Heart Matters

We see manifestations of "heart" issues all around us in this world. Our deepest longing for God is often hijacked by other "loves." But, when God changes our heart at its very core, our desires change. We begin to manifest God desires instead of self-oriented desires. God's Spirit does for us what we cannot do for ourself...

Ezekiel 36:24-28
The Message (MSG)

"For here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to take you out of these countries, gather you from all over, and bring you back to your own land. I’ll pour pure water over you and scrub you clean. I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands. You’ll once again live in the land I gave your ancestors. You’ll be my people! I’ll be your God!

Matthew 15:18-20
The Message (MSG)

"But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It’s from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing. That’s what pollutes. Eating or not eating certain foods, washing or not washing your hands—that’s neither here nor there.”

•What did you hear as you listened? A word, a phrase?  Write about what you heard.
•Reflect on your heart condition.  What might you have conversation with God about?
•Are there things “on your heart” that you can bring to the Lord?
•How might you connect more deeply with the Spirit of God who is within you?
•What do you notice rising up within you as you listen to the Word?