Wednesday, February 9, 2011

God's Grace Targets the Heart

PCC sometimes looks like a hospital or a trauma center. We have asked God to send us broken, hurting people to proclaim the gospel to, and He has. It’s messy work and at times very exhausting. But watching God work in the severely wounded is a beautiful thing.

A key ingredient to anyone recovering from the effects of sin is an understanding of what the problem really is. Everyone knows there is something wrong in the world, but unfortunately usually misdiagnose their own problem.

There is a reason why you lack patience. There is a reason you are always tearing down other women and why you feel the need to point out their flaws. There is a reason why you have explosive anger and a hair trigger. There is a reason why you have a substance abuse problem. There is a reason why your life is what it is.

The reason? You have a wicked, idolatrous heart. "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9).

If you simply try to treat the symptoms of your behavior without addressing your heart as the source of those problems, you’ll never see sin mortified in your life. If you want to get well, recover, overcome sin, and live a victorious life, start by looking deep within yourself. That’s where the problem is. You need heart surgery, not oinment applied to the surface.

God’s grace targets the heart to demolish idols and mortify sin.

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