RENEWING THE HEART

 

Eph 4:23

23    And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 

 

Col 3:10

10    And have put on the new man, which

is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 

 

If we would please God we must make frequent evaluations

of our heart to see if we are pleasing in God’s sight.

 

Are we burning for Jesus?

Are we accomplishing the purpose for which God created us?

 

When was the last time you led a soul to Christ or

had a visitor in church?

 

Are you giving to the extent that God can bless you?

 

Is there room for spiritual growth in our life?

 

We must renew our hearts.

 

I. HINDRANCES TO RENEWING

 

A. Deceitfulness of the heart

 

Jer 17:9

9      The heart is deceitful above all things, and

desperately wicked: who can know it? 

 

B. Do not prepare

 

2 Chr 12:14

14    And he did evil, because he prepared

not his heart to seek the LORD. 

 

Prov 11:20

20    They that are of a froward heart are abomination

to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight. 

 

Heb 3:10

10    Wherefore I was grieved with that generation,

and said, They do alway err in their heart;

and they have not known my ways. 

 

C. Do Not See

 

Eph 4:18

18    Having the understanding darkened, being

alienated from the life of God through the ignorance

that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 

 

D. Double Heart

 

Trying to please God but hold on to the world

at the same time.

 

Ps 12:2

2      They speak vanity every one with his neighbour:

with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. 

 

James 1:6

6      But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.

For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea

driven with the wind and tossed. 

 

James 1:8

8      A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. 

 

E. Denying Hard Heart

 

Mark 6:52

52    For they considered not the miracle of the loaves:

for their heart was hardened. 

 

Mark 10:5

5      And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the

hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. 

 

Mark 16:14

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 risen. 

 

Sometimes pride causes us to harden our hearts. We believe we are r

ight and we will not change. Or we believe we are above change.

 

Jer 49:16

16    Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of

thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock,

that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest

make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down

from thence, saith the LORD. 

 

F. Desiring fleshly pleasure

 

Rom 8:7

7      Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:

for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed

can be. 

 

The carnal mind is enmity against God.

We cannot please God when we are against Him.

 

II. HELPS TO RENEWING

 

A. Regeneration  - must

 

John 3:3

3      Jesus answered and said unto him,

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man

be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 

 

John 3:7

7      Marvel not that I said unto thee,

Ye must be born again. 

 

B. Review God’s dealings

 

God in His mercy is reaching out to us

 

Jer 20:9

9      Then I said, I will not make mention

of him, nor speak any more in his name.

But his word was in mine heart as a burning

fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary

with forbearing, and I could not stay. 

 

Prov 16:1

1      The preparations of the heart in man,

and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD. 

1 Thes 3:13

13    To the end he may stablish your hearts

unblameable in holiness before God, even our

Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ

with all his saints. 

 

C. Resist Temptation in the tests

 

1 Chr 29:17

17    I know also, my God, that thou triest the

heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness.

As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart

I have willingly offered all these things: and

now have I seen with joy thy people, which

are present here, to offer willingly unto thee. 

 

Ps 7:9

9      Oh let the wickedness of the wicked

come to an end; but establish the just: for

the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. 

 

Ps 26:2

2      Examine me, O LORD, and prove me;

try my reins and my heart. 

 

Pro 17:3

3      The fining pot is for silver, and the

furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts. 

 

1 Thes 2:4

4      But as we were allowed of God to be put in

trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as

pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 

 

Heb 11:17

17    By faith Abraham, when he was tried,

offered up Isaac: and he that had received

the promises offered up his only begotten son, 

 

D. Render Obedience to God

 

Deut 10:12

12    And now, Israel, what doth the

LORD thy God require of thee, but to

fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all

his ways, and to love him, and to serve

the LORD thy God with all thy heart

and with all thy soul, 

 

Eph 6:6

6      Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers;

but as the servants of Christ, doing the will

of God from the heart; 

 

Ps 119:12

12    Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. 

 

E. Remain Faithful to God

 

Ps 112:7

7      He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. 

 

Pro 3:5

5      Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and

lean not unto thine own understanding. 

 

F. Remember your love for God

 

Matt 22:37

37    Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy

God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and

with all thy mind. 

 

III. RESULTS

 

A. If we do not renew

 

1. Wickedness increases

 

Gen 6:5

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. 

 

2. Wrath of God is immanent

 

Rom 2:5

5      But after thy hardness and impenitent heart

treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day

of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment

of God; 

 

3. We show our foolishness

 

Pro 12:23

23    A prudent man concealeth knowledge:

but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness. 

 

C. The Heart Lives Forever

 

Ps 22:26

26    The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall

praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live

for ever. 

 

D. God Knows the Heart

 

1 Sam 16:7

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. 

 

Job 11:11

11    For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness

also; will he not then consider it? 

 

Job 31:4

4      Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps? 

 

Ps 1:6

6      For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous:

but the way of the ungodly shall perish. 

 

Ps 139:1

1      O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. 

 

Pro 21:2

2      Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the

LORD pondereth the hearts. 

 

Let us examine ourselves this morning.

Do not let your heart deceive you.

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