Matters of the Heart July 13 & 14

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.
And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”
1 John 5:4 (NKJV)

MATTERS OF THE HEART

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.”
Proverbs 4:23 NKJV

THE FIRST STEP TO HEART HEALTH IS TO ASK GOD TO EXAMINE OUR HEARTS.

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalms 139:23-24 

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:33-37 NKJV

ENEMY OF THE HEART “GUILT AND SHAME’’

“Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” Genesis 2:25 NIV

THE STRUGGLE WITH SHAME IS COMMON.

“I live in disgrace all day long, and my face is covered with shame.” Psalms 44:15 NIV

  • Adam and Eve, the shame of being exposed. Genesis 3:10

  • Sarah and Abraham, the shame of barrenness. Genesis 16

  • Gideon, the shame of his family. Judges 6

  • Mephibosheth, the shame of his disability. 2 Samuel 9

  • David, the shame of adultery. 2 Samuel 11

  • Women with the issue of blood; shame of impunity. Mark 5:24

  • Blind Bartimaeus, the shame of being a beggar. Mark 10:46-52

  • Judas, the shame of betrayal. Matthew 27:3-5

THREE HEART HEALING EXERCISES FOR GUILT AND SHAME:

1)    ACCEPT GOD’S FORGIVENESS AND LOVE.

“In You, O LORD, I put my trust; let me never be put to shame.” Psalms 71:1 NKJV

“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Hebrews 9:14 NKJV

2)    BRING YOUR GUILT INTO THE LIGHT.

“When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Psalms 32:3-5 NIV

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT

“And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” James 5:15-16 NKJV

3)    MAKE AMENDS WHERE POSSIBLE.

“Do the things that show you really have changed your hearts and lives.”
Matthew 3:8 NCV

“Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house.”
Luke 19:8-9a NKJV