Change My Heart

Posted on 05/21/2017 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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NOBODY LIKE YOU
by Benjamin R. Faust

(There's) Nobody like you Lord
Nobody like you
Nobody like you Lord
You are worthy
(repeat)

You alone are King of Kings
You alone are Lord of Lords
You alone are worthy there is
No one else like you
Every knee on earth will bow
Every tongue confess that you are
Lord above the heavens,
There is no one else like you!


YOUR WORD IS A LAMP
by Benjamin R. Faust

Your Word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path
Your Word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path

No longer do we walk in darkness
No longer do we walk in darkness
No longer do we walk in darkness

For you have called us out of darkness
into your marvelous light
We turn our backs on what is wrong
and choose to do what's right

Your blood is flowing through my veins
to cleanse until all that remains
Is clay that's molded
through the pains of life

Your Spirit blows into these bones
to claim this temple as its home
And starts a fire
that soon becomes a blaze


YOU ARE MY ALL
by Benjamin R. Faust

You are my life
You are my strength
You are my song, Jesus

You are my heart
You are my soul
I want the whole world to know

That you are everything to me
And for all eternity
I will sing your praises

I give you my life
I give you my strength
I give you my song, Jesus

I give you my heart
I give you my soul
For you have made me whole!


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Heavenly Father, I come with a heart that is not always clean or pure. I come with a heart that is not always free. I come with a heart that is not always light. I know that You alone can make me pure, free, and give me a heart that is light of burden, but heavy of love. I ask this one thing, that You do what only You can do with my heart...all of our hearts. Cleanse us and make us new. Wash us so we are as white as snow. Give us wings to fly and love for all. I pray this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Please be seated.

Hello. As I am typing this, I have no title for this fireside chat. I hope to come up with one soon. Well, from the prayer I could call it Change My Heart. So I will.

I listed a lot of things in my prayer. I said my heart was not pure. I said it was not free. I said it was not light. I wanted it to be pure, free, and light of burden, but heavy of love.

I am not perfect in that I still sin. I do things that are wrong. I am human, but I strive for perfection. I WANT to do the right thing at all times. I WANT to say “no” when all that is in me...that flesh man of mine says “yes.”

and I hear this conversation in my mind...I have weird conversations with God in my mind. Don't you? :)

The conversation goes something like this:

I say But I WANT to do that!
Holy Spirit (who is God on the earth today) says Don't do that. You will regret it later.

And I disobey! I do the thing that Holy Spirit tells me not to do! Am I the only one that does that? Do you not disobey God?? Don't tell me I am the only one!!

I am sure that God must get tired of me doing the same bad things over and over. He must shake His head at me.

But that isn't necessarily true. That is just me projecting my thoughts onto God. He does not have the same thoughts or even the same thought pattern as I do! His thoughts are higher than mine!

My thinking that I irritate God somehow means I put Him in the same place as a human. God is not human! He is spirit! He can't be placed in a little itty bitty box. He won't stay there. He won't even FIT there!

What really needs to happen is a heart change. And it isn't God's heart that needs to change! It is ours. Yours and mine! God's heart is just fine the way it is! His heart is pure, it's free, and there is no burden on it. His heart is overflowing with love for His children. Those who are close to Him. Those who are far away. Those who are like the Prodigal Son who just came back home. He loves us all.

How can I not want to change when His love overflows onto me? I want to please Him. I want to allow Him to change my heart.

So God!! Change my heart! Make me like You! Fill me up with Your love for all I need and ever want is You!

So, today and every day let's allow God to change our hearts. To change our hearts so that they are more like Him. We want that, right? We want to be more like God. We want our hearts to overflow with love for God and others.

Let's pray. Father God, as we leave this place to go about our day and week, I ask that we would allow You to change our hearts. That we would allow You to give us hearts like Yours. We want to be like You so that others see You in us and want to know why we are the way we are. I ask that we would strive to always have pure hearts, free hearts, and hearts that are full of love for You and others. I pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.

The altar is here. Come and seek the heart of God. He is always willing to show Himself to us. May we be willing to show ourselves to Him.

If you need prayer or ministry, please message one of us on the staff and we will help you in any way we can.

After this time at the altar, we will have a time of fellowship up the stairs to your left. All are invite to come and join this get-to-know-each-other gathering.

When you need to do so, you are free to leave.

May God bless you this week. May He show you His heart so it can mirror His own.

Go in peace.