Transforming a Wounded Heart

February 19, 2017 Speaker: Richard Rieves Series: Start Weak: His Strength Made Perfect in My Weakness

Passage: Psalm 139:23–139:24

Transforming a Wounded Heart

“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Ps. 139:23-24)!”

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it (1-6).”

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9

“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind (10).”

“Jesus…said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners (Mark 2:17).’”

I. Transformation begins by identifying the wounds of your heart.

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“The work of restoration cannot begin until a problem is fully faced.” Dan Allender

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II. Transformation demands we identify the ways in which protect our wounds.

III. I. Jesus is our transformation as He meets our wounded self with healing, and grace.

“Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:1-6).”

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1. Repent of unbelief that Jesus is enough, that the Father is enough, that the Holy Spirit is enough.
2. Meditate on what God says is true about His love, and acceptance of you.
3. Walk in faith in what God says and believes about you.

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