Monday, April 29, 2024

Serving the Lord Part 11 With All Our Heart


Serving the Lord Part 11 With All Our Heart

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Serving the Lord

Part 11: With All Our Heart

By Rev. Bruce A. Shields



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1.      Introduction to Serving

2.     Serving the Lord through our Faith

3.     Serving the Lord through our Relationships

4.     Serving the Lord through our Marriage

5.     Serving the Lord through our Family

6.     Serving the Lord in our Home

7.     Serving the Lord with our Friends

8.     Serving the Lord in our Job

9.     Serving the Lord in the Church

10.  Serving the Lord in the Assembly

11.   Serving the Lord with All Our Heart




Today is Resurrection Sunday. April 28th, 2024


          Today, we are completing our series on serving the Lord. This will wrap up nearly a year and a half journey through what it means to belong to the Lord, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, The Fruits of the Spirit, the Full Armor of God, Spiritual Gifts, and this last series, Serving the Lord.


          In this world today, there are many churches of various sizes. Some are filled to overflowing, holding multiple services, and others are barely able to keep their doors open.


          Some of them give the meat of God’s word, while others may offer a potluck of unprovocative messages. In this world, there is a literal smorgasbord of worship styles, preaching styles, congregation sizes, and so on.


          However, the word of God makes it clear there is but one membership that truly matters, and that is membership into the Body of Christ.


          Charles H. Spurgeon said, “Don’t go where it is all fine music and grand talk and beautiful architecture; those things will neither fill anybody’s stomach, nor feed his soul. Go where the gospel is preached, the gospel that really feeds your soul, and go often.”


          Jesus did not have a fancy building, a laser show and fog machine, or a live band to stir one into an emotional response where feelings and personal experience trump the word.

We should never confuse or exchange personal experiences or emotional responses for the life-changing words of our Lord.


          I’m not here today trying to say we should not have various worship styles and services in bible founded churches. I know many good brothers and sisters in various Christian congregations around the world truly love and serve the Lord.


          But what I am saying is that we should take great care, first in ourselves, then in the way we share the gospel with others, so that the word of God works as it should and gets a response from the listener's heart and conscience rather than their feelings and emotions.


          The drawn lights, heavy music with sorrowful words will always bring an emotional response, but our emotions can change once we step out into the light of day after service.


          I have been to many conferences where hundreds, if not thousands, of people, make a “commitment” to the Lord after a service of a bit of scripture followed by a hefty dose of personal experience, loud music, and tear-jerking lyrics bringing people to the point of emotional response.


          Do you know what the statistics say about those who commit with an emotional response at these events? Promise Keepers take the names of those who make a commitment at their event, then follow up a few years later to see if they are still reading their Bibles or going to church. Are they still committed?


          Around 5% remain committed. An emotional response to the gospel is just that, an emotional response.


          This is why time-share free lunches, door-to-door salesman, high-pressure sales, and the like WORK…they are designed to get you to a point where you commit without any heart or conscience involved. Emotional commitments seldom withstand the test of time.


          I have spoken with many over the years who attended churches where they answered the altar call at the end of the service to commit to the Lord. Some even went weekly. The emotional cry out from the pastor tugging at the listener's feelings to respond, but the statistics do not lie. A few years later only a small percentage are still “committed.”


          Today, we are going to talk about being committed with all our heart.


          Today, we are going to talk about true and false conversion because there is a difference, and your soul and future eternal residence depend on knowing the difference.





Luke 13:5b

“…unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”



a.   Immediate Triggered Results

                                  i.    Mark 4:5 “And other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil.”

                                ii.    Mark 5:16-17 “these are the ones being sown on the rocky places: those who, when hearing the word, immediately receive it with joy; 17 and they have no root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.”

                              iii.    Luke 14:27-28 “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?”

                               iv.    Luke 14:34-35 “salt is good, but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? 35 It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”


b.   False Converts do not thirst for the Lord

                                  i.    Luke 8:6 “And other seed fell on rock and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.”

                                ii.    Luke 8:13 “And those on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy, and these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.”


c.    False Converts gladly and effortlessly receive the word

                                  i.    Matthew 13:20-21 “And the one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.”


