seed falling on stony ground.
This illustrates a condition of the heart.
Why aren't we serving the way we should
Why are our news papers continually
We as a whole have a heart problem.
Because of this heart problem we are
vulnerable to Satan's attacks.
Lets use the Word of God this morning as a
doctor would use a stethoscope to check the
spiritual condition of our hearts.
I. WE ARE BORN WITH A REBELLIOUS HEART.
Rom 3:9‑10 9 What then? are we better than
they? No, in no wise: for we have before
proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they
are all under sin;
10 As it is written, There is none righteous,
no, not one:
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come
short of the glory of God;
Jer 5:23 But this people hath a revolting
and a rebellious heart; they are revolted
God brings circumstances into our lives
that will cause us to have a broken heart
or a hardened heart.
A. A Hard Heart
Ex 5‑14 Pharaoh had a hard heart.
1. Miracles were not noticed
Mark 6:52 For they considered not the
miracle of the loaves: for their
heart was hardened.
2. God's powerful Miracles are not
Mark 8:17 And when Jesus knew it, he
saith unto them, Why reason
ye, because ye have no bread?
perceive ye not yet, neither
understand? have ye your heart
3. There is unbelief
Mark 16:14 Afterward he appeared unto the
eleven as they sat at meat, and
upbraided them with their
unbelief and hardness of heart,
because they believed not them
which had seen him after he was
4. True belief and trust in God is
prevented by the hard heart.
John 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and
hardened their heart; that they
should not see with their eyes,
nor understand with their heart,
and be converted, and I should
B. The broken heart.
1. Brings one to realize he is needy.
Ps 109:22 For I am poor and needy, and my
heart is wounded within me.
2. Brings attention and healing
Ps 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart,
and bindeth up their wounds.
3. Brings conviction of sin and
realization of its judgment.
Jer 23:9‑12 9 Mine heart within me is
broken because of the prophets;
all my bones shake; I am like a
drunken man, and like a man
whom wine hath overcome,
because of the LORD, and
because of the words of his
10 For the land is full of
adulterers; for because of
swearing the land mourneth; the
pleasant places of the
wilderness are dried up, and
their course is evil, and their
force is not right.
11 For both prophet and priest
are profane; yea, in my house
have I found their wickedness,
saith the LORD.
12 Wherefore their way shall be
unto them as slippery ways in
the darkness: they shall be
driven on, and fall therein:
for I will bring evil upon
them, even the year of their
visitation, saith the LORD.
4. There is promise to the broken
Ps 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken
spirit: a broken and a contrite
heart, O God, thou wilt not
John 16:21‑22 21 A woman when she is in
travail hath sorrow, because
her hour is come: but as soon
as she is delivered of the
child, she remembereth no
more the anguish, for joy
that a man is born into the
22 And ye now therefore have
sorrow: but I will see you
again, and your heart shall
rejoice, and your joy no man
taketh from you.
II. A BROKEN HEART WILL PRODUCE A
1 Kings 8:46‑50 46 If they sin against
thee, (for there is no
man that sinneth not,)
and thou be angry with
them, and deliver them
to the enemy, so that
they carry them away
captives unto the land
of the enemy, far or
47 Yet if they shall
bethink themselves in
the land whither they
were carried captives,
and repent, and make
supplication unto thee
in the land of them that
carried them captives,
saying, We have sinned,
and have done
perversely, we have
48 And so return unto
thee with all their
heart, and with all
their soul, in the land
of their enemies, which
led them away captive,
and pray unto thee
toward their land, which
thou gavest unto their
fathers, the city which
thou hast chosen, and
the house which I have
built for thy name:
49 Then hear thou their
prayer and their
supplication in heaven
thy dwelling place, and
maintain their cause,
50 And forgive thy
people that have sinned
against thee, and all
wherein they have
thee, and give them
compassion before them
who carried them
captive, that they may
have compassion on them:
Repentance brings forgiveness.
Without repentance there is no hope of salvation.
Luke 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye
repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
III. A REPENTANT HEART GIVES WAY TO A NEW HEART.
Eze 18:31 Cast away from you all your
transgressions, whereby ye have
transgressed; and make you a new
heart and a new spirit: for why
will ye die, O house of Israel?
Eze 36:26‑27 26 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 an 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
A. Man is a trichotomy ‑ that is man is
made up of three parts.
Body ‑ physical structure
Soul ‑ Consciousness
Spirit ‑ Man's relationship to God
The difference between right and wrong.
B. our spirit is dead at birth it was
killed by Adam's sin
Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin
entered into the world, and death
by sin; and so death passed upon
all men, for that all have sinned:
Rom 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience
many were made sinners, so by the
obedience of one shall many be
C. The spirit is quickened (made alive)
by faith in Christ
Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were
dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins,
hath quickened us together with
Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Rom 4:17 (As it is written, I have made
thee a father of many nations,)
before him whom he believed, even
God, who quickeneth the dead, and
calleth those things which be not
as though they were.