In this message, we learn how the condition of our heart determines the quality of our life.
Alright. Hey, everybody. Welcome to Valley Creek Church. Hey, I am so glad that you are here with us today. We want to give a big welcome to all of our campuses, our Denton campus, our Venue campus, our Flower Mound campus, and everybody who’s watching online. Wherever you are in the world, we are so glad that you are here with us today. And we’re going to be finishing our series called, Reset. For the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about putting life back in order. And we’ve played off of the analogy of technology. That no matter what technology you have, at some point, it goes wonky. It gets fuzzy. It gets out of order. And you press the reset button, and everything goes back to factory standards and settings. And it’s good again. And so, let me just remind you of where we’ve been. We said the theme verse for this series is Galatians 5:7.
Well, Paul writes to the church, and he says, “Hey, you were running a good race. Who cut in on you?” Just like, “Hey, your life was going so well. You were heading in the right direction. Things were so good. But what happened? You’ve tripped. You’ve fallen. Things have gotten fuzzy and out of order, and wonky. You need to press the reset button.” And so, we started week one. And we said that Jesus was the reset, and He is the reset. That at any point in time in your life, you can press control, alt, delete. Confess, repent and respond. And anything can be reset. And then, the second week, we talked about resetting our vision. We said that it’s more important to have a vision to become someone than to do something. And we gave everybody a shirt. And we said we’re Jesus-focused spirit-filled life-giving people. So, let’s reset our vision according to becoming who God has created us to be. And then, the third week, we talked about worry. We said, “Let’s reset our worry because there are always more that are for us than are against us. So, we don’t have to worry.” And then, last week, we talked about relationships.
And we said, the highest form of worship is to reset the relationships in our lives. Because relationships are the most important thing to God. And so, I hope as we’ve been going through this series, you’ve been resetting some things along the way in your life. Because reset leads to reset. When you start understanding what can be, you’re no longer willing to settle for what is. When you know what God offers you, you no longer want what the world has. And you think, “Why didn’t I do this years ago?” And so, I hope somewhere along the way, you’ve been pressing reset. Because I’ve told you, this isn’t just a sermon series. I believe this is a divine invitation, a prophetic moment in time for our church for you to reset some things. And I want to close it together today by finishing up the series. And today’s a little bit different. There’s a little bit more teaching than I normally do. So, you’re going to have to track with me. You’re going to have to choose to engage your faith. Because I believe this is the most important reset of all. I want to talk about resetting our hearts. You see, I think our hearts, more than anything else, go wonky.
I don’t know about you, but it’s scary in here. It’s okay to admit it in your own life. It’s scary in here. We don’t know much about our hearts. We don’t talk about our hearts. We’re not in tune with our hearts. We don’t really think much about — when was the last time someone that came up to you and said, “Hey, man. How’s your heart doing?” You’re like, “Bro, back away.” I just am not going to — we don’t talk about our hearts, I think in particular, because we live in a city that is consumed with outward appearance. It’s all about our hair and our makeup, and our clothes, and our nails, and our car, and our job title, and our activities, and our awards, and what house we live in, and what neighborhood we’re in. And all that kind of stuff. We live in an area that is consumed with outward appearance. And, man, we look awesome. Anyone who want to agree with that? We look awesome. But our hearts are a mess. We’re alive, but we’re not living.
And we do a really good job of fooling everyone around us. But you can’t fool your own heart. I mean, Proverbs 4:23, Solomon, one of the wisest men to ever live on the face of the earth, he writes to us. And he says, “Above all else, make sure your life looks really good.
It’s what he says in my Bible. How about yours? “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Solomon, one of the wisest people to ever live, to ever walk this earth, writes to us. And he says, “Above all else,” above all things in your life, make sure you get this one thing right. “Guard your heart, for it’s the wellspring of life.” In other words, he says, “The condition of your heart will always determine the quality of your life.” Your heart guides your life. And if we would put half of the effort into our hearts that we do, into our outward appearance, we would be healthy people, man. We would be free. It would be amazing. You understand your heart is who you are. Your body is simply the container.
Your heart is you. When you say, “Who am I?” Your heart is you. Your body is simply the container. Think of your phone. Who cares about the phone case? The phone case is the container. The phone is what matters. And when your phone goes wonky, you don’t go get a prettier phone case. You press reset on the phone. Yes?
