DO YOU NEED A HEART TRANSPLANT?

ANTHONY IOVINO-6-25-11

Main Scripture- Matthew 5:8-

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

  • To be      “Blessed” has nothing to do with our circumstances.
  • The Beatitudes      are descriptions not directions.
  • Blessed- Deep      inner joy.

Do you have a pure heart?

What does it take to acquire a pure heart?

The Bible plainly states that (Romans 3:23) –“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Jeremiah 17:9- says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.  Who can understand it?”

If our hearts are deceitful, than a heart transplant is in order.  For that is the only way we can have a pure heart before God.  Only God is equipped for that type of work.  Human effort does not play a role.

Look at what Jesus says in John 5:24- “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

 

We need to seek after God—

Jeremiah 29:13 says- “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

When we truly seek after God, He promises us a new heart.  A transplant!

Ezekiel 36:26 says- “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

King David asked God for a heart transplant:  Psalm 51:10 says- Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Do not cherish sin- Psalm 66:18 says- “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”

Proverbs 3:5- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”

Proverbs 27:19- “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.”

**EACH INDIVIDUAL PERSON NEEDS TO ACCEPT CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOR.  ONLY THEN CAN OUR HEARTS BE MADE PURE.  ONLY THEN CAN THE TRANSPLANT TAKE PLACE.  THIS IS MADE POSSIBLE ONLY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST’S ATONING WORK ON THE CROSS.  I MUST RELIZE THAT JESUS DIED FOR ME, IN MY PLACE, FOR MY SINS- PAST –PRESENT- AND FUTURE!  JESUS DEATH AND RESURRECTION IS WHAT MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR MY HEART TO BE MADE PURE.  THEN I MAY CALL MYSELF BLESSED.

MY LIFE IS MERCY MONUMENT!  (MERCY- NOT GIVING ME WHAT I REALLY DESERVE).

Close-

Do you want deep inner Joy?  Do you want to be able to call yourself blessed?  Do you want a pure heart before God?  If so, look at what it says in Romans 10:9-10-

“That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

If you prayed that prayer, you received a heart transplant and God’s Holy Spirit lives in you forever.  You have passed from death to life and can truly call yourself blessed and pure in heart.

Sermon-Do You Need A Heart Transplant-6-25-11

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