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Lesson 13: June 23-29

‘Give Me thine heart’

 

MEMORY VERSE: ‘For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.’ Exodus 34:14.

COMPILER’S NOTE: Jealousy is a negative emotion and it troubles Christians that ‘Jealous’ is a name for God. God, however, made all things, has given us all things, love and life and care, and it is insulting to Him to offer Him a divided response. By contrast, this is one reason why Jesus, our example, came from the line of David.  He, like David, sang, ‘I will praise Thee with My whole heart, I will show forth Thy marvellous works.’ Psalm 9:1. And so should we.

LESSON AIM: As our duty is to praise Him, serve Him, love Him with the whole heart, we must be clear what the Bible means by “the whole heart”. Without this understanding, we will be unable to serve our God aright.

 

Introduction

 

‘“I the Lord thy God am a jealous God,” is thundered from Sinai. No partial obedience, no divided interest, is accepted by Him.’ Testimonies, volume 4, page 249.

‘The Lord accepts no divided heart. He wants the whole man. He made all there is of man. He offered a complete sacrifice to redeem the body and soul of man. That which He requires of those whom He has created and redeemed, is summed up in these words, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.... Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” God will accept nothing less than this.’ Special Testimonies on Education, page 83.

 

‘With my whole heart’

 

1. How does the Bible describe our whole being? Psalm 119:2.

NOTE: ‘I saw that no half-hearted work in this matter is accepted of God. He wants the whole heart and interest, or He will have none.’ The Adventist Home, page 355.

 

2. What does God ask us to do with our heart? Proverbs 23:26.

NOTE: ‘The life of Daniel and his fellows is a demonstration of what He will do for those who yield themselves to Him and with the whole heart seek to accomplish His purpose.’ A Call to Stand Apart, page 57.

‘Pre-established habits and ideas must be overcome in many cases, before we can make advancement in religious life. The faithful Christian will bear much fruit; he is a worker; he will not lazily drift, but will put on the whole armour to fight the battles of the Lord. The essential work is to conform the tastes, the appetite, the passions, the motives, the desires, to the great moral standard of righteousness. The work must begin at the heart. That must be pure, wholly conformed to Christ’s will, else some master passion, or some habit or defect, will become a power to destroy. God will accept of nothing short of the whole heart.’ Christian Education, page 50.

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