Okay. It’s what you do with your heart. When your life goes wonky, you don’t go and make your outward appearance look even better. You press reset in your heart. You have to understand, it doesn’t matter how good you look. What matters is how alive your heart is.
1 Samuel 16:7, God says, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. The man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I think God looks down at us, and He says, “Hey, all you all.” It’s I think He would say it. “Hey, all you all.” Last week was Canadian. This week, I’ll bring it back to Texas. Okay?
“Hey, all you all, you’re all consumed about the container. What I care about is what’s in here.” We’re consumed with our circumstances. What God cares about is the condition of our hearts. And so, I want to ask you the question, the godly relationships in your life should be asking you. How is your heart? How’s your heart? Are you tending it? Are you taking care of it? Are you guarding it? Is it becoming healthier? And I want you to hear me. I’m not talking about the person you think, “Oh, they should be in this message right now.” I’m talking about you. How’s your heart? And I think the truth is, a lot of us will like, “I don’t really know.” Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is wicked and deceitful, and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” It flat out says, “Our heart deceives us. We can’t even understand our own heart.” So, sometimes, we’re like, “I don’t know how my heart is.” Well, just like your physical heart has different chambers that a doctor can look at to get a diagnostic.
There’s some things that God shows us in Scripture that we can look at to see how our heart is actually doing. And so, you feel free to take whatever notes you want in this. It’s a little bit of teaching. But man, I think God wants to set you free in some things. So, when I ask you, “How’s your heart?” Here’s how you can know. First thing is, just listen to your words. Listen to your words. Matthew 12:34, Jesus says, “The mouth speaks out of the overflow of the heart.” Whatever is coming out of your mouth is revealing what’s going on inside of here. Your mouth betrays your heart every single time. Had you ever say something and then you regret it later? And you’re like, “I’m sorry, that wasn’t me”? Actually, it was. Because the words that are coming out of your mouth, Jesus says, are actually a revelation of what’s really happening inside of here. So, listen to your words. Are your words full of negativity and criticism, and judgment, and condemnation, and anger, and hatred, and sarcasm? Are your words full of faith, hope and love? It tells you a lot about in here. Second thing I would tell you if you want to know about your heart is just look at your behaviors.
At Matthew 12:35, Jesus says, “The good man brings the good things out of the good stored up in him. And the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.” Jesus flat out tells us, “Hey, whatever is in your heart, it’s going to turn into your behaviors.” Your heart drives your hands. So, all you have to do is look at the behaviors in your life. And it’ll tell you a lot about your heart. So, I would ask you, are your behaviors full of serving and loving, and caring? Or are they full of apathy and resentment, and anger, and bitterness? Just look at your behaviors. They’ll tell you about what’s happening in here. The next thing I would say is, consider your generosity. Matthew 6:21, Jesus says, “Wherever your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” He flat out tells us that wherever you’re putting your treasure in your life, your heart follows and attaches itself to that thing. So, if you want to know about your heart, just look at where your money goes. If your money goes to the things of this world, to your own self, to your own selfishness and self-desires, and all those different kinds of things, then that’s where your heart has run and attached itself to that.
But if your money is going to God, in worship, into His kingdom, into His church, into His purposes, into being generous, to helping hurting people, then boom. That’s where your heart is. So, look at your checkbook. And it’ll tell you about your heart. The next thing I would tell you is, just be honest with your feelings. John 14:1, “Do not let your hearts to be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me.” Jesus flat out says that when we trust in Him, our hearts won’t be troubled. So, if your heart is anxious and burdened, and heavy, and weighty, it’s telling you about the condition of your heart. And the last thing is this, just ask God. Psalm 139, David says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart,” because I don’t get a clue what’s going on inside of there. “Test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there’s anything offensive in me. And lead me in the way everlasting.” In other words, God, I’m not really sure. I’m just going to ask you. Can you point out the unhealthy parts of my heart?
And if you’re anything like me, when you go through that quick diagnostic, all of a sudden, you realize, “I need to reset some things.” And what’s interesting about the heart is only God can reset it. Here’s what I need you to catch. Everything we’ve talked about in this series up into this point, you get to press the reset button. But when it comes to the heart, only God can press the reset button of your heart. You get to determine what you think. You can, through sheer will and determination, change your behaviors. But you cannot change your heart. And you know it. You can’t make yourself love someone. You can’t make yourself feel a certain way. You can’t make yourself get over the shame of your past. You can’t get rid of that junk that you want out of there. And you can’t put the good things that you want in there. And you know it. You can’t change your heart. Only He can. It’s like a cable box or a credit card, or a new phone. You got to get the activation signal sent to get that thing to turn on and turn over.
