A Heart So Full……It Can Contain Nothing Else
Read Psalm Chapter 40
Ps 40:8 I desire to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.”
Ps 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You.
Isa 26:8 Yes, LORD, walking in the way of Your laws, we wait for You; Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.
Our Sunday School class once had a discussion about Christians and their propensity or ability to sin. Our teacher does not like to hear a Christian say, “I know that I am going to sin.” On one hand, we do know that all men sin, even Christians. I believe that when most people say that, in effect they are saying, “I will never achieve sinless perfection in this life.” I often make that statement in these devotions. I don’t think we can ever become perfect on earth in this body. Our teacher knows that is true.
The point he wanted to make is that we cannot use that as an excuse for our sins. His thinking is that there is a danger of letting up in our striving to avoid sinning. I totally agree with his point. There are some SSA men and women who are not as diligent in attempting to resist temptation because they have given in over and over, time and time again. Some people have tired of resisting temptation and have allowed themselves to evolve into a cycle of sinning, repenting, confessing, and then repeating the cycle. No Christian should allow himself to get into that vicious cycle.
As the discussion continued in class we eventually came to this conclusion: one of the keys to avoiding that cycle, or in getting freed from it, is that we must change our hearts. We must develop within ourselves a heart’s desire to never sin again. One of any Christian’s tenants should be, “I really, really, don’t want to sin anymore. I want to spend the remainder of my life sinless.” That kind of attitude comes from a heart’s desire for God and His precepts. These three scripture passages from Psalm and Isaiah express that need.
“I desire to do Your will.” “Earth has nothing I desire besides You.” “Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” Of course, we will sin, somewhere along the course of our day, or week, or month. But we will sin far less if our heart’s desire is the same as the Psalmist and Isaiah. We face a grave danger in today’s world; apathy about sin. A few decades ago, a person who conceived a child out of wedlock knew without any doubt that is was a mistake. A man and a woman who lived together without the benefit of marriage were aware that they were outside of God’s will. The man who cheated on his wife was aware of his offense toward God. Divorce was considered to be a desperately last resort for a troubled marriage; it was considered very seriously before going through with it.
It is very different today. The vast majority of people in those situations are not aware that their actions are wrong. What has changed? There are many answers. One is that fewer men and women believe in God. Another is that people have been deceived by today’s message of ‘hyper-grace,’ which has made men believe God would never be so cruel as to hold those sins against mankind. Those are only two of many answers.
Today, we see the world gaining the same attitude about homosexual sins. I would have never dreamed that this attitude could creep into the Christian community. But it is here. A relaxing of biblical truths, a culture of ‘anything goes, and God understands our weaknesses,’ has even crept into Christian society circles. The church has been shamed into remaining silent about sin. We have been cowered into a corner, with the threat of being labeled ‘haters.’ Our voice has been silenced by a world which does not desire to hear God and His word. We must remain true to the word of God. We will not do so if our hearts are not in harmony with the Psalmist and Isaiah. The opposite of a heart’s desire for God is shown in the following passage.
Jas 1:13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
A heart whose number one desire is to sin will indeed sin. A heart whose number one desire is to please his Savior, and obey Him, will be far less likely to sin. In fact, he will sin less often each year of his life. He will see and understand the harm which is done to the Kingdom’s cause, and to His Holy Name. Let us get our hearts in the right attitude about God and sin.
Prayer: Give us a heart which is full of nothing but a 100% desire to adhere to Your word and a desire to sin no more.