|October 22, 2017
Many thanks to Pastor Dennis Cariker for bringing God's word to Heartland this morning.
Dennis spoke on "Practice What You Preach!"
Practice What You Preach!
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
James 1 (NLT)
19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters:
You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.
21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives,
and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts,
for it has the power to save your souls.
Matthew 13 (NLT)
3 He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:
“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds.
4 As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath,
and the birds came and ate them.
5 Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock.
The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow.
6 But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun,
and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died.
7 Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants.
8 Still other seeds fell on fertile soil,
and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty,
and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!
9 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
Jesus compares God’s Word to seed and
the human heart to soil.
Jesus describes 4 kinds of hearts:
The hard heart
The shallow heart
The crowded heart
The fruitful heart
1st, by confessing our sins and asking the Father to forgive us 1 Jn. 1:9
2nd, by meditating on God’s grace and love asking Him to plow up any hardness in our hearts
3rd, have an attitude of meekness (you accept Word)
James 1 (NLT)
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says.
Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.
24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.
25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free,
and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard,
then God will bless you for doing it.
26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue,
you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.
27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring
for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.