And so, we can’t reset our own hearts. But we can certainly position them in a way for God to press the reset button in us. Are you with me on that so far? So, here’s some ways we need to reset our hearts. First thing is this. Invite Jesus to heal the broken parts of your heart. Invite Jesus to heal the broken parts of your heart. A broken world breaks hearts. And this broken world is so good at breaking hearts. It destroys our relationships. It erases our dreams. It takes our passion. It rarely meets our expectations. It leaves us battered and bruised. I mean, John 10:10, Jesus says, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. But I’ve come that you might have life and have it to the full.” In other words, He flat out says, “Satan’s whole goal is to steal your affection, kill your heart and destroy your faith.” And boy, is he so good at it. And so, he breaks our heart. And then, we walk through this world with broken hearts. And that becomes our new norm.
And what’s amazing about humanity is humanity is really good at compensating. If you watch the Paralympics at all, these people are amazing. They have some disability. They’re missing a leg or both legs, or an arm, or both arms, or whatever it is. But through their determination, they compensate for that disability and do incredible things. You see these guys in wheelchairs. They have no legs. But man, their arms are massive. And they can do incredible feat. So, they have no arms. But they’ve worked out their legs. And they can fly. They’ve learned to compensate for their disability. We do that with our hearts. In fact, the more you’re concerned about your outward appearance, the more you’re trying to compensate for an unhealthy heart. Extremes reveal unhealth. So, when you’re so consumed about how you look and what your appearance is, and what people think about you, and what award you won, and what house you live in, it’s showing you that’s unhealthy. Because you’re trying to compensate for brokenness inside your heart.
That’s not what Jesus wants for you. He came to resurrect your life by healing your heart. I mean, listen to me. When He hung on the cross and He took his last breath and breathe out, the last thing they did to Him was shove a spear in His side. Literally, they shoved a spear into His heart. Jesus’ heart was literally broken so yours could be made whole. They put a hard spear into a soft heart so your hard heart could be made soft. Bible says, “He carried our sorrows to the cross so that your broken heart could be made whole.” So, the question is this. Where is your heart broken? Is it in a relationship? A trauma? A tragedy? A loss? Your past? Rejection? Pain? Where is your heart broken? Have you invited Him into that brokenness? You see, a lot of us, we just want to say, “Yeah, yeah. I’m good. I’m just going to move on.” And we bury that thing. But when you bury emotions, you bury them alive. And they will eventually resurrect and come back at the least opportune time.
I mean, have you ever heard anybody say something like this, “Time heals all wounds”? That’s a lie. Jesus heals all wounds. And until you let Him heal them — We’re slow today. That’s okay. Until you let Him heal them, you walk around with scar tissue and a broken heart. Now, listen to me. Just because you walk with God doesn’t mean you won’t experience pain. It’s a fallacy. I mean, read the Bible. Look at Joseph. He’s sold by his brothers to slave traders, tossed into a pit, taken to Egypt. He’s a slave. He is a man full of integrity. He’s falsely accused, thrown into prison where he’s rotting. You want to talk about a broken heart? Or how about David who served Saul. He’s a great soldier, a great servant. He just wants to be a good soldier for his master, Saul. And yet, Saul goes crazy and wants to kill him and chases him for 10 years. David has to live in rocks and caves, and holes, and hide out in the desert. You want to talk about a broken heart?
How about Moses? Moses is going to lead two million people that don’t want to be led from Egypt to Israel. I’ll just tell you right now, that’s a broken heart. And everybody that’s led anything in their life says amen to that business. And then, he’s got these people. He’s depressed. He’s discouraged. And he doesn’t even get to get in the promised land in the end. Broken heart. Or how about Peter? He betrays Jesus, his best friend, three times to a servant girl. The rooster crows, Jesus has gone. In John 21, he’s sitting alone in a fishing boat defeated and discouraged, broken heart. It’s over. But they let Jesus heal their heart. Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.” When your heart is broken, it’s when you’re the most aware of His presence. Psalm 147:3 says, “The Lord heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” 2 Corinthians 1 says, “He is the God of all comfort and all compassion.” God wants to heal the brokenness of your heart.
