Church Enemy #3 – A Matter of the Heart

If enemy #1 is COMPROMISE and enemy #2 is CARNALITY then enemy #3 is CHARACTER. If you missed one and two refer back to blogs posted yesterday and the day before.

Character is the foundation of the truly successful spiritual leader as the root of all success, from God’s vantage point, is the heart. In rejecting Saul and choosing David as king, God made it clear that the person He uses must have the right heart. These two men had both sinned against God in significant ways, but Saul followed his own heart; David followed God’s.

Every believer needs to ask themselves: “What is my first love?” If it is anything but God – His plans and His purpose – then you have a character issue – a matter of the heart. Love leading? Love learning? Love seeing lives changes by the power of the Gospel? None of this matters if your love for God is not greater than any one or all of these “other loves”. We must love the God we work for more than the godly work that we do for Him. If this is not the case then no matter how successful your ministry or your spiritual life looks to others – in God’s eyes it is a complete failure.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”

Christian – maybe it is time to take a good look at yourself. We don’t like doing this because of what we may potentially find. But, it is really healthy to put life on pause once in a while and to spend some time taking a “spiritual invetory” allowing the Holy Spirit to scan your heart and show you anything that may be out of order and about to encroach upon your love for God which must be the primary motivating force in your life. You are looking for any spiritual virus that may shut down your central hard drive (heart). You must “love the Lord your God with all your heart…” and “all” means “all”.

So, take some time to get off the merry-go-round of ministry and life and allow the Spirit of the living God to examine your heart and reveal any areas that need some work or places where you need to be making adjustments to better enable your love relationship to mature more and grow to even greater depths and lengths. This is very important and sadly missing in the lives of most Christians, Christian leaders and churches. And, it is the third enemy of a dynamic and vibrant spiritual life and church.

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