Offer Them Christ
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Heart Problems

The psalm writer once declared, “My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all!” {Psalm 25:17}

Have you ever felt like that?

There are those seasons when it seems like we just go from problem to problem and each problem goes from bad to worse.

When it comes to problems in life, how do you typically respond?

Do you ignore them (and hope they just go away)?

Do you deny them?

Do you run from them?

Do you make excuses for them?

Do you blame them on someone else—a friend, a neighbor, a family member, a co-worker, the devil (or just anyone else but yourself)?

Do you pray and ask God to take your problems away?

We are about to start a new series called “What’s Your Problem?” The truth is that everyone has problems. You are certainly not alone in yours! The real question is, “What are we going to do about them?” That is what our series will focus on for the next few weeks.

C.S. Lewis wisely said, “Life with God is not immunity from difficulties but peace in difficulties.”

Jesus once said that the root of many of our problems lies in the human heart:

14 … “All of you listen,” he said, “and try to understand. 15 It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart21 For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. 23 All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.” {Mark 7:14-15, 21-23}

According to Jesus the heart of the problem is that we all have a heart problem!

The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah agreed with Jesus:

The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” 

{Jeremiah 17:9}

So what is the remedy for our “heart problems?” The Book of Proverbs declares, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

{Proverbs 4:23}

The Bible teaches us that we need to “guard our heart” because it determines the direction and the destination of our life. We need to guard our heart like a valued treasure. If our heart is sick, our life will be sick. If our heart is well, our life will be well. The way to guard out heart is to:

1) keep our heart in align with God and God’s Word (daily reading and study of the Bible; weekly worship);

2) confess quickly to God as soon as we become aware of sin in our heart (“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9);

3) protect our heart by resisting the infection of the world’s priorities to penetrate into our lives.

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