And not only does our heart get broken by the brokenness of this world, a lot of our hearts are broken because we’ve been disappointed by God or disappointed with God, or in God. You fill in the word. God didn’t do what we thought He should have done. So, we’re disappointed. Again, read the Bible. Look at the story of Lazarus. He dies, and Jesus shows up a few days later. And Mary hits her knees when Jesus shows up. And she says, “Lord, if you just would have been here, he wouldn’t have died.” Talk by disappointment. Or how about the widow whose only son dies? And they’re carrying him out in a funeral procession. And here comes Jesus walking into town. And she looks at Him, I got to think she’s thinking, “Why didn’t you come days ago? You could have averted all of this for me”? Or Zacchaeus who’s born with a physical disability, an issue with his height. And I got to think he’s thinking, “God, why did you make me this way to have to deal with all this?” Or Mary when she’s at the empty tomb where the resurrected Christ is gone, and Jesus has left her.
“Why did you leave me?” Or Paul, who can heal everyone in the world except the thorn in his own flesh? How about you? Where have you been disappointed with God? The problem is, is when we get disappointed with God, we start to shut Him out. We shut out the only one who can actually heal our hearts. We want to know why. Well, the lack of understanding is an invitation to trust in the goodness of God. Genesis 50:20, “What you intended for harm, God intended for good.” Romans 8:28, “My God will work together for the good all things for those who love Him who’ve been called according to His purposes.” Or Job, who had more of a broken heart than any person in this room. In Job 13:15, he says, “Though He slay me, I trust Him still.” Disappointment with God is an invitation to invite Him into your life, into a deeper way, to go to a deeper place with God. Don’t let one experience determine your theology or shut off your heart to the one who can heal you.
Romans 5:5 says, “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” He wants to pour his love into your broken heart to make it healed and whole. We’ve already said in Jeremiah 17:9 that you don’t even understand your own heart. And so, it’s in the moments you avoid where the junk inside you is actually revealed. So, God will take you to the places you don’t want to be and to show you what’s inside of here, so He can make you whole. He won’t always do what you want Him to do. But He will always do what you need Him to do. I mean, just this week in my life, my heart was hurt in some different ways. And some junk got revealed to me that I was shocked that it came out. I had no idea it was in there. But that’s the goodness of God. It’s an invitation for healing. Listen, hurt to the heart is like pain to the body. It’s an invitation to say, “Hey, let’s do something about this.” Because you don’t want to keep your hand on that flame very much longer. And you don’t want to let your heart sit like this very much longer. Okay?
A broken heart lives a defeated life. So, maybe we should press reset. Are you with me on that? This is hard work. I know it’s not the favorite. But it’s important. Second thing is this. Invite Jesus to soften the hard parts of your heart. A hard world hardens hearts. And if you just look at the people around you in life, they’re so hard. And it’s scary to me how fast our hearts can go hard. And while you can’t soften your own heart, you can stop doing the things that make it harder. Here’s how you harden your heart. First thing is sin. Hebrews 3:12, “So, see to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart and turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” He flat out says ongoing, unrepentant, willful sin hardens your heart.
That thing you think is no big deal, that thing you constantly compromise, that thing you think no one else knows about or cares about, the Bible tells us every time you engage in it, it makes your heart just a little bit harder. And Romans 1 tells us, “Eventually, your heart will get so hard that you’ll sear off your conscience, and you can become completely immune to God Himself.” Okay? So, sin. Second thing is doubt. Doubt hardens your heart. Mark 6, talking about the disciples. “They had not understood about the loaves. Their hearts were hardened.” Jesus just multiplied the bread and the loaves to feed 5,000 people. They get in a boat, storm catches up. They start panicking and freaking out. And Jesus says, “Hey, look. What’s going on with you, guys? Don’t you believe who I am, what I just did? And what I promised you I will do?” But because they doubted, their hearts got harder. Every time you don’t believe Jesus is who He says He is, did what He said He did, and will do what He says He will do, your heart gets a little bit harder. Third thing is disobedience. Hebrews 3:15, “As has been said, today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”
He says, “Hey, when you hear God’s voice and He asks you to do something, and you refuse to do it, your heart gets a little harder.” Unused revelation is probably one of the most dangerous things in the church today. We know what God has asked us to do. We just refuse to do it. So, our heart gets harder. And I’ll talk more about that in a few minutes. And then, the last thing, and this is a big one, self-protection. Ezekiel 36, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees, and be careful to keep my laws.” Here’s what God says. He says, “Before you met Jesus, you had a heart of stone.” But the moment you meet Jesus, He takes the hardest stone out of you, throws it on the ground, and gives you a heart of flesh, brand-new, soft heart. But it’s really hard to keep a soft heart in a hard world. In a world that bites and pricks, and scratches, and claws, and tears, it is so hard to keep a soft heart in a hard world. And so, we build walls.
