MONDAY, JUNE 7
“For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery,
all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.”
Matthew 15:19 (NLT2)
DAVID: SURRENDERING MY HEART
“Your Cheatin’ Heart” is a song written and recorded in 1952 by country music singer and songwriter Hank Williams. Your Cheatin’ Heart is considered one of the greatest songs of country music. The song is a slow ballad, telling an unfaithful lover of the guilt that she felt for cheating on the singer. And as the song says, “your cheatin heart will tell on you!”
In Matthew 15, Jesus agrees with Hank. Eventually, the things that are in our heart will drive our behavior. In short Jesus says that sin begins in the heart. The heart represents the inner person, his thoughts, attitudes, desires, loyalties, and motives. The heart is essentially who we really are. So if we want to change our behavior we must start with asking God to give us a new heart.
Mike reminded us in the sermon that, “My heart is the causal core of me.” Our actions are ultimately driven by our core. When you survey your current lifestyle, are there sinful behaviors that you would like to change? How do you think a changed heart would help change those behaviors?
God promised in Ezekiel 36:26, “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Let that verse be your prayer today.