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December 15, 2020 7:00 am
Listen closely, as Adrian Rogers reveals that integrity takes place in her very cool missing God business is mansard God sees my God reviews the heart. God reveals the heart and God rewards, and blessed are the pure in heart. It is our biggest that is the place of integrity. Welcome to love finding master teacher and author Adrian Rogers said everything that you see wrong in the world today has originated in the heart of the good news is that God is faithful to make a formal diagnosis of our hearts will let them.
He reviews our conditions and reveals what he finds on the inside. How can we become single-minded people with pure hearts full of integrity. If you have your Bible turn to Matthew chapter 5 and look at verse eight. As Adrian Rogers delivers the conclusion of integrity. Don't leave home without it.
Three things I want you to notice as we look at this wonderful beatitude and first of all what I call the principle of integrity. The principle of integrity. Blessed are the pure in heart.
What is his word pure me.
It's the word we get our English word catharsis from catharsis which which means a purifying, whether it be physical or emotional catharsis and the word does not have to do so much with cleanliness, although that is inferred, it has to do more with unity are singleness of heart and mind. It literally means Blessed is that which is on mixed. For example grain that would have Chaffin would not be pure. Our manner that would have alloy and it would not be pure our milk that had been diluted would not be pure are an army that had defectors and would not be pure. And so when he says Blessed are the pure in heart what he is talking about is Blessed are those who have in integrity that do not have divided hearts that do not have double heart. The word literally means singleness of heart. Now the Lord Jesus Christ amplified that look in chapter 6 in the same sermon and verse 24 and you pick it up. No man can serve two masters for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot. You cannot serve God and Mammon. You cannot be double minded. You cannot have an impure heart and see God know what is a man after God's own heart will ease a man with integrity. I will give you some verses that David wrote and by giving you these verses that David wrote you going to see what made David the man he was. Jot them down.
Psalm seven verse eight David said the Lord shall judge the people. Then he said judge me oh Lord, according to my righteousness and according to mine in integrity BC it my integrity. I'm not double minded.
That's the principle of integrity.
Second thing I want to think about the place of integrity. Notice what he says. Blessed are those who have integrity in their heart.
Blessed are the pure in heart of what we mean by that.
We talk about giving your heart for Jesus and the skeptics is what you do reach in the thorax and cavity and bring out that pulsating muscle and get back to God know when the Bible uses the word heart is not talk about the muscle that pumps the blood is talking about the core of the individual is talking about the seat of our emotions.
It's talking about the inner person is talking about what I would call in modern language master control your heart speaks of total commitment. When people fall in love. The co-op sweethearts NetSuite heads air heads. But sweetheart they fall in love makes the heart that is the core of individual is not part of the individual that dictates the character direct store will and dominates the affections.
Here's a verse Proverbs chapter 4 in verse 23 keep thy heart with all diligence for out of it on the issues of life. If you're going to be pure my dear friend, you must be pure in heart. Before you can be pure any other way. And that brings us to the real problem is a verse I want to return to its found in the Old Testament. Jeremiah is the classic verse on the hard Jeremiah chapter 17 and I want to look at it with me today and turn good because we don't get right down to the crux of the matter right here Jeremiah chapter 17 verses nine and 10 now the Bible says would be blessed if we are pure in heart, but very frankly by nature, none is look, here's what Jeremiah says and this is a classic passage. Jeremiah 17 verses nine and 10.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked who can know it are the Lord search the heart, I try the reins to give to every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. I here's what Jeremiah says about my heart in your heart. First of all, he says it's disease BC that were this is desperately wicked.
In verse nine that word literally means incurable.
He sick Jeremiah chapter 15 verse 18. He uses the same word and he says my wound is in incurable, it refuses to be healed. It's the same word that is used for desperately wicked. It means that you have a heart problem. My dear friend, you have a heart ailment and I'm not talking about the physical ailment you have an ailment that you resist all medication. My wound is incurable.
It refuses to be healed all the spiritual exercise and all of the spiritual diet in the world will not cure the disease of your heart. The heart is sick. It resist meditation now so many people don't understand that the problem is the heart and they trying to medicate the heart when they need a heart transplant there trying somehow, someway to cure the problem of sin, but sin is on the inside and even if you reform amounts.
I do not dealt with the problem heart heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart not going to the sawmill from time to time and been very interested in watching them put the logs on that cradle and lop off the edges. They'll take a big old log out of the woods and may have bumps in knots on it.