A true convert will have an emotional response to their confession and true repentance to the Lord, but not every emotional response is a true confession and true repentance.

James 4:8-10 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be miserable and mourn and cry. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.”

The false convert comes to the Lord’s table without humility, remorse for sin, or the desire to repent. They come to the table not to give and surrender but to take from the Lord’s bounty.

Ask a random person on the street, “Do you want to go to heaven when you die?” Nearly all say YES, except for the facetious and arrogant. Everyone wants an eternal reward!

But most of those very same people are unwilling to do what it takes. Confess their sin, repent, and submit to the Lord.

How can you tell if you are a true convert?

By judging.



a.   They have the Fruit of Repentance and Good Works

                                  i.    Matthew 3:8-10 Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance; 9 and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father’; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. 10 And the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

                                ii.    Luke 19:8 {the fruit of true repentance} “But Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor, and if I have extorted anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.”

                              iii.    Colossians 1:10-14 “so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and multiplying in the full knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 Who rescued us from the authority of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

                               iv.    Titus 3:8 “This is a trustworthy saying. And concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be intent to lead in good works. These things are good and profitable for men.”

                                 v.    Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”


b.   True Converts are truly thankful

                                  i.    Hebrews 13:15-16 “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess His name. 16 And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

                                ii.    2 Corinthians 9:15 “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”


c.    True Converts have the Holy Spirit and Righteousness

                                  i.    Philippians 1:11 “having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

                                ii.    Psalm 23:3 “He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.”


a.   Do you justify your sin?

                                  i.    The Christian sins against his will, but the hypocrite, the false convert, makes provision for the flesh.

                                ii.    If you’ve ever said, “I know it's wrong, but…” then you are making provision for the flesh, and you need to examine yourself and see if you are in the faith.

                              iii.    2 Corinthians 13:5 “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?”


b.   Are you saved?

                                  i.    Spiritual Fruits test - Galatians 5:22-23

1.    But the fruit of the Spirit is love

2.   Joy

3.   Peace

4.   Patience

5.   Kindness

6.   Goodness

7.   Faithfulness

8.   Gentleness

9.   self-control


                                ii.    Test your fruits – Matthew 7:16-24

1.    You will know them by their fruits.

Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.

A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.

Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

So then, you will know them by their fruits.


2.   21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, in Your name did we not prophesy, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name do many miracles?’

And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and does them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.


                              iii.    Last Days test – 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 2 Timothy 3:7

1.    But know this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be

2.   lovers of self

3.   lovers of money

4.   boastful

5.   arrogant

6.   blasphemers

7.   disobedient to parents

8.   ungrateful

9.   unholy

10.      unloving

11.   quarreling

12.  malicious gossips

13.  without self-control

14.      without gentleness

15.  without love for good

16.      Treacherous

17.    Reckless

18.      Conceited

19.      lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God

20.     holding to a form of godliness

a.   but having denied its power

21.Keep away from such men as these.

22.      always learning and never able to come to the full knowledge of the truth.


c.    Are you led by spirit or flesh?

                                  i.    Spirit – Galatians 5:16-18; Galatians 5:22-26

                                ii.    Flesh – Galatians 5:19-21



          We must ALL test ourselves and examine whether or not we are truly of faith.


Maybe we said a “prayer of salvation” or what is sometimes called “the sinner's prayer,” and think that’s it, which is not scriptural.


Maybe we were baptized, thinking all is good, not realizing baptism is for the believer, not to make a believer.


Here is something you may not know. My wife Terri was a false convert.


WHAT? Yes.


Many of us were in the beginning of hearing about Christ. Some of those realized and corrected their walk, becoming true converts. Others remain blinded, for one reason or another, and live a miserable existence in false conversion, often wondering what they are doing wrong or why they are not experiencing the peace and joy of believers around them.


My wife Terri wrote an article titled “Are you Really Saved?” a few years back that explains this situation perfectly. I will include it in its entirety in the Mid-Week Encouragement this week, but for today, here is a portion of it;


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