We Need a True and Honest Heart
- Date: July 8, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
How vexed we are in this Sodom called "America." We need to continue to pray and believe God. We would like to believe that Abraham could stop at ten and get it covered in this nation (Genesis 18:32). That is not our concern. Our concern is us, the guy in your chair. Are we ready? Are we responding to the call, "Who will go for Me?" Have we cried out for the coal to be placed upon our lips?
Look at Matthew 15, Jesus is speaking to us, here, and talking about the heart issue. It is not enough to change your attitude. It is not enough to change your behavior alone. We need our hearts to change. That has to be the source. He says in Matthew 15 very clearly, powerful passage. We are familiar with it. I think the real issue that Jesus is trying to get across to us here, "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man" (Matthew 15:18-20).
We know the Pharisees were all about cleaning up the outside, letting their good works be seen. Jesus spoke toward that as harshly as anything in His ministry. "You are whited sepulchers. You are full of dead men's bones." No, He is not just interested in us just cleaning up the outside, putting our hands over our mouths, not saying it to keep it in our hearts. He is after your heart.
We did a prolonged study of the Parable of the Sower. We saw the different types of heart conditions, and the seed, and how the Word of God was able to respond to the soil that it was provided. There was wayside soil. There was stony soil. There was thorny ground, and then there was the good ground. The Scripture calls that good ground a true and honest heart, and that will bring forth fruit, thirty-, sixty-, and one hundred-fold.
If you change your heart, the right fruit will begin to manifest itself. You don't have to go around worried about what you might say, and have to give it a second thought, because your heart will abundantly begin to pour out those things that are true and honest and just and pure and holy.
As we are prayerfully looking, and saying, "Lord, help me to realize that these things are not just carnal actions, that have been such a big part of my life. They were reflecting the condition of my heart." These were not external things. These were not presumptuous sins that just came on, and you were overtaken. That was in your heart. That is what was abiding in your heart. That is why you can't help yourself. Until we identify clearly what Jeremiah says there in Chapter 17, we are all very familiar with it, in verse 9, he tells us very clearly, "The heart is...desperately wicked." And then he goes on, and after telling us that the heart is desperately wicked, he says, "and who can know it?" Well, Hebrews, Chapter 4 says, "The word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intentions of the heart." You can't know your heart, but if you will spend more time in the Word, it will reveal your heart to you. You will see it. If you don't see it yet, it is because you are not spending enough time in the Lord's presence, and in His Word. He will reveal your heart to you, when you "think on these things."
Psalm 119, "Thy word have I hid in my heart [out of the abundance of the heart…]: that I might not sin against thee" (verse 11). Because when I have hidden the Word in my heart in abundance, that is all that will come out.