The very stone got pulled out of us and threw on the ground, we start picking it back up and building these walls around our soft heart in order to protect us. That’s why it’s really hard to find a soft heart in an old body. Because the more you’ve walked through life, the bigger your wall becomes. The only problem with the wall is, is the same wall that keeps you from getting hurt also keeps you from receiving love. If pain can’t get into your life, then neither can love. And you can only be loved to the level that you’re known. And so, when you make these big walls, build these big walls around you, you know no one really knows you. And love can’t get in, so you never feel loved. So, the question I would ask you is this. It’s like, who knows your whole story? Not bits of your story. Not pieces of your story. Who knows your whole story? And who has access in here to really get in there and talk to you about this? A vulnerable heart is actually a healthy heart.
Jesus had the most vulnerable heart ever. And I think we could all agree He had the healthiest heart ever. But it takes courage to tear down those walls and invite people in. And so, what we do is we numb. But listen to me. God didn’t give you a new heart so you could spend your life numbing it.
Come on. That’s not the point. But that’s what we do. We numb it with Netflix and Facebook, and work, and wine, and activities, and staying shallow. We numb it because we don’t want to feel the pain, baby. It makes us build this wall. So, you build a wall. And then, you look at it. And you think it’s awesome, so you decorate it. You take pride in it. You show everyone it. It starts to define you. And what was meant for self-protection becomes a self-imposed prison. So, Adam and Eve. The moment they sinned, it says they were naked and ashamed. They were afraid, so they hid. And thus, started the first cycle of shame, fear and control. They were ashamed. They were afraid. So, they controlled their situation to protect their heart by hiding.
It’s what we do. Our hearts are ashamed and afraid, so we control. And you control in a variety of different ways. You can control by pressing it in or by pulling back. You can control through sarcasm or through humor. You can control by what you give or by what you take. You can control by being controlling or you can control by being controlled. Does that make sense? You can control in any different ways. And the older you get, the more pronounced that thing becomes. Because now, you become so accustomed to the wall that you use to protect yourself. So, the question I would ask you is, are you in tune with your own pattern? Because until you become in tune with that pattern, and I’m telling you, the older you get, the more obvious it is. And you need Godly relationships to say, “Bro, that’s your pattern.” You keep living in bondage with a hard heart. But listen, it’s totally possible to have a soft heart in the hard world. Jesus did it. And He experienced pain from people like no one in this room. His family called Him crazy. They said He had a demon called Beelzebub.
The crowd wanted to throw Him off a cliff. He was betrayed by Judas with a kiss. His friends rejected Him when He needed him the most. And yet, He took all the pain of the people, and He took it to His father. Because the Father’s love is always greater than the pain of people. So, He kept a soft heart in a hard world. You can too. The truth is, a soft heart feels more pain than a hard heart. But it experiences more life than a hard heart. Don’t let the pain of people keep you from the Father’s love. Okay? A hard heart lives a loveless life. So, maybe we need to reset. And then, the last thing is this. Invite Jesus to revive the cold parts of your heart. A cold world cools heart. This world is really good at squinching your passion and your love. Look at young people. Do you know what I love about our church? It’s full of young people. And you just look at them, and they’re ready to go. They got passion and ambition, and faith, and hope, and love. “Let’s go take the world.”
And then, you look at people that are a little bit older, and not so much. Right? I mean, that’s what the world does to you. Listen, Revelation 2, talking to the church at Ephesus. This is the only church out of all the letters to the churches that isn’t rebuked for anything. There is no, “You’re running a good race. Who cut in on you?” To the Ephesians, they were killing it. They loved God. Their challenge was, find even more of the love of God because it’s so deep. And here’s what he says to him. “Yet, I hold this against you. You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen. Repent and do the things you did at first.” He says their flame went out. The passion went gone. Their hearts grew colder. And He gives them some great instructions. He says, “Remember, repent and do the things you did at first.” Think of a new bride versus an old bride. A new bride when she’s married, oh, her husband is awesome. He can’t do anything wrong. He hung the moon. She just looks at him with those googly eyes.
