Sunday Morning Podcast January 26, 2020. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: DEUTERONOMY 6:3-9
3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
13 To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?
14 Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’S thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.
15 Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.
16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.
17 For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:
18 He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.
19 Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
20 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.
21 He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.
22 Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten persons; and now the LORD thy God hath made thee as the stars of heaven for multitude.
Does God have all your heart? “Love the LORD thy God with all thine heart”. True worship! We bring the “worshiping of God” with us, when we worship together. If our worship is waiting on a church “performance,” it becomes one that is merely manufactured. And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Deuteronomy 6:5, God gave this commandment to Moses on the mount, and this verse was also quoted by Jesus (Matthew 22:37). Did you bring this with you this morning? All worship, must always come fully from the heart. Nothing else from you, unless fully from the heart, can be acceptable to God! My confessions first must be based on, if I’m right before God or not, which will determine what is in my heart. Confession must not involve blame, or comparisons, based on “our” thinking and judgments. That is what creates a toxicity. God’s ways are higher than that. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8,9 The LORD our God is one LORD. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:” Deuteronomy 6:4 The fundamental prayer of all God’s people! There is no other God! He can heal and resolve all the ills! THIS God, determines everything! When we wake up, and when we sleep! There won’t be room for dispersing blame, judgments, etc. Why can’t all have this presence of Jesus in the room? Nothing else but the power of God in the room? And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. What dost God require of you but to fear Him, walk in His ways, to love and serve the Lord with all thy heart and soul? (“What doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul”). His ways for you, is what He shows you. Keep His commandments, and His ways. Christ has a right to demand of us to walk in all His ways, …and it doesn’t produce blaming others. You don’t have that right because your ways are wrong. You are only right when God declares you are right. Deuteronomy 10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked. Circumcise the foreskins of your heart (what you believe.) This excludes a vulnerability when your heart is circumcised toward God, which will become God’s, if you are willing to be of His people. When you turn yourself over to God, there will be a vulnerability at that moment, that helps you realize your own spirit needs to be subjected to His Spirit. If though you become stiff necked in religious doctrines? Finding your identity within yourself, rather from God? Then pride, personal strength, etc, will become your own righteousness!
Deuteronomy 10:18 “He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.” Love the stranger! You once were a stranger! Do you still not understand you were a stranger in this world? How you had no relationship to then be added to God’s people? How would you know? You had no grace! Not content? Circumcise your heart! Church going is not enough! Love the stranger for you were a stranger! You were a seeker also, …while still in the land of sin. Religiously striving doesn’t deliver. Wandering as a stranger, no hope, really not satisfied, not having a relationship! In of itself, that is not a fault, so quit blaming to find happiness. That too, needs to be given to God. Your heart needs to be circumcised. Then you can love the stranger, and yourself be also delivered. No longer a stranger in a strange land. Our identity is constructed in one of three things. The world, yourself, or God. How the world judges you, how you choose to judge yourself, or by how God thinks of and judges you. How does the Lord see you? We must care more about what God thinks of us, to stand not in the wisdom of man, but in the power of God. I will not, must not, be the judge of myself. (The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9) Being clear before God, doesn’t depend what “I” think of myself, but what God thinks of me. If we are able to care more of God’s judgments of us, then we can walk to please Him, and not be afraid to live in the law of Christ. So how does the Lord see us? Does that thought affect your behavior during the day? Forget all others, and what you yourself have believed. Seek rather God’s wisdom, instructions, searching your heart to really see what God thinks about your thoughts and heart. Again, because God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours!
Does God Have Your Heart?