The engine of your life that drives you is your heart!
Your heart is the decision maker of your life!
For want of a better word it is your "chooser"
Every choice you have ever made.
Every decision you ever make.
Every friend you ever had.
Every mistake you ever made.
Every situation you ever landed in.
It all comes back to your heart!
It says in Proverbs 27 v 19 NLT
“As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.
Your heart is your sub conscious mind.
It is the memory bank that holds you data.
Your heart is who you really are.
It is in the heart we keep the bitter and the sweet.
Check out 1 Samuel 16 v7 NASB
“But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
People assess and evaluate other people by their appearance!
How does she look?
How does he look?
I have heard it said that people form an opinion of you within the first 10 seconds of contact!
Isn't that crazy? We think people are okay or nice or good, based on appearance!
Some of the worst books have the nicest covers.
That is how they sell!
WHY IS THE WORLD SUCH A MESS?
You may say Dereck you are always telling us the world is a mess.
You carry on about it every week!
This is because I am trying to get across to you that the world system is a fallen system.
It cannot right itself.
It is sinking!
Do not put your faith in a fallen system.
A system so blind/ corrupt that they don't even acknowledge their falleness.
Check out in Gen 6v 5-6 NLT
“The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.
It says in the NASB
“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
INTENTS AND THOUGHTS COME FROM THE HEART.
Are you getting the picture?
SO WHAT DOES JESUS SAY?
We in Mark 7 v 20 NASB HE SAYS
“And He was saying, "That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.
NOT ONLY THOUGHTS COME OUT OF YOUR HEART It says in Matt 12v34 b For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.
IN OTHER WORDS!
Everything you think and say is in your heart!
WE LIVE IN A FALLEN WORLD SYSTEM
This is why the very first words of Jesus are REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND in Mark 1v15.
The kingdom of the world system is a temporary fallen system.
The kingdom of God and heaven system is permanent and pure.
YOU CAN LIVE IN A FALLEN WORLD AND NOT BE PART OF IT.
It’s a choice you can make.
Jesus says in LUKE 17v 20-21
“One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.
SO WE UNDERSTAND THEN THAT THE WORLD IS HECTIC.
Even so we can choose whether to be part of it or not.
We can choose
Check out Rev 18 v 1-5
“After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality." I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
SO WHAT AM I SAYING?
We live in a world far from its original design!
It has become contaminated with a deadly virus!
As long as you choose to let it into your heart, you will be toxic.
If you keep it out of your heart, you can live a life of meaning.
You can choose to have the kingdom of God in your heart.
It's all up to you and what you choose to believe!