Intro: According to Scripture, the “heart” is defined as the core of one’s life; one’s entire emotional nature and understanding. The “heart” is the center of spiritual activity, but it is also at the core of operations in human life. Because of sin, broken and estranged is the human state of the “heart” apart from the restorative work of Jesus the Christ [Savior]. The “heart” is deceitful, desperately wicked, and [without God] is beyond cure [Jer 17:9]. That is why we must repent from evil and turn to obey, apply, and hide the Word of God in our “hearts” [Ps 119:11]. The Word helps us guard our “hearts,” because everything we do flows from it [Prov 4:23].
As a nation, we mourn the loss of 21 human beings killed on Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas. What caused this young man to rob, kill, and destroy these lives? According to Scripture, the underlying truth is deception and evil hiding in the “heart.” Sure, there may be more details about this mass killing that will be uncovered, but the fundamental issue that motivated this act is found in the godless state of the human “heart.”
In our passage today, the angel of the Lord speaks to the Apostle John who is reminding us the Lord will return suddenly and unexpectedly for his Church. For the people of God, we are to have no other gods but the Most High (Ex 20:3-5). We are to be loving God with all our hearts, soul [personality], and minds (Mat 22:37). May believers worldwide stay focused on obeying the Word and worshiping Yahweh as we proclaim now is the time to find salvation in Christ. We are beginning to experience a harvest of the “hearts.” If you have never done so, please invite Jesus into your heart…
Revelation 22:6-9 NLT
6 Then the angel said to me, “Everything you have heard and seen is trustworthy and true. The Lord God, who inspires his prophets, has sent his angel to tell his servants what will happen soon [suddenly].”
Jesus Is Coming
7 “Look, I am coming soon [suddenly]! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book [scroll].”
8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw all these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me. 9 But he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers the prophets, as well as all who obey what is written in this book. Worship only God!”
Prayer of Salvation: Lord, I confess my sin against the authority of your Word and ask for you to forgive me. Please come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. Holy Spirit take control of my life and walk with me each day. I want to taste your goodness and see the salvation of my mind, will, and emotions. Take the broken places and heal me with your perfect love. Help me to tell others about your gift of salvation in Christ. I worship you Almighty God; there is none like you! In Jesus’ name. Amen.