All sin is selfish – our prayers will not get answered when we have the wrong motives. Why? God doesn’t look on the outside at our fake plastic faces. God looks at the heart. You can’t be fake with God. God sees your heart. The heart is the root to everything in our life and if things are not working out, (God is not using you or your prayers are not getting answered), do not lie to yourself and say that nothing is wrong. You lie to yourself long enough and you will start to believe it. Do not deceive yourself.
If your heart is right even if other areas in your life are not, God can still use you and do things in your life that you never thought possible all because your heart was right.
If you have a pure heart, God says he will help us to be wise or gain wisdom. Wisdom is knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do.
illus: Solomon and the baby with two ladies fighting over him.
Partial truth is still a lie.
Be honest in your heart when you communicate with God.
2 Kings 4:29-31
The problem is not with the staff the problem is with the hand that holds the staff. Why did the staff not work for Gehazi?
2 Kings 5:20-27
Gehazi was cursed because his heart was not pure and it cursed him and his whole family. The heart is deceitful. The heart at the very core because of sin, is evil and selfish. The sin that you refuse to deal with will be the sin that is responsible for your downfall. Pride is sin. Sin is selfish. Pride comes before the fall.
For you to live day in and day out with sin in your heart is like the foolish man who built his house on the sand. When the storm came, his house crumbled to the ground.
Lord, Give us clean hands and a pure heart.
Jesus lives in our hearts – our hearts are temples. Jesus cleans the house. So we too can clean the house. Self-evaluation is the process in which you clean out the house. After you clean the house, your temple can be clean. Your heart can be pure. When your heart is pure, your relationship with God is restored.