It may be a little crooked, but they lay it on that cradle and run it through their and lop off one side of that log bring it back and turn it run it through again and lop off another side bring it back.
Turn it run it through again and cut off another side and finally on the outside is perfectly square and you stand and look now, it is perfectly straight.
But if you go and look at the end of it the hardest, still crooked hard. That's the way it is with some individuals, some individuals they have recall outwardly, but the Bible says the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. That's the reason they just reformation is not enough unity, regeneration everything that you see wrong in the world today has originated in the heart of me these things come out of a heart if using an apple with a wormhole and don't be afraid as a worm, and that after know the hole was not there to let the worm in the hole as they let the warm out the worm was already in the Apple the whole says the worms come out flat in the worm get in the.
The worm was hatched in the blossom and the worm was inside that Apple and it simply came out and these things that we see in the world today. They have come out of the heart of man they are inbred in human nature that my dear friend, is the diagnosis of the heart. The heart is diseased. Your heart is disease and not only is it diseased is deceitful. It's so deceitful look again and Jeremiah go back to Jeremiah chapter 17. The heart is deceitful above all things, this word deceitful is the same as the name Jacob, you know we said the name Jacob means Sir planter. It means con artist that if you're if your name is Jacob today. Let McKay that Jesus transform that name. The main prints today, so be proud of your name on the putting down the name Jacob is a wonderful name, Jacob was one of the brightest stars in the Hebrew heaven, but that he wasn't until Jesus through the Old Testament spirit of God in a changing, but the name basically met this evening, and remember it was Jacob who deceived his father old blind Isaac, and Jacob how Jacob deceived his father. He put some goat hair on the back of his hand and came in and pretended that he was Esau an old blind Isaac who just simply went by's feelings, like so many people do. He felt the back of Jacob's hand and he said well he said that the voice is Jacob, but that the hand as he saw was and he gave Jacob the blessing Isaac made a mistake like so many Christians today, he went by feeling, rather than by the word. He made a mistake. That way just bought by feeling how easily people are deceived and easily deal Jacob and all of us does to see people but my dear friend what God is saying is that your heart is a Jacob that will deceive you get what it wants.
It is incurably ill and it is very deceitful.
I don't let your heart my heart. The heart is deceitful above all things.
What's the most deceitful thing in the world today you say the media friend. The media is only deceitful because of the hearts of the people in the media, the most deceitful thing is not Hollywood's most deceitful thing is not the media, the most deceitful blank is not some con artist, the most deceitful thing in all of the world is the human heart is deceitful. The Bible says about all things I say that God said that we don't want to recognize the problem of the heart. You need understand just how foolish it is to follow the this world. He says let your conscience be your guide. That's like saying that your heart be your guide so you can be sincere, but if your heart is deceitful you be sincerely wrong.
Here's one of the most incredible verses and all of the Bible Proverbs chapter 28 in verse six. Listen to it. He that trust within his own heart is a that's it. He that trust in his own heart is a fool. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Sometimes somebody asked you questions that will I know my heart will problem is you don't know your heart when you answer that question, not talk about the disease of the heart.
I talked about the deceitfulness of the heart to talk to about the diagnosis of the heart go back to Jeremiah 16 and look again. He says in verse 10, I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, that you can't search your own heart.
How can Jacob investigate Jacob-how can a deceitful heart investigated, deceitful, hot is going to diagnose a heart is not to say whether heart is good or bad. My dear friend, it must be God himself.
For you to try to diagnose your heart would be like looking at a sundial with a flashlight. Never did great dive and have four deceitful to try to diagnose a deceitful heart. It is impossible to see your heart is disease.
It is deceptive and therefore God says I try the heart. Now how does God do this well, first of all, God reviews the heart, God reviews the heart. God just looked in your heart and the word look at it. Here is as I the Lord search the heart, you see that I searched the heart. That word means wherein Jeremiah chapter 17 verse 10 I the Lord search the heart, that means an intensive review bring God's eyes go right past that suture wearing and God searches the heart, but not only does God review the heart. God reveals the heart look again if you will hear I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, not one of the rain that's the control center. Remember I said that your heart is master control that God looks in your heart and God searches your heart and then after God reviews the heart.
God reveals the heart.
How is he doing he tries the reins. God allow circumstances to come be a life and God sees how you react to those circumstances your actions don't prove what you are. Your reactions prove what you are. Have you ever been rude to person. No answer is a will that person made me mad.
