We should examine ourselves honestly about whether our heart is a place where the Lord would be pleased to dwell. Is your heart fretful, fearful, troubled? None of us enjoy the company of someone who is always like that, and neither does God. Our heart is where we feel, it is where we desire; out of the heart are the issues of life, not the mind. It is with the HEART that man believeth unto righteousness. God must have our HEART, and not just our mind's consent. Dead religion has no feeling, but God dwelling in the heart DOES. It adds that dimension that makes life a journey instead of a prision.
Key Verse—2:4: "For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you." (ESV)
Aim: To be Good Stewards of Pain, Faith, and Love—as Christ's church
A reminder for those of us who have ever felt like the Lord wasn't hearing our prayers. We will discuss a couple of things to keep in mind as we seek to live by faith and NOT by feelings.
Also Reference: 1 Peter 3:12
Walk Worthy - Lesson 17 - Beyond Feeling - Eph. 4:19. We have already seen the Scriptures establish the total depravity of sinners. We see clearly that there is no hope found for the mind of fallen men as if they had some good in them or some ability to even desire to be right with God on their own. But beyond the futility of the fallen mind Paul says that the lost are past feeling. The term means literally that the man without Christ is not just hard hearted, he is in his whole being "beyond sensitivity" to spiritual things. He is calloused and rock hard. He is not just lost, he is utterly and hopelessly lost. He is far past any ability to even turn and look to Christ for salvation. He is dead in his sin.
Walk Worthy - Lesson 16 - Darkened Understanding - Ephesians 4:18. We see next in Ephesians 4:18 that these Gentiles, these people who are walking in the futility of their mind, also have a darkened understanding. They cannot discern. As we work through this verse today we will see that a futile mind combined with a darkened understanding leads to continued alienation from God, ignorance of the truth, and a hard heart. It is no wonder then that the natural man cannot receive the things of God.
This guy did it all right. He went to school. He learned how to manage money. He started a business. He paid his bills. He was good to other people. He was popular at his local religious center. In our passage, a responsible, upright, rich young man came to Jesus with wealth, but left in poverty.
Our culture is very interested in emotions, and highly values them. However, some of its maxims ("You can't help the way that you feel", and "follow your heart") seem quite out of step with the Scriptures. How do we escape the tyranny of our emotions, and live as the Lord's freedmen?
The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.
1/ The death of the righteous
2/ A time to lay to heart and consider
3/ The blessedness of the righteous beyond the grave
This sermon was preached following the death of Mr Clifford Woodhouse, Pastor of Bethel Baptist chapel, South Chard, Somerset on the previous Friday - 25 June 2022
Spiritual Warfare - Lesson 9 - Have You Lost Your Mind? - Ephesians 4:17-19. The lost, we are told by Paul, walk in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. What does he mean exactly? And how should that affect our preaching of the gospel?
A guilty conscience is a hindrance to love (cf. 1 Timothy 1:5). How best should a Christian pursue a good conscience? Please join us as we explore the two alternatives of "pleading the blood" or "challenging the conscience" through faith.