Why Are Christains Having Heart Failure? You can’t live A whole life with a half heart.

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Why are so many Christians living unfulfilled defeated lives?

Heart Failure! You can’t live A whole life with a half heart.

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When I see how much heart some people put into the things of the world, and see how little heart Christians put into the eternal things of God it explains why their lives are often broken and defeated. God is jealous, so don’t give Him half of your heart and your desires the other half. Our love for God should go above and beyond to please Him because He went above and beyond for us. That’s why Romans 6:13 states “Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to Him as an instrument of righteousness.” That giving of every part includes you: good, bad, and ugly…and especially your heart.

“My son, give me your heart, And let your eyes observe my ways,” says Proverbs 23:26.

What the Lord commands is very simple, but very expen­sive. When Jesus was asked by a lawyer what the greatest commandment was, he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37)

People are hurting, people are in distress financially, emotionally and physically. God so wants to touch them, heal them, change them and set them free, but sadly, He can’t. Well He could, you see, but His hands are tied a lot of the time. The truth is people only cry out to God when they are in trouble or need Him. They really don’t want His help when they want to live their way. Too many people like their stubborn ways and they are comfortable staying in them. The true secret to happiness, health, vibrance and life is to 100% give all and be totally obedient to His Word. People don’t have to stuggle not knowing Him. Once you have a deep intimacy and understanding of Him through THE WORD everything changes.

One of the greatest drains on a Christain’s energy comes from half-hearted commitment. Why do we constantly negotiate the tension between our old nature and our new?  If God has half of our heart guess who owns the other half?

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Ps. 34:8).

 

Oh yes, there will still be those earthly issues, but they are so easily manageble with God. I am talking about a 100% sacrafice. I am talking about stopping the halfhearted worship and service. I am talking about a radical commitment to follow His leadership and give up the love of sin.

I am talking about turning and never looking back at the past. It is so sad to see so many believers in bondage and in pain because they are not deeply rooted in the Word of God.

Many talk, talk, talk and yet they pull out their Bible once a week for a galnce. I have quoted some scripture to someone and they askme where that came from. Oh the joy and the deep fulfillment in having your heart so full of God’s Word taht it just bubbles over and spills out. Oh the joy of recalling a passage every time you have conversationos or face challenges. What a security to hide the Word in our hearts that we might not sin against God. There is such joy being deeply rooted in His Word which brings wholehearted obedience out of love and devotion.

In Psalm 138:1 King David wrote, “I will praise You with my whole heart.” God desires for us to be whole-hearted for Him. Jesus did not give us half of His heart. He gave us His whole heart, to the extent that it exploded within His own body as He breathed His last breath on the cross. He poured His whole heart out for us, so that our hearts would be poured out to Him through our worship, our studies &  our lifestyle.

Christians should honor God through wholehearted worship. Sometimes we think God will accept any handout of worship that we give. On any given Sunday, churches are filled with half-hearted worshipers; just like the ones we see in Malachi Chapter 1. They were presenting lame and sick animals to God, while at the same time asking for His blessing. God lets them know that He is not pleased with their offerings and considers them profane.

What does God think about halfhearted service?  HALFHEARTEDNESS can be described as: indecision or doublemindedness - a lack of enthusiasm sometimes because of the lack of a clear goal.

He utterly hates and detests our lukewarmness. Does that sound a bit radical? If so, go back and read (perhaps for the very first time) Revelation 3:15-19 for starters. And as I have written about plenty of times before, God is not impressed with our intellectual lukewarmness either.

To love God with half a brain or no brain at all is just not on. As C. S. Lewis rightly said, “God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than He is of any other slacker.”

So, do you want things to turn around in your life? The n you have to seek Him and serve Him wholeheartedly.

“When you come looking for Me, you’ll find Me. Yes, when you get serious about finding Me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed…I’ll turn things around for you.” - Jeremiah 29:13-14 MSG

The Lord is saying to His people today: “When you come looking for Me, you’ll find Me. Yes, when you get serious about finding Me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed…I’ll turn things around for you.” (Jeremiah 29:13-14 MSG) How can we show God that we’re serious about having a more meaningful relationship with Him? We can carve time out of our busy schedules to spend time alone with Him each day in prayer and Bible study.

He is looking for a Bride! Not someone who is cheating on Him with the world. Will you give Him your whole heart today?

 

Shelley Costello Porter

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