Hi.  I am Wilmien Davis and I am here to Motivate, Inspire and help you to Grow in your journey to find your Purpose, Unlock your Potential with Passion.

Last week I did not send out a message as I felt no words can be spoken or shared in the midst of the funerals of the tragedy in Vanderbiljpark.  This week the message will be a bit longer.

God wants our hearts, He is a jealous God.  He wants our hearts because He know we will be so much better off when our hearts are aligned to Him rather than to anything else.  There are much more protection for our hearts in His hands than anywhere else.

We need to protect our hearts from

  • Getting distracted – turn towards Him and not traditions, law, people
  • Having a hard heart and not repenting
  • Sin and foolishness
  1. Getting distracted:

Remember in one of the previous messages I mentioned how you must choose from which cup you should drink?  Satan is constantly trying to distract you from God.

It is a message that we see featuring throughout the Old and New Testament.

We can get distracted by traditions, people and laws

Traditions can distract us.

Jesus quoted a lot form Isaiah while He was on earth and I think we can learn a lot from that.

In Mat 15 we read how Jesus addressed the Pharisees and Scribe’s concerns of His disciples breaking the tradition of washing hands and feet prior to eating. Jesus answered back with questions about honouring fathers and mothers in which He states they nullify the word of God with their traditions. Jesus called them hypocrites and then quoted Isaiah 29:13

These people draw near to me with their mouths and honour me with their lips

But their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me is but rules taught by men

We are sometimes so caught up in traditions, we don’t even realize it.

                The precepts of men, the world, can distract you

Mat 15: 8,9

These people honour Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain; they teach as doctrine the precepts of men.

Again it is clear that when your heart is not focussed on God, you can superficially do everything right, but it will be in vain and you will struggle to stand strong against temptations. Even the temptation of putting other’s opinions or traditions above God’s instructions.

                The law, manmade rules, can distract us

In 2 Corinthians Paul writes to them about the old vs the new covenant and how the laws from Moses can cover a veil over their hearts.

2Cor 3:16

But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

I see this with my kids. When I tell them things because it is a rule, it is expected, I can see their eyes turning away and they do it with reluctance. But when they do things for me because they love me, they look straight into my eyes, connect with me, and do it with such a great attitude. God wants our obedience because we love Him and turn to Him, not because it is written in a lawbook.

Think about paying taxes.  It is a rule.  We can get caught up in the rules and trying to find clever ways to pays less (legally), but be careful in getting so caught up with it, that you are blinded to what God is whispering in your heart what to do.

  1. A hard, unrepentant heart

When your heart gets distracted, it is easy to become hard and callous

Callous hearts

When Jesus was asked why He spoke in parables, He tried to explain listing many examples in Scripture, again from Isaiah, for people hearing and not understanding. 

Mat 13:14-15

In them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled;

You will be ever hearing but never understanding

You will be ever seeing but never perceiving

For this people’s heart has grown callous;

They hardly hear with their ears,

And they have closed their eyes

Otherwise they might see with their eyes,

Hear with their ears
understand with their hearts

And turn

And I would heal them.

 

We will not be able to understand Jesus if we allow our hearts to grow hard and callous.  It is a theme in the Bible from the Old to the New Testament.  There are so many reasons our hearts or one part of our hearts can grow hard and callous, if you want to read more, you can follow this link.

https://www.wilmiendavisconsulting.co.za/blog/biblical-insights/135-parable-of-the-sower-2

                An Unrepented heart can harden your heart

Rom 2:5

Because of your hard and unrepented heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgement will be revealed.

Not only should we ensure our hearts are not hard, we should repent, to repent is step one to soften your heart. For a long time I have not repented, because I did not believe I was THAT            sinful.  Or when I was made aware of my flaws, I would run to God and cry, but I NEVER said I was sorry, it was more of a discussion “God, help me to get over this”.  I have started to think about exactly what I was doing wrong and started to give that to God as well, it softened my heart and I the veil is lifted, now I see how much of the things I worry about is my own fault, things that hurts me are many times something I did wrong.  The bigger picture will not be revealed (the veil lifted) if we don’t put the effort in to dig deep and see what we need to repent of.

“God, I’m sorry that I worry about money and not always putting my trust in You.

God, I’m so sorry that I care more about other’s opinions than Yours.”

I can attest that there is definitely freedom in doing this.

                A lack of Understanding can harden your heart

John also quoted Isaiah when he referred to Isa 53:1 in John 12:40 about the Jewish people who were unable to believe.

John 12:40

He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts

So that they cannot see with their eyes and understand with their hearts

And turn, and I would heal them.

