SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 2010-03-07 "Healing Heart Trouble"

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HEALING Heart Trouble



In Early March ’03 After Heart Catheterization my doc told me the diagnosis. . .

Physical symptoms:

          Extreme Over-weight

          No energy


          Chest Tightness, discomfort

          Lack of drive / Motivation

Emotional Symptoms:




          Deep Sadness



Winter of 1969, I was 29 years old and came to realize how severely broken I was. . .

Physical symptoms:

        Chronic Pain: Ruptured disc, #6 from bottom vertebrae

          Arrogant, Haughty, Proud (Until then)

          Independent, Self-Reliant

          Believed in myself and my work ethic

          Indifferent, Self-Centered

Emotional Symptoms:

          Deep Depression

          Vocational Burn-Out

          Hated my work

          Contemptuous of Others

          Out-of-Gas Emotionally

          Extreme irritability / Short Fuse


          Fleeting Suicidal Thoughts

          Alienation / Cut off from God and Man


March 7, 2010 – Sheepfold Ministries

Pastor Phil Roland


HEALING Heart Trouble

JOHN 14:1-3

The Cure for Spiritual Heart Trouble

"America has three generations of people who have neglected both their physical and spiritual hearts. They have pursued the wrong values and loved the wrong things. The consequences are life threatening.”                                                                                                                       Pastor Phil Roland

John 14:1

"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”



          A. Adult body uses 5 ½ to 6 ½ Quarts of blood

                        1. Heart pumps the body’s entire blood volume each minute

                        2. That’s 2,000 gallons each 24 hours

            B. Heart will beat 2.6 billion times in your lifetime

                        1. Muscle is about the size of the human fist

                        2. Slightly to the left of the center of your chest

            C. Animals hearts beat differently

                        a. Mouse heart beats 700 times per minute

                        b. Elephant heart beats 30 times per minute

                        c. Mouse lives three years

                        d. Elephant lives sixty years

          D. Human heart beats 60 to 70 times per minute



   And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the   

    earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's

    hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are

    coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken.”

          A. Each day, 2,400 people in the US, die of heart disease

                        1. Each year $48 billion is spent in US to prevent heart disease

                        2. Each year 17 million people world-wide die from this disease

            B. Healthy Personal Habits can prevent this disease

                        1. Eat Right – Practice good balanced nutrition

                                    a. Eat low fat – Less than 30% fat calories in food

                                    b. Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables – Raw is best

                                    c. Watch Obesity – Excessive weight can be a killer

                        2. Exercise Regularly – At least four days of 1-hour workouts

                        3. Sleep Right – At least seven hours per night / Eight is better

                                    a. Treat sleep apnea

                                    b. Practice good “sleep hygiene” – Allow yourself time

                        4. Watch Blood Pressure, especially after 40





     “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and

       that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the

       LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in

       His heart.”

            A. The Biblical Greek Word for heart is “Cardia”

                        1. CAR-DIA is ”The seat of physical and spiritual life”

                         2. Spiritually, Cardia is “The center of  thoughts, passions,                                             desires, appetites, affections”

                                    a