And then, life happens, and not so much anymore. What’s happened? Hearts gone cold. And so, what would we counsel a wife? We would say, “Remember, repent and do the things you did at first. Remember why you fell in love in the first place. Repent. Change some of your thoughts. And then, do the things you did at first. Go for walks. Look in each other’s eyes. Talk about anything and everything. All of that stuff.” Okay, we’re the bride of Christ. And when we first meet Jesus, He’s awesome. We want to be in everything all the time with Him and all of this stuff. And then, life happens. And the flame goes out. So, maybe you need to remember, repent. Do the things you did at first. You see, I think for a lot of us sitting in this room, your pilot light has gone out. And when the pilot light goes out, it doesn’t matter how much fuel is thrown into your heart. Nothing will ignite. God can bring dreams and revelation, and vision, and opportunities, and relationships, and invitations, amazing things.
But if you have no pilot light, it doesn’t matter how much fuel comes into your heart. Nothing will trigger and catalyze that thing. And the reason the pilot light goes out is because something else has caught our affection. So, what holds your affection? What’s captured your heart? How about this? Who sits on the throne of your heart? Because until it’s Jesus, your heart will always be cold, and your life will always be out of order. 1 John 2 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, it’s because the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world, the cravings of the sinful man, the lust of his eyes, the boasting of what he has and does comes not from the Father but from the world.” Here’s what he says, when your heart is not full of the love of the Father, it will be full with love for the world. The only problem is, is the world will never satisfy the desires inside of you. It’s like a kid. They always want the next toy. They get it for five minutes, throw them behind them, and they want the next one.
So, maybe you need to ask Him to capture your heart again. Because if the love of the Father is in your heart, the love of the world won’t be there. Pilot light turns on, and everything catches fire. Do you remember David in 2 Samuel 11? Here’s David, and he needs a heart reset. This is the man after God’s own heart, David. Okay? He’s tired of fighting battles. He’s got everything the world has to offer, this massive kingdom. And yet, his heart is broken. It’s hard, and it’s cold. And so, one night on his palace, he sees this beautiful woman bathing. He finds out about her, calls are over. It’s Bathsheba. He sleeps with her. She gets pregnant. It goes from bad to worse. Now, he’s got to figure out how to respond to it. And you realize how hard and how cold his heart is when he has her husband killed without thinking twice about it. And a little while goes by.
And all of a sudden, David hits this point where he realizes how messed up his heart is. And in Psalm 51, he cries out to God, “Create in me a pure heart, Oh, God.” Please, press reset in my heart. “And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” He says, “God, I understand my heart is so messed up. I don’t even know what to do. You need to press reset though because I can’t do it myself. So, create in me a pure heart.” And what we learned from David is that there is no heart too far gone for Jesus to reset. And what I want you to hear is you don’t have to have a Bathsheba moment in order to have a David prayer. You should pray that prayer the moment anything is going on in your heart.
At any time, any place. Revelation 3:20, He says, “Behold, I stand at the door of your heart and knock. If you open up the door and let me in, I’ll come and eat with you and you with me.” But He only goes where He’s welcomed and He’s wanted. So, He’ll never force his way in to press reset in your heart. You have to ask Him to. You see, here’s what I think. I think our hearts are like a knotted shoelace. And as you go through life, more and more knots start happening. Until there’s really nothing left in our heart but knots. Every broken relationship, every sinful moment, every disobedience and unused revelation, and the thing the world stole from us, and disappointment with God, there’s nothing left. And we want to show up to one church service and just mysteriously have all the knots come out. Like my kids, they come to me, “Daddy, my shoe is a mess. Can you untie these?” And they’re waiting. Like, “Come on dad.” I’m like, “You got like 90 knots here. It’s going to take me a while.”
You have to work through each one of them backwards. Jesus wants to work through the knots of your heart. But you have to let Him. And the truth is, is the heart work is the most painful work. But it’s also the most freeing work. There are parts of your heart that you don’t even know exist. You are deeper than you know that you are. Most of us stay in the shallows for most of our life because it’s comfortable, convenient and safe. But you understand, there’s no treasures in the shallows. The treasures are in the depths of the ocean. And so, rule number one of scuba diving is no one dives alone.
