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Follow God With Your Heart
Acts 13:16-23 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience. 17 The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it. 18 And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness. 19 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot. 20 And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet. 21 And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years. 22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. 23 Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus: (KJV)
See: Ex.16; Num.14; 32; Deut.2; 8; 29; Josh.5:6; Psalms 78, 106, 136 for Israel’s 40 years in wilderness.
See: Joshua chapters 13-19 for division (allotments) of land to Israel.
Saints such as Abraham, Moses, David, Peter and Paul have inspired and encouraged believers down through the ages. Each of them was imperfect, and is an amazing example of what the Lord can do through hearts that are truly committed to Him, even though the person is weak and imperfect in themselves. How can we be a person who honors God unconditionally, whole heartedly and passionately like the saints before us?
We do have excellent examples to follow.
Acts 13:22-23 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. 23 Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus: (KJV) . . . The Bible says that King David was a man after mine own heart. At the heart of everything David did, he did was a deep desire to exalt (honor, praise, glorify) the Lord. God the Father wants our paths to be directed by His plans and His will. Our interests should be defined by His purposes, and our motive to obey Him should be willingly with love and without hesitation. Any time that we follow God’s heart and will, we find life at its best with peace and love.
How can we follow God with all our heart?
The number ONE thing in our life must be our personal relationship with the Lord Jesus.
Mat.10:37-39 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. (KJV)
He that loveth father or mother more than me . . . God is LOVE! Jesus is God! Jesus is absolutely NOT teaching the apostles (and us) to lessen the proper affection of children to their parents; or to take away the respect and regard we have for them. The intent of this Passage is to show, that since Christ is infinitely above all creatures, He is to be loved more than the nearest and dearest relations, friends or spouse. Anyone therefore, that prefers father and mother over and above Christ, breaks the commands of Christ (Mat.22:37), rejects His Gospel, and either denies Him, or does not confess Him.
Is not worthy of me . . . Jesus was speaking to the apostles, BUT it applies to us today as well . . . any such person who loves someone MORE than Jesus, should NOT name the Name of Christ, or be called by His Name (CHRISTian), and should NOT be considered one of His disciples. They are not fit for the Kingdom of Heaven, but deserve to be rejected by Him, and banished for ever from His Presence. On the other hand, anyone who puts Jesus first and foremost in their heart and life, is worthy of Christ, and His grace, His righteousness, His Presence, His Kingdom and His glory. The same goes for the following . . .
And he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me . . . anyone who delights in their child, MORE than Jesus, drops the profession of Christ (Christian), renounces His Gospel, and neglects His commands. They are NOT worthy to bear the Name of Christ, NOT worthy to be accounted as one of His (Jn.1:12-13; 10:28-30; 1 Jn.3:10). Is not worthy of me . . . meaning not fit to be considered as a follower of Him and is NOT a Christian. (Lk.14:26). The meaning of this is quite clear. Christ must be loved supremely, or He is not loved at all. He will NOT submit to second place in our life. If we are not willing to give up all earthly possessions, and forsake all earthly friends and family; and if we do not obey Him rather than all others, we really do not love Him and have no true affection to Him. He will not use us unless we love Him and are really devoted to Him.
A person after God’s heart makes his or her relationship with Him a top priority. David had an overwhelming love and respect for Scripture because it taught him how to draw closer to the Father (Ps. 119:15-16, 105). David often sought God in prayer for strength, wisdom and the Father’s wonderful Presence (Ps. 5:3, 63:6-8).
We must trust the Lord Jesus when facing trials and difficulties.
David trusted in God no matter what hardship he faced. While the rest of Israel’s warriors cowered before Goliath’s terrifying nine-foot frame, David was outraged by how the Philistine dishonored God’s Name (1 Sam. 17:45-46). Throughout David’s life, he endured extraordinary challenges with great confidence that the Lord would help him. Because of David’s faith and leadership, Israel prospered in a manner unsurpassed to this day.
We must have a strong, passionate desire to obey God.
As a man after God’s heart, David delighted in doing the Lord’s will. His obedience was not motivated by the fear of sin’s consequences, instead it was David’s trust and love for God that led him to submit totally to the Lord. On two occasions, David had the opportunity to kill Saul and take the throne of Israel, but he preferred to be obedient to God than to be the king (1 Sam. 24:6-7).
We must demonstrate a spirit of humility.
This future king also shows us that a person with a heart for God is humble. David had many reasons to be proud . . . he was a handsome man, a skilled musician, the Lord’s anointed ruler, a triumphant warrior, and a national hero. 2 Sam. 7:18 Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? (KJV) . . . Wonderful humility!
We must demonstrate the spirit of a servant.
When he was young, David accepted his father’s authority and obediently tended sheep as a shepherd (1 Sam.16:11; 2 Sam.7:8; Ps;78:70). As he worked in Saul’s household, David used his musical talents and skills as a military leader. In conclusion, David served the people of Israel wholeheartedly as their king. In each example of his life, he was a dedicated, faithful servant of God.
Comment: We must have a deep desire to reflect God’s heart in our life, so that we can influence those around us for good. We certainly would be very wise to follow David’s example. We must always make our relationship with the Lord Jesus a top priority! We must trust and obey Him in everything we say and do! We must remember that all that we are and have is a gift from God. Only then can we show the world that our heart belongs completely to the Lord Jesus.
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Causes of Hardships
Dealing With Anxiety
Describing a Heart For God
Faith, Different Stages
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Renewing of the Mind
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Testing the Faith
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