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sermonette: Whatsoever Your Heart Desires


Mark Schindler
Given 13-Jul-19; Sermon #1497s; 16 minutes

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We should treasure the weekly Sabbaths, rest-stops on our lengthy spiritual journey, unique gifts of time to help us develop a relationship with God while learning to become productive members of His family. II Timothy 3:1-5 describes the troubling times in which we live, a world of malignant narcissism, exemplified by the self-absorbed Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, who sings "I want the world; I want it now." This song describes a whole generation of children gone amok in selfish pursuits. If God's people do not use the weekly Sabbaths to counteract worldly pulls, they will fall into the same malignant narcissism. Deuteronomy 14:22 commands us to use our second tithe to eat in the place God chooses so that we may learn to fear Him. Our hearts desire should be to conform to His divine purpose for us. God has given us grace through the encouragement and instruction afforded by these weekly Sabbaths. We must not construe the term, "whatever our heart desires," as a pass to sin, but we should use every occasion to grow in our ability to think and act like God.