IDOLS OF THE HEART. Learning to Long for God Alone by Elyse Fitzpatrick Presented by Elder Wendie G. Trott. Chapter 4: The Heart Changer.
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Learning to Long for God Alone
by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Presented by Elder Wendie G. Trott
Luke 7:36-50: “A Pharisee invited Jesus to have dinner with him. So Jesus went to the Pharisee’s home and got ready to eat. When a sinful woman in that town found out that Jesus was there, she bought an expensive bottle of perfume. Then she came and stood behind Jesus. She cried and started washing His feet with her tears and drying them with her hair. The woman kissed His feetand poured the perfume on them.
Her eyes were opened to His worth [TRUE VALUE], and worship flowed out of her.
Are our eyes as open? Do we care about the approval of others over God?
worshiping, adoring, admiring, reverencing, or loving false gods.
The Power of the Holy Spirit = the only life-changing power in the world! His unique work produces holiness. In our own strength, we don’t have the power to make us a holy God-worshiper, but God is committed to changing us!
Writing His Word on Our Hearts: John 16:13: “The Spirit shows what is true and will come and guide you into full truth.” Psalm 119:11: “I treasure Your Word above all else; it keeps me from sinning against You.” [CEV]
Inclining Our Hearts to Worship Him: Bend Down, Listen With Your Heart, and Love On Him! I Kings 8:57-58: “May the Lord our God be with us…that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways and to keep His commandments and statutes and His ordinances.”
The Spirit Convinces Us That We Are God’s Children: Romans 8:15-16: “God’s Spirit doesn’t make us slaves who are afraid of Him. Instead, we become His children and call Him our Father. God’s Spirit makes us sure that we are His children.”
The Spirit Teaches Us to Pray: Romans 8:26-27--The Spirit prays through us when we don’t even know what to say to God.
1 Corinthians 10:13-14: “You are tempted in the same way that everyone else is tempted. But God can be trusted not to let you be tempted too much, and He will show you how to escape from your temptations. My friends, you must keep away from idols.”
Romans 8:29-30—Speaks of predestination = PRE (before/already), DESTINY (fate/divine intervention/external circumstances), DESTINATION (purpose/end/target/aim/goal/objective/intention)
[Msg] “God knew what He was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love Him along the same lines as the life of His Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity He restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in Him. After God made that decision of what His children should be like, He followed it up by calling people by name. After He called them by name, He set them on a solid basis with Himself. And then, after getting them established, He stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what He had begun.”
“Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips will praise You.”—Psalm 63:3
How valuable is God’s love to you?
Is the love between you and Him more valued than everything else in your life?
Happiness means: contentment, pleasure, gladness, cheerfulness, delight
As God’s children, it is God Himself who should be the Source of our happiness. Knowing Him, worshiping Him, being loved by Him, and loving Him in return should be the center of our existence and our joy.
Psalm 16:11 says: “You have shown me the path to life, and You make me glad by being near to me. Sitting at Your right side, I will always be joyful!” [CEV]
Psalm 40:8: “I delight to do Thy will, O God! Thy Law is within my heart.”
Delighting to do God’s will means: turning from the deception that joy lies outside obedient fellowship with God.
Does something else seem more attractive? It’s a deception!
Matthew 6:21 says: “Your heart will always be where your treasure is.”
If you are willing to sin in order to be happy, you are an idolater!
Happiness becomes a god if and when your pursuit of it is done despite the offence to God!
We are all products of what we have endured.
The power of God is greater than our history, or any other power, however, failure to admit we have been affected, and need healing, can cause us to erect false gods in our lives.
The good news is that the Holy Spirit can illuminate your heart and cause you to grow in your esteem of Christ and disdain the charms of the world. He does this by inclining you to serve Him and teaching you the true joys of heaven.
Define it the way that God does and you’ll never be disappointed. Remember your goal is to say with David, “Nothing, not
even life, brings me more happiness than Your love!”