Anatomy of a Heart after God
July 4, 2021
“A hero is who we all wish we were if we didn’t have our own personal limitations.”(PBS)
1 Kings 11:4 As Solomon grew old… his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been.
1 Kings 14:8 but you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes.
1 KI 15:3 He committed all the sins his father had done before him; his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his forefather had been.
Acts 13:22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: `I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’
What is the anatomy of a heart after God?
David’s heart passionately had faith in God
1SA 17:34-37 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”
1 Sam. 17:45-49 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
David had a passionate faith in God (
Biblical Faith is not a blind leap
Biblical Faith is tied to reasons
Biblical Faith isn’t absolute certainly
Faith has enough confidence to act
Mark 9:24 “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Jude 22 Be merciful to those who doubt
Unbelief is a decision of the will, but doubt tends to bubble up within the context of faith. (Childers)
Faith is much more like trust with action
Faith grew out of experiences with God
Faith that trusted enough to risk action
Grow Your Faith Through Trusting