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Love God.... With All Your Heart..... September 20, 2020

You shall LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD with ALL YOUR HEART and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37 ESV

Is God the treasure of your heart? For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be. Matthew 6:21 ESV. What has the most value to you in this world? We place values on everything in life and many values are identified by the cost of certain objects or things. For example, a person will place a value / cost on a house, car, or boat when referring to material things. The world will place a value upon a person’s life by how much time a person might have left or by their ability to produce. Value or cost many times is based upon location, need, availability, rarity, along with a whole list of particular measurements that could be used depending upon the person or object. In general, people tend to focus upon who or what they deem to have the most value. We will spend time, money, and energy in order to maintain or acquire that which is valued. This is not always good or always bad, it is simply a way to measure that which is most valuable to a person. How do you determine if God is the treasure of your heart? Let me give you some suggestions in your search for the answer to this question.

Do You Seek Him? You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 ESV God is not hiding from us nor playing games with us to make it difficult for us to find him. The teaching of this verse when it was written to the people is the same teaching for us today. You will find what you pursue or seek. When seeking after God, you are seeking to be wise in your pursuit to love him. When seeking to love him, you look in the places where God dwells. You will not find God when you live or practice a life of hate, jealously, un-forgiveness, or any other sin that you seek to satisfy in the flesh, because God does not have fellowship with sin. When seeking God, you must look upon the path of love because that is the path upon which God walks.

Do You Desire to Be In His Presence? Seek his presence continually! Psalm 105:4 ESV. When living in the abiding presence of the Lord, you will experience and understand love that only can be experienced when you abide / live there. It will be the desire of your heart in the the morning.... through the day,... and in the evening. It is the desire to live loving God so much that you don’t want to have even a hint of another god in your life. It is a heart that loves and longs for the ways of God more than anything else. When loving God in this fashion, you will only have eyes for him, and nothing or no one else will you desire more than God the Father, Jesus his Son, and the Holy Spirit. This desire is not a head knowledge but a heart knowledge that has been experienced by the redemption of a person’s life. That person will love much, for they understand they have been forgiven much. The woman who washed Jesus’s feet with her tears (Luke 7:36-50) understood this when she sought to worship him with an act of love showing gratitude.

Do You Enjoy Him? I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart. Psalm 111:1 ESV. The heart is representative of your life. Obviously without a heartbeat you have no life. So to say, with my whole heart, is to say with all my life I give you thanks. You will only do this if you tasted and saw that the Lord is good. (Psalm 34:8). With your whole heart you will do this.... Psalms 9:1-2....86:12 ..... 138:1. You will worship, sing, praise, and love God out loud by speaking of all his goodness and mercy in your life. You will enjoy God when you.... love the Lord your God with all your heart. Matthew 22:37 ESV

Application: Showing love to God is done by how we live. If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15 ESV. Don’t mistake keeping his commandment with keeping a set of rules, but rather as a way we can show God our love for him. If they are just rules, then you will tend to keep score and this can create resentment. Understand that you will never be able to love God as much as He loves you, but don’t let that stop you from trying. Love is not a feeling, but rather a choice one makes. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 ESV. The pain Jesus suffered on the cross for our sin wasn’t a good feeling, but his motivation was not feelings; it was love. Let your song for this week be, “What a Friend we have is Jesus”. When you acknowledge all God has forgiven you for in your life, it should motivate you to love him much for he has forgiven you much.

Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David

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