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Growth Guide: The Heart of the Matter

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Jesus would routinely emphasize the importance of the heart. In Matthew 5 this was His core teaching. As we studied today, Jesus once again stresses this key point. In chapter 6 he begins to clearly show the difference between duty and delight. God wants your heart, not your sacrifice. In verse 4, he shares that we should do things for God in secret. His point is that when we do things for God's glory and not for ourselves we will be rewarded. The church culture in His day was all about outward appearance. It was about rules in place of relationships! Jesus brought it back to what God intended. This was so different from what they had been taught. Our faith is all about the heart! Last week we were challenged to do a heart checkup. This in reality is something we need to do daily. Here are a few verses to meditate on. Matthew 6:18 Whatever you do in secret for God and for others He will reward you. Have you made this week about giving God glory and not yourself? Proverbs 20:27  God values a person's heart. Is there anything that you need to confess and make right with God? Jeremiah 17:10 God tests the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 God sees the heart while  men focus on appearance. Last verse to ponder. Psalm 25:14 God reveals his secrets to those who are close to Him. May this help you Grow in your intimacy with Him.                                           
In Christ,                                                                                                                     
Chad

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Growth Guide: True Righteousness

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We learned today about the importance Jesus placed on the heart. In Matthew 5:17-20  Jesus placed much emphasis on the internal. It was a radical departure from what the religious leaders were teaching. They had lowered the standard that God had given in the old testament and had made it just a bunch of rules to follow. Jesus came and clearly defined the biblical standard. He started in verses 1-13 of chapter 5 sharing that character is what Jesus really values. A person's character will eventually be made known. Then in verses 14-16 he shares that if the inside is right with God then we'll be salty and a bright light for others to see.  In the passage from today we want you to examine your heart. I'm calling it a heart check up. Questions to ask yourself, family, or group are listed below. As part of the journey Jesus made it clear we need others to help us grow to maturity. This is a simple step  to help you apply today's truth in your journey with following Him.         

1) Have I glorified God in my Spirit today?                                                             

2) Have I glorified God in my desires today?                                                         

3) Have I had a pure heart in my thoughts?   (lust, anger, hatred, etc..)                             

The goal is to be right with God, not to justify ourselves. Is there any  sin that God is convicting your heart to make right with Him? Don't delay, we have a loving Father waiting with open arms to receive you. 

Have a great week!!                                                                 

In Christ,
Chad             

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