5 Reasons Why I Need My Heart Challenged

1. The Strength Of My Marriage Is Dependent On The Health Of My Heart!
He answered, “Haven’t you read in your Bible that the Creator originally made man and woman for each other, male and female? And because of this, a man leaves father and mother and is firmly bonded to his wife, becoming one flesh — no longer two bodies but one.”…They shot back in rebuttal, “If that’s so, why did Moses give instructions for divorce papers and divorce procedures?” Jesus said, “Moses provided for divorce as a concession to your hardheartedness, but it is not part of God’s original     plan. I’m holding you to the original plan.”…Jesus’ disciples objected, “If those are the terms of marriage, we’re stuck. Why get married?” But Jesus said, “Not everyone is mature enough to live a married life. It requires a certain aptitude and grace. Marriage isn’t for everyone…But if you’re capable of growing into the largeness of marriage, do it.”  -Matthew 19:4-12(MSG)

2. God Desires For Me To Stay Sexually Pure And Maintain A Heart For Holiness!
God wants you to be holy and to stay away from sexual sins. He wants each of you to learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable. Don’t use your body for sexual sin like the people who do not know God. -1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 (NCV)

Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever — the kind of sex that can never “become one.” There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for “becoming one” with another. Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? -1 Corinthians 6:17-20 (MSG)

3. The Favor Of God Is Restricted By The Unforgiveness In My Heart!
“Listen to Me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” -Mark 11:24-25 (NLT)

“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.” -Matthew 6:14-15 (MSG)

4. My Heart Cannot Deny What It Treasures!
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…No one can serve two masters. You cannot serve both God and money.” -Matthew 6:20-21, 24

Your heart’s been in the right place all along. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t. The heart regulates the hands.  -2 Corinthians 8:11-13

5. My Evangelistic Impact Is Determined By The Purity Of My Heart!
“He will even deliver one who is not innocent; Yes, he will be delivered by the purity of your hands.” -Job 22:30

Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.  -Matthew 5:8

“The Size Of My Heart Determines The Size Of My Harvest!”

Why challenge my heart?

1 Corinthians2:9
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,  nor the heart of man imagined what God has  prepared for those who love him”

We live out of our hearts, always doing that which we most want. When Jesus Christ redeemed us by his death on the cross and resurrection from the grave, our greatest desires were purchased by his blood. The life and work of Jesus reforms all the desires of our hearts so that we most want a salvation that belongs to the Lord. Only Jesus can change our hearts so that all we say, think and do is for the glory of his kingdom, so we will live for him and the good of others and not ourselves.


● The Quality Of My Heart Qualifies Me To Be Greatly Used By God!

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9

“If my heart is the source of my problem, then lasting change must always travel through the pathway of my heart. It is not enough to alter my behavior or to change my circumstances. Christ transforms people by radically changing their hearts.” -Paul David Trip, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hand

Characteristics of the Heart:
·    It is a man’s inner life
·    It is the very throne which our life sits.
·    It controls our thoughts.
·    It controls our passions.
·    It controls our desires.
·    It controls our appetites.
·    It controls our affections.
·    It controls our purposes.
·    It is who we are as people.

It takes courage

The Early Church

The early church began with 120 fearful, timid disciples in a room praying. Soon, after Peter’s first sermon, 3,000 more joined the church. As we read through Acts, we find these once fearful disciples facing death for Jesus’ sake and the spreading of the gospel (Stephen, Acts 7; James, Acts 12:1-2).Through the preaching of the gospel by word and life, the church grew How do we find courage? Bold preaching of the gospel in the book of Acts is empowered by two things: the Holy Spirit (compare Peter in the gospels to his first sermon in Acts 2) and a conviction about the truth of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. Courage comes from a changed heart—the work of the Spirit in our lives convicting us of the gospel and overcoming our fear.

Missional Analysis

o    People with no faith will speak loudly about what they are for, but what they are for does not line up with the Bible – premarital sex, abortion, getting drunk, etc. and see Christianity as moralistic.
o    People with damaged faith will speak loudly about what they are against, using arguments from the Bible. They also see Christianity as moralistic.
o    People with active faith will speak loudly about what they are for and against, informed by the Bible. Their proclamations will be full of grace, truth, and love.


o    What is it that you always talk about doing but never do? (We all have something)
o    Does what you say and what you do match up?