∑ What do you tend to do half-heartedly?
∑ What do you tend to do whole-heartedly?
∑ Specifically, how does a half-hearted Christian act?
∑ Specifically, how does a whole-hearted Christian act?
∑ Not to be answered out loud Ė Do you consider yourself to be as whole-hearted a Christian should be? I donít think anyone does.
∑ The concept of being whole-hearted is found mostly in the Psalms. Let us consider what being whole hearted involves.
∑ How will whole-hearted worship affect your attitude?
∑ How will whole-hearted worship affect your behavior?
∑ How will whole-hearted worship affect your witness?
Psalm 9:1 - I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
∑ What part does desire determination have to do with doing something with the whole heart?
∑ Quickly, letís name some of Godís marvelous works.
∑ We would praise God much more if we took the to name all of His marvelous works that we can think of.
Psalm 111:1 - Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
∑ What does this verse remind us about corporate worship?
∑ How will being a whole-hearted worshiper help others?
∑ How will being a whole-hearted worshiper annoy others?
∑ How can you tell when you and others are not being whole-hearted worshipers?
Psalm 138:1 - I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
∑ Singing whole-hearted praise to our true God shows defiance to any false gods.
∑ When I am tempted to sin, there is some other god in my life that wants to be worshipped!
∑ When I am tempted to sin, I should sing praise with my whole heart to the one true God before those false gods!
Psalm 119:2 - Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
∑ Why should I want to seek God?
∑ What keeps us from seeking God?
∑ How should we seek God?
1. Willingly Ė Psalm 27:8
2. Meditate in His Word. Psalm 119:97, 11
3. Study His Word. 2 Timothy 2:15
4. Abide in Christ. John 15:7 Colossians 3:16
5. Pray! Ephesians 6:18
Psalm 119:10 - With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
∑ When you seek God with your whole heart nothing else will be more important!
∑ How will whole-hearted seeking keep me from wandering?
Psalm 119:58 - I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.
∑ How much time do you think we spend seeking the favor of others?
∑ How will whole heartedly seeking Godís favor affect our concern about what others think?
Galatians 1:10 (NASB - For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I
striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant
∑ Where in Godís Word has God promised to be merciful to those who seek Him?
Matthew 11:28, Revelation 22:17, Isaiah 55:6-7, John 14:13-14
Psalm 119:34 - Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
∑ When is the best time to decide to obey Godís word?
∑ Why is understanding important if we are going to be truly obedient?
∑ What is the difference between obeying and obeying with the whole heart?
Psalm 119:69 - The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.
∑ What is this verse saying?
∑ Why is deciding to whole-heartedly obey Godís law no matter what others do or say important?
Psalm 119:145 - I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord: I will keep thy statutes.
∑ When we find the things God says to do hard to do it is time to pray this prayer.
∑ In effect, when we pray this prayer, we are saying, ďFather what you are asking is hard and I need your help, but I will whole-heartedly obey.Ē
Jeremiah 24:7 - And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.
∑ This promise, originally intended for Israel, reminds me that any time a person comes to Christ, or returns to fellowship with Him, that is a work of the Spirit of God. I will not seek God unless I am motivated by God to do so.
∑ True repentance means a whole-hearted return to God.
∑ What a wonderful relationship there is when we are saved and in fellowship with God. We will know by experience that He is Lord and that we are his people