Church in the Peak

21/05/23 // Godly Living - God Is Working On Our Hearts // Phil Hardy

May 21, 2023 Church in the Peak
Church in the Peak
21/05/23 // Godly Living - God Is Working On Our Hearts // Phil Hardy
Show Notes

Godly Living unwrapped - The Clean Heart 

Hebrews 13 : 21-24 
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. 

What does the Bible say about the Human Heart? 

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 
● The Hardened Heart 
● The Deceitful Heart 
● The Divided Heart 
● The Broken Heart 
● The Rebellious Heart 
● The Fearful Heart 
● The Proud Heart 
● The Uncircumcised Heart 
● The Wicked Heart 

Jesus said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” 
Mark 7:20-23

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

● Jesus is concerned with our heart. 
● It is not enough to clean up our act on the outside. 

The heart is what you are,- in the secrecy of your thought and feeling, when nobody knows but God. And what you are at the invisible root matters as much to God as what you are in the visible. 

“Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). From the heart are all the issues of life. 

The heart is utterly crucial to Jesus. 

● What we are in the deep, private recesses of our lives is what he cares about most. 
● Jesus did not come into the world simply because we have some bad habits that need to be broken. He came into the world because we have such dirty hearts that need to be purified.- John Piper 

Jeremiah 17:9
Proverbs 21:2 
Matthew 6:21
Matthew 15:18

Everything we say and do reveals the heart within us. 

The Good Heart 
Ezekiel 36:26
Psalm 51 - David's Prayer 
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. 
Psalm 51:10-12
And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ 
Acts 13:22
But God, But God, But God - who is rich in mercy he creates the new heart you are not the creator of your own new heart God is! 

4 chambers of the Newly Created heart that God promises to give to all his people. 
● A humble heart. “ The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” … Psalm 51 
● A believing heart. 
● A loving heart. 
● An obedient heart. 

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 
John 15:16 ESV 

You have been called to bear much fruit, that is the full fruit of righteousness. 

Refiner's Fire – Purify my heart, Can you ask/pray that? 
Purify my heart 
Let me be as gold 
And precious silver 
Purify my heart 
Let me be as gold 
Pure gold 
Refiner's fire 
My heart's one desire 
Is to be holy 
Set apart for you Lord 
I choose to be holy 
Set apart for you my master 
Ready to do your will