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Climb: Our Heart’s Desire

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Climb: Our Heart’s Desire

Mike Butler

The heart is made for God and it is restless until it finds its rest in Him. These loosely paraphrased words of Augustine, call all people to the reality that their lives are truly meant to be connected to God. We try to fill that void with many different things, but really only someone can fill that void in our lives. Using the experience of mountain climbing, Pastor Butler lead us in a 5 week series entitled, Climb: Finding our Way to the Summit. “Our Heart’s Desire” speaks to us about the desire that draws us up toward the summit. Join us Sunday mornings at 9:00 and 10:30 am for worship. For more information about CrossPointe, please visit us at www.crosspointe.tv

Climb: Our Heart’s Desire

Augustine (4th-5th Cen) Confessions 1:1:1 GREAT ART THOU, O Lord, and greatly to be praised; great is Thy power,1 and of Thy wisdom there is no number.2 And man desires to praise Thee. He is but a tiny part of all that Thou hast created. He bears about him his mortality, the evidence of his sinfulness, and the evidence that Thou dost resist the proud:3 yet this tiny part of all that Thou hast created desires to praise Thee. Thou dost so excite him that to praise Thee is his joy. For Thou hast made us for Thyself and our hearts are restless till they rest in Thee. Grant me, O Lord, to know which is the soul’s first movement toward Thee—to implore Thy aid or to utter its praise of Thee;and whether it must know Thee before it can implore.

 

 

A climb involves specific things:

  1. Understanding the desire for the climb

  2. Assess the needs for the climb

  3. Accept the stages of the Climb

  4. Embrace the Summit

  5. Prepare to Descend

 

Our hearts long for something.

Psalm 130: 1-8, NIV 2011 1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; 2Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. 3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. 5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. 6 I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. 7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. 8 He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.

 

Our hearts desire someone.

Psalm 42:1-11, NIV 2011 1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 4 These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng. 5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. 6 My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar. 7 Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. 8 By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life. 9 I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” 10 My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 11 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

 

The heart’s desire will be filled only one way.

Luke 10:25-28, NIV 2011 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

 

Luke 10:29-37, NIV 2011 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’  36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”