2014

05 Jan 2014

The doors of heart

On Sunday’s sermon of “Philadelphia” Church – 5th, January – pastor Yuri Baburin talked about the humanity of God in the context of Christmas. Being pregnant, Mother of Jesus, Mary, had to take a trip to her husband’s hometown. It must be many relatives in the town, but it appeared no one could offer them a place even though Mary was expecting a child. This is the first time when we can speak about the fact that became a sad truth in Christ’s life: the Lord has come, but His people did not accept Him. Pastor spoke about our hearts that remind of our apartments: sometimes guests come to our homes and knock on doors, but we can’t hear knocking because of loud TV’ sounds or headphones. It became to be unpleasant to invite Christ as a guest, even at Christmas He is no longer in the limelight. But the great truth is that God became human to have a fellowship with us, to have the door of our hearts opened.

The senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov preached about the wants of our hearts. Entering a New Year we make our plans and ask God to approve it, but what lies in our hearts? Striving for good, are we looking for God? If we are, are we ready to accept His opinion about our plan?  David had it in his heart to build a temple for the Name of the Lord, but God said (2 Kings 8:17-18): “You did well to have it in your heart to build a temple for my Name. Nevertheless, you are not the one to build the temple”, the reason is “the blood on David’s hands” – he had many fights during his life. His son, Solomon, asked God for wisdom to rule people and judge correctly and God was pleased to hear this wish. Christ once said: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21). To plan the act of God that He committed to us, we should see our treasure in God, the rest will be admitted, controlled and done by the Lord.



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