Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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THE CHRISTIAN HEART.
1 John 3:18-24

(18) Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.    {19} We shall know by this that we are of the truth, and shall assure our heart before Him, {20} in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.     {21} Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;     {22} and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.    {23} And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.    (24) And the one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And we know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
 

INTRODUCTION:
A mother and her 3 year old daughter were riding in a car when suddenly the little girl put her head on her mother's chest and began to listen. "What are you doing?" mom asked. "I'm listening for Jesus in your heart," was the reply. "Well what do you hear?" The innocent child looked up with the satisfied look of discovery in her eyes and said, "Sounds like he's making coffee to me!"

The heart is an amazing organ of the body. Every human being has a heart. Each of us have some differences in our heart. When a person becomes a Christian they receive a spitirual transformation that makes their heart different. The prophet told us about this Ezekiel 11:19 "And I shall give them one heart, and shall put a new spirit within them. And I shall take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, NASB

The Christian at conversion receives a new heart and the Bible tells us some differences we can expect to see. Please follow closely as we understand more completly "THE Christian Heart"
 

I. IS A CHILD'S HEART.

II. IS A COMMUNICATING HEART.

III. IS A COMMANDMENT HEART.
 
 

I.    THE CHRISTIAN HEART IS A CHILD'S HEART. v 18-19 


EXPLANATION "Little children, . . . "

Matthew 18:3 (NASB) and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and
become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.

INTRO: A CHILD'S HEART IS, TENDER, AND TEACHABLE. THE TEXT POINTS
OUT SOME OTHER CHARACTERISTICS.
 

A.    A CHILD'S HEART IS AN ACHEIVING HEART. v 18
"Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. "

        1. Acheiving through Truth not Talk.
                a. Truth brings peace.
 

B.    A CHILD'S HEART IS AN ASSURED HEART. v 19
WE SHALL KNOW BY THIS that we are of the truth, and shall assure our heart before Him,

        1. Assurred through Witness not Words.
 

ILLUSTRATION:
The Rev. Dr. A.C. Dixon says that when their little boy Harold died, all the enjoyment of their life was gone. He had no joy in preaching or in any of his work. When the Christmas festival was to be held in their church, he felt like leaving the city, but remained. The children came to the

Christmas tree, had a good time, and seemed to have forgotten all about little Harold.

The next day was Christmas. While the family sat at the table, sad and silent, one of the little ones said, "Papa, this is Harold's first Christmas in heaven." Another one quickly replied, "Why, it is Christmas all the time in heaven." Immediately the sadness disappeared because of the thought of little Harold's happiness in heaven.
 

APPLICATION:

The only way to get a Christian Child's heart is to be born again. We must enter the kingdom as a child. Do you know that experience has been yours?
 
 

II.    THE CHRISTIAN HEART IS A COMMUNICATING HEART. v 20-21

{20} in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. {21} Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;
 

EXPLANATION:
Right now take your pulse. Your heart is communicating. Can you take a spiritural pulse? I think we can.
 

A.    A Heart Communicating Condemnation.

        1. WE CAN CONDENM. v 20 a
                ". . . in whatever our heart condemns us; . . ."

        2. GOD CAN CONDEMN v 20 b
                " . . .God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. "
 

B.    A Heart communicating Confidence.

        1. Confidence through AQUITAL. v 20 c
                " . . .God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. "

        2. Confidence through ACCEPTANCE. v 21
                ". . . if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;"
 

ILLUSTRATION:
We have an excellent Biblical illustration of a Christians heart being condemned by their sin. This person did not remain in condemnation but moved to confidence in their relationship with the Lord.

They were used to preach concerning the very sin that had once condemned them. Follow this example from the life of Simon Peter.

Matthew 26:34 -35 Jesus said to him, "Truly I say to you that this very night, before a cock crows, you shall deny Me three times." 35 Peter said(0) to Him, "Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You." All the disciples said the same thing too.

Matthew 26:72 (NASB) And again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man."

Acts 3:14 (NASB) "But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,

Acts 5:4 (NASB) "While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men, but to God."
 

APPLICATION: 1 John 1:9

In Christ' forgiveness we can overcome a condemning heart and have a confident heart.
 
 

III.    HE CHRISTIAN HEART IS A COMMANDMENT HEART. v 22-24 


A.    PRIVILEGED TO BE A COMMANDMENT HEART. v 22 a
           ". . . and whatever we ask we receive from Him, . . ."
 

B. PLEASED TO BE A COMMANDMENT HEART. v 22 b
            ". . . because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.
 

C. PROFESSING TO BE A COMMANDMENT HEART. v 23
        {23} And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.

        1. Professing love for Christ.

        2. Professing Love for other Christians. .
 

D. PERSEVERING (ABIDING) TO BE A COMMANDMENT HEART. v 24
And the one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And we know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
 

        1. We Persevere (Abide) in Him. v 24 a

        2. He Perseveres (abides) in us. v 24 b

        3. Proof of these facts, The Holy Spirit is given to us. v 24 c

ILLUSTRATION:
Dr. John Walvoord is well known in evangelical circles. For over 30 years he has been president of Dallas Theological Seminary. Shortly before he was born, Dr. Walvoord's mother was terribly sick.

So sick that even back then the physician, who seldom gave such counsel, counseled her to have an abortion. And illegal though it would have been back then, he encouraged her to somehow find a way not to have this child because of her illness. She surely would not live through it and perhaps not even the baby. She chose against that counsel, and not only has Dr. John Walvoord lived these many years and shaped so much of evangelical Christianity, she lived on to be over 100.
 

APPLICATION:
This mother had a commandment heart. She followed her heart and God blessed.her for that obedience.
 
 

CONCLUSION: THE CHRISTIAN HEART:
 

I. IS A CHILD'S HEART. V 18-19
 

II. IS A COMMUNICATING HEART. V 20-21
 

III. IS A COMMANDMENT HEART. V 22-24