It’s A Heart Issue, Part 12, Matthew 5:28


Matthew 5:28 (NKJV): But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Jesus really is going after where our problem lies, in our hearts. He says here of course if one looks at another, with thoughts in their heart of lust, has already committed adultery. If we really think about what He is saying, it is true, fantasy in our hearts will play havoc in our lives. We start to become distant from our spouse. We start thinking and possibly start pursuing this other person. We are no longer involved in making our relationship work. That is a problem.

Another thing we need to see here is that it’s not just in our marriages that this is a problem. Most of the time, we find that we want bigger and better things. We want the faster, fancier car. We want the bigger house. And it can be anything in our lives. What we end up doing is putting ourselves into debt getting these things. The next thing we know, we are more focused on paying for these things than in being involved in others’ lives. This is a problem.

Exploring these things of our heart, we should see that these are the things that directly affect our relationship with Christ. We no longer have tine to spend with Him. We start to distance ourselves because of guilt or because we are chasing after the bigger, better things. However, we need to recognize these for what they are, they are distractions.

Remember, God is Jealous. Not in an evil way, but in a Loving Way. He wants our complete devotion. He wants to Work in our lives to show us more of Who He is. Through His Work, He will show others His Love for them.

Are you being distracted with things or others? Are you lusting for things that will keep you from Growing with Him? Then Flee from it all. Run to Him. Ask Him for Forgiveness and for Strength. After all, He has bigger and better things for us than things that will rust, burn or hurt us. His Love is much better than anything of this world.

We will continue  be looking at the Sermon on The Mount. Although,  we need Jesus to bring us back into A Relationship with God The Father, The Sermon on The Mount deals with Heart Issues which is what we should look at when learning to have that Relationship with God.
If we are to please God, we need to allow The Holy Spirit to set us apart. We need to pursue a sinless life. We are to seek Righteousness. How do we do it? Through prayer, study, fellowship, being willing to be corrected/accountability, discipleship, and service.

It starts with Our Relationship with Jesus. If you don’t have a Relationship with Him or you need to rekindle that Relationship, do it now. Call out to Him and seek his Love and Forgiveness. It really is as hard or easy as you make it.

We should look to Him daily to seek a relationship with Him. I want to encourage you to seek Him today, if you haven’t already. If you need help, have questions or need direction in this regard, please, feel free to let me know.

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Any scripture referenced here is taken from New King James Version (NKJV) unless otherwise noted

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Mark is a US Army Veteran and has called Albuquerque home since 1997. He earned degrees at Albuquerque Bible College, and Faith Evangelical Seminary before attending the Shepherd’s School at Cross Christian Fellowship. He has felt a calling to start a church along Route 66, in Albuquerque to reach others for Christ. Mark has had struggles with addictions, drugs, alcohol and other things, in the past. He has recovered from them, with Christ and has a desire to help others with them as well. He has a desire to setup a recovery home in Albuquerque, or nearby, to help others in the recovery process as well as help them gain some job skills and learn to have personal interactions with others. Mark grew up in traditional churches. He did not find the true meaning of having a Relationship with Jesus. At the age of 31, after hearing a Pastor talk about this Relationship, he rededicated his life to Jesus and started on a path for ministry. You can check out Recovery In Action Ministries FaceBook Page for more info on Recovery issues. Mark has been married to his wife Rebecca since 2005. Together they have four boys between them. They minister together to help others grow in their relationships with their spouses, children and family. In his free time, Mark likes to ride motorcycles, shooting and building things.

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