Hardening your heart will make you unable to understand. If you cannot ‘’see ’’understand why people are so committed to faith- your heart might have been hurt and hardened to the point that you cannot see or understand.  You think they are weird, they have nothing better to do, and they are wasting their time. It does not make sense to you.  Your life is good enough, you don’t need any additional things to be worried about or to take responsibility for.

We think we ‘’see’’ things the way they are, but many times we might ‘’see’’ everything, but we only process some of what we ‘’see’’ and the rest we ignore, because our clever, limited brains cannot deal with what we do not understand.  Our hearts must start to accept what we do not understand so that our ‘’eyes’’ can see more.

After quoting Isaiah, John continues:

John 12:41-43

Isaiah said these things because he saw Jesus’s glory and spoke about Him. Nevertheless, many of the leaders believed in Him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue, for they loved praise of man more than praise of God.

Oh, how I struggle with this – praise of men above praise of God. Popularity was one of the three temptations Jesus had to overcome and I .ill spend a lot of time on this later, but again that sprouts from the heart, do you treasure God’s opinion in hour heart more than you do of people’s?  This becomes an even bigger struggle for those people closest to you!

 

Sin and foolishness

When your heart is hard, unrepented and not believing, it will lead to sin and foolishness and maybe also temptations.

                Temptation follows sin and foolishness

Ps 95:7b-9

If only you would listen to his voice today! Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness. For there your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw everything I did.

Rom 1:21-25 

For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and darkened in their foolish hearts. Although they acclaimed to be wise they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images of mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. 

Therefore God gave them up in the desires of their hearts to impurity and dishonouring of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served things rather than the Creator, who is forever worthy of praise. Amen.

 

                No rest for your heart follows sin and foolishness

 

Heb 3:8-19

Here a part of the story from the Old Testament was listed – God was angry with the Israelites for:

:10 Their hearts always turn away from me – They refuse to do what I tell them

Because

:9 There your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they was my miracles for forty years.

:8 Don’t harden your hearts and tested God as in the wilderness.

And why is it so important?

:19 so we see that because of their unbelief they were not also to enter his rest

:12 be careful then dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God

 

                Barriers due to sin and foolishness

 

Isa 59:2

Your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.

 

We should never be at a place where God gives up with us.

Your heart can darken against God. Prevent this by

  • Glorify Him as God and not manmade stuff
  • – give thanks to Him as the Creator

It reminds me of the famous prayer: “Our God who are in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name” that is why this is the first part of the prayer, no use to pray for temptations, daily bread, forgiveness if our hearts are not first turned to God.

 

We need to protect our hearts from

  • Getting distracted – turn towards Him and not traditions, law, people
  • Having a hard heart
  • Not repenting
  • Sin and foolishness

 

In Acts 8:21-23 we read about Simeon who pay for receiving the Spirit, Peter reprimanded him:

You have no part or share in our ministry, because your heart is not right before God.

Repent, therefore, of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps He will forgive you for the intent of your heart. For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and captive to iniquity.

Luk 24:38

“Why are you troubled?” Jesus asked, “and why do doubts arise in your hearts?”

More heart passages can be found:

Isaiah 44:20 mentions that our hearts are deluded.

Zechariah 7:11-12 mentions that our hearts are like flit.

Be careful of being hard-headed if you are not ready to face something, because it will make you hard-hearted

 

Ps 119: 70

Their hearts are hard and callous but I delight in your law.

David says in the passage God’s Word is like a light to his feet and it helps him to see where he is going ant that the word of God is more precious to him than silver or Gold.  Do we desire God’s word more than silver or gold!  More than your salary every month?  

In conclusion:

2 Pet 1:19

We also have the message of the prophets, which has been confirmed beyond doubt. And you will do well to pay attention to this message, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

I just feel inspired, lighter, motivated feeling the morning star rising in my heart. No wonder we like the star of Bethlehem. It gives us hope and motivation looing up and see the light in the darkness at night.

 

Final thoughts

 

Protect your heart from getting distracted

Traditions can distract us

                The precepts of men, the world, can distract us

                The law and manmade rules can distract us

Protect your heart from become hard and callous

                Callous hearts keep us from understanding

                An unrepentant heart keeps us from God

                A lack of understanding can harden your heart

Protect your heart from sin and foolishness

                Temptation follows sin and foolishness

                No rest for your heart follows sin and foolishness

                Barriers are formed due to sin and foolishness

Let God’s Word be a Light to your feet.

 

May the LORD bless you and keep you.

May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you

May He turn His face toward you and give you peace.

 

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