They just revealed anger, the sinew they have put that rudeness in you that this was already there all day and it was push the hot button God is trying reins because he is trying to rent one thing after another, God allow circumstances to come your life and you say wow I'm surprised to myself. I never thought I could do that.
Yeah because you didn't know your heart was deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked and you did not know that down in that call the human heart for all of those things because we can mask it so well, but has come a time when the come out and you be surprised God searches the heart, and my dear friend.
Not only does God search the heart, review the heart.
God reveals the heart and God rewards the heart listen when God comes to judging what is going to look at, not primarily what you did, but primarily what you are.
The apostle Paul says in first Corinthians chapter 4 and verse five therefore judge nothing before the time until the Lord come and will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts then shall every man have praise of God is a God business is menses. Now you see me preaching a sermon you hear my words, God sees my God reviews the heart. God reveals the heart and God.
My dear friend rewards. Blessed are the pure in heart is the heart is not that is the place of integrity. I will talk to you, dear friend, not only about the diagnosis of the heart and the disease and deception of the heart. Oh, thank God for the doctor of the heart. Jeremiah chapter 17 verse 14. Look at it heal me oh Lord that's the only one who can bring heal me oh Lord, and I shall be healed. How does it heal you by saving you saying to me and I shall be saying you need to be born again. How does God change you did gives you a new heart, look in Jeremiah chapter 24 and verse 70, what a wonderful verse. This is, he says, and I will give them a heart to know me as a heart transplant that's got that's got just give you Wendy St. Jean gives you no harm, and friend. You cannot be pure in heart without a new heart. First of all you see yourself as a bankrupt center. Blessed are the poor in spirit. Secondly, broken over that. Blessed are they that mourn. Thirdly, my dear friend, you yield yourself to him.
Blessed are the meek, you say or not, I want your will. God puts a hunger in your blessed light was 200 last after righteousness.
That's Jesus got a hunger and thirst for the Lord Jesus cry, and then by mercy, he gives you mercy. Blessed are the merciful. That's what you need today that you might have mercy. Then my dear friend is a pure heart is the work of the it is the work of God goal. Dr. Jesus will give you a brand-new heart. What I'm talking about is the principle of integrity. The principle of integrity is single mind. I've talked about the place of integrity.
Blessed are the pure in.
That's where it began. If you is rock and only Jesus can give you a new heart. Now let me talk to you just briefly about the promise of integrity.
Look at Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. That's it. That's it.
You will see God. You see there's something about sand that blinds you the Bible says in second Corinthians chapter 4 verse four the god of this age has blinded the minds of them that believe not blessed the light of the glorious gospel of the Lord Jesus, should shine under the blind of the sin blind to the danger. But there blinded God they see God's people want to see God I'm done everything trying to see God. They swung from Robles. They pierce their bodies through with knives. They fasted, they prayed they live in caves and holes of the earth they given their money. They don't pilgrimage everything trying trying to see God trying to know God, my friend. Let me tell you how to know God. How to see God jaws did your heart to you see God you say with my own with EI faith with EI faith Moses only in Hebrews chapter 11. The Bible says Moses endured as seeing him who is invisible to get yard right and friend.
You see the invisible.
You see God's how we see you see him in circumstances you see him in nature. You see him in the face of your grandchild.
You see him in the Scriptures and God will become a bright living reality.
Do you start flying in your hand God will be real to you about KY as you see him you'll perceive him you will him because of a heart is pure, in the same sermon on the mount of the Lord Jesus Christ said when your eye is single, your body will be full of light. Their times. Very frankly, when my heart gets cold and I get away from God. I get so busy doing things good things steal away that time that just let pure devotion. I need for Jesus back to get a loan, you must study to close the door say God it's time I got to see you and I start dealing with things in my life friend. I'll tell you I can tell a moment when my eyes get single my body gets full of light is Sica. That's what we forgot to be read my dear friend what God wants and you and what God wanted me more than anything else is a simple little word in integrity. The leave home without. Only Jesus can give you a new heart, he's the dog he wants to do today are not saved you need to be saved ought to be. Say would you pray and ask Jesus Christ today to be real to you. Father I pray today that many in this building will say an everlasting yes to Jesus and be saying in his wonderful name. Amen. If you prayed to receive Jesus just now we want to celebrate with you and invite you to our discovery, Jesus page on the website you find answers there that you may need about your newfound faith is a response section.
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Are you a person of integrity. Matthew 622 says when your eye is single, your body will be full of light.
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