Understanding the Heart of God by David Cawston

Understanding the Heart of God
David Cawston
Matthew 9:9-13

Introduction:
I am deeply concerned over events in the church world in America that is happening today!

I find that we have become so focused on our selves that even what is happening today in revival movements is centered on self fulfillment.
God bless me!
God give me a new experience!
God meet my needs!

Our search for God has not really been because of our desire to know God but rather from our desire to see what God will do for us.
Some new experience to prove to others that we are special!
Some new high to verify to ourselves our spirituality!
Some new revelation to make us part of the in crowd!

The whole time that we say we are seeking God I question that our motivation has not been pure from a heart to really know God, but rather from a desire to have a new experience!

You say why do you say this?
The evidence speaks for itself!
• Have we really first of all come to know the God of the Word!
Has there been a heightened desire to know God who has first revealed himself to us through His Word!
Any time there was true revival there has been a hunger for the Word!
Illus. Revival under Nehemiah

Neh 8:1-3; 18

1 They told Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded for Israel.
2 So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand.
3 He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.
18 Day after day, from the first day to the last, Ezra read from the Book of the Law of God. (NIV)

• Secondly have we desired to know Him enough to walk in obedience?
The Word brings conviction and change to our living and therefore leads us in His ways!
Illu ...


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