Don’t dive into your heart alone. Get a godly relationship, and go diving. Because that’s where the treasures are. And God’s going to show you something in your heart that you didn’t even know was there. It is impossible to have a fulfilling life with an unhealthy heart. Try it. Have fun. And some of you are looking at me you’re like, “I do try it. I know.” That’s why your life stinks. I didn’t think that was funny, if that’s funny to you.
It’s true though. And the fact, if you’re sitting here and you’re resisting everything I’m saying, it shows you how hard your heart is. If there’s not an ounce of you that’s leaning into God in this moment, it’s revelation for you to say, “Wow. My heart is way harder than I thought.” Because when Jesus starts resetting your heart, you know it’s resetting because you’ll start to think like He thinks, feel like He feels, love like He loves, has the compassion He has, same compassion He has. Why? Because He gives us His heart. He’s the factory setting. So, hear me. I’ve been so burden for you in this series because this is not a series.
Every sermon series we go through has a tone. Some are just to inform. Some are to inspire. Some are to teach you some things. Okay. The tone of this series is a prophetic invitation from God Himself. And if you do not respond to it, if you don’t reset anything in any way after all of this, you understand your heart just got that much harder. And the next time around the pass, it will be even harder to press the reset button. Why? Because disobedience makes your heart harder. Unused Revelation says, “God, I’m not all that interested in you. Thank you very much.” What happens? You cut off a little bit more from God. So, it becomes that much harder to press the reset button. So, please, for me, if not for yourself, do something with this. Reset anything. One thing as a sign of faith to say, “God I’ve heard your invitation to me. And I’m going to respond in some way.”
Acts 3:19 says, “Repent, then, and turn to God.” Press reset. “Your sins will be wiped out, and times of refreshing will come from the Lord.” Let’s go back to the factory settings. Let’s let Him put our life back into order. Let’s things let coming back into alignment the way that they’re supposed to be. You just have to be willing to invite Him in and press the reset button. So, close your eyes with me. And let me just ask you, what is the Holy Spirit saying to you today? Did you realize just about every weekend when I say this to you, I say, “What’s the Holy Spirit saying to you?” And then, I’ll say something like this like, “What’s God saying in your heart?” Because that’s where He speaks. And so, the problem is, is when our hearts shut off from the one who wants to set us free, we don’t find freedom or healing, or wholeness.
What is He revealing to you today about your heart? Let Him heal those broken pieces. Let Him soften that stuff that’s gotten so hard. And let Him turn the pilot light back on. That you might live life again. When we talk about reset, the whole thing starts first with just salvation in Jesus. If you’re here today and you’ve never started a relationship with Him, it’s as simple as saying, “Jesus, I believe in you. And I ask you to reset my whole life. That you died on the cross for me. You took all of my sin. Your heart was broken, so mine could be made whole.
And so, today, Jesus, I put my faith and my trust in you. I invite you into my heart, into my life. Give me a heart of flesh instead of a heart of stone. And I may live.” And if that’s you, you’ve just crossed from death to life, new beginnings. You got a reset. Your life for the first time is now in order. And if that’s you after service, we want to give you a special gift to just help you walk out that relationship with Jesus. Before everyone else, are you going to respond to this reset invitation? Oh, there’s times I wish I could do it for you. But I can’t. All I can do is bring you the breadcrumb trails to the feet of Jesus and say, He loves you more than you know. He wants to heal you more than you want to be healed.
He wants to free you more than you want to be freed. And He wants to show you the treasures deep inside of your heart. But you have to welcome Him in. So, Lord Jesus, I just pray that we would have the courage and the strength to be people that reset our lives with you. May we not let this moment in time go by, just go back to life and show up next week for a new sermon series. But may we have responded to you in some way that some little step of faith to respond to your invitation in our life would start putting some things back in order. And that we would say, “I need you, Jesus. I need you, Jesus.” Thank you that you love us so much that you’d give us divine invitations and prophetic moments in time that change our destiny. Here’s my picture.
I think God is already starting to unknot some of those knots in your heart. One knot at a time. The laces are getting longer. Life is coming back. Let Him keep working through it. With each one, it’ll feel a little more painful, but you’ll have a little bit more freedom. So, Lord Jesus, reset our hearts. Reset our lives. We love you. In your name we pray, amen.