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Series: Other Speakers
Sun am 22 June 2014 – Sam Festus
Gen. 6:5-6; (Heb. 11:6); (Rom. 10:10, 17); 2 Sam. 11:1-27; (2 Sam. 12:1-15); (John 4:1-30);
Ps. 51:1-13 (Message Bible); Ps. 26:2; (Prov. 17:3); James 1:12; (Heb. 2:18-Amplified)
God is busy dealing with us and will not let us off the hook. We want to finish strong. We often pray, “Lord grant me the desires of my heart.” When God looks at man and judges us, He looks at the heart. Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (Gen. 6:5). God was sorry that He made man and repented (Gen. 6:6). He did not say that easily but when He looked at the heart of man He saw that something was gravely wrong. Throughout the Scriptures God looked at the heart of man as a barometer and a test to see where they are.
We believe with our heart (Rom. 10:10). If we believe with the heart, then the heart is a critical component of all of the word we received, because at some point we are going to believe it, and we believe with the heart. If the heart has not gone through changes, the heart can be a blockage to the life-changing experience that comes by hearing the word. The heart is that part of our being that God is trying in every possible way to reveal to us, by the circumstances, situations, the testing and trials and things we go through.
Let us look at David and also at the Samaritan woman at the well. David, in all his greatness had some flaws that God had to deal with. The woman at the well was at the beginning of her walk with God, but David was established in his walk with God. David was a man of character, so you and I would have expected David to do the right thing. We did not expect much of the woman at the well. She was a Samaritan, was unsaved and did not know the Lord. In the spring when the kings go out to battle, where was David? He was not at war, he was at home. Take note of positioning in our walk with God; where we are. David was not where he should have been. He then sent Uriah into the front lines and Uriah was killed (2 Sam. 11:1-27). To shorten the story, David continues with business as usual. He went on with his life as king; he brought the woman into his house as she was going to have the baby. Then the prophet shows up and tells him a story (2 Sam. 12:1-15). He was so blind to it that he thought the prophet was talking about somebody else. It does not matter where we are in our walk with God; we are not immune to missing what is going on in our heart. We need grace and the Holy Spirit to expose what is going on in the heart. The heart has a terrible blind spot. The heart is multi-layered, every time we take a layer off; there are more layers to remove. This is where grace and the word come in. We seem to deal with things only 99% and 1 % we miss. God is about fullness and completeness.
We do not expect much from the woman at the well; we do not expect her to do the right thing. She is unsaved. Jesus told her things about herself that nobody else knew and she went and told everybody about Him (John 4:1-30). In both the heart of David and the Samaritan woman, there were things that needed to be revealed. God had to reveal it to them. God is not interested in exposing you to the world; He is interested in you exposing yourself to Him. In David’s walk with God, it is very clear to him that there needed to be a connection between him and his God. The problem with a lot of us is the disconnection between what we believe, what is happening in our heart, what the word says and how we react and the fruit we are producing. It is not all adding up. God is calling us to a place that when we talk of the desires of our heart, in our heart is truly what God wants for us. Both David and the woman at the well responded positively (when the motivation of their hearts was exposed). It is not about what David did, but about his response and how God brought him to a place where he recognized what was in his heart. The woman at the well also responded positively. God is calling us to respond positively to what is happening in our heart.
Psalm 51 is after David was confronted by Nathan the prophet. This is his response: Generous in love—God, give grace! Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record. Scrub away my guilt, soak out my sins in your laundry. I know how bad I’ve been; my sins are staring me down. You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen it all, seen the full extent of my evil. You have all the facts before you; whatever you decide about me is fair. I’ve been out of step with you for a long time, in the wrong since before I was born. What you’re after is truth from the inside out. Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life. Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life. Tune me in to foot-tapping songs, set these once-broken bones to dancing. Don’t look too close for blemishes, give me a clean bill of health. God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life. Don’t throw me out with the trash, or fail to breathe holiness in me. Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails! (Ps. 51:1-13-Message Bible). David came to realize that everything he did violated God, it went against everything that God had taught him, his belief system and what he knew about God. He is not trying to hide it. That is the first lesson. When you are confronted with what is going on in your heart, the response should be, “Lord, help me. I have done wrong.” It is about looking into your heart and asking why you are struggling with certain things. David confessed that he needed a fresh start. God is not in trying to destroy us, but trying to get us to a place where we can have a meaningful impact in this world. In order for that to happen our hearts need to be right. We need to be in right standing with Him.
Sometimes what is happening in our hearts is so well hidden that we are not conscious of it. We need to get to a place in our walk with God that we are conscious of it; not sin consciousness, but about what is going on in our heart and the hindrances, causing us to pretend we believe because it is the right thing to do. The first step with David was acknowledgement that there was a problem (Ps. 51:3-Amplified Version), and then allowing the grace of God to come and deal with it. We need to pray this prayer, Examine me, O Lord, and try me; Test my mind and my heart (Ps. 26:2).The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the Lord tests hearts (Prov. 17:3). God is going to put us into the fiery furnace of testing because it is to our benefit that we discover what is going on in our hearts. You are going to have to deal with it at some point in your life. The heart has to be in line with what God is doing and not go around pretending. Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him (James 1:12). We are talking about obedience and allowing the testing to happen. It is not always pleasant but it is going to take you to a place where God wants you to be. If we say we believe with the heart, then the heart is a critical component that needs to be in right standing with God. For because He Himself [in His humanity] has suffered in being tempted (tested and tried), He is able [immediately] to run to the cry of (assist, relieve) those who are being tempted and tested and tried [and who therefore are being exposed to suffering (Heb. 2:18-Amplified). We sometimes feel we are alone, but we are not, God is with us. It is part of His plan to get you from where you are to where you should be. We need to allow the examination of God. What comes out of our mouth will defile us or get us to a place where God wants us to be.
There is such value in meditation, the quietening of your spirit and your whole being where you allow the Holy Spirit to minister to you. Allow the Holy Spirit to deal with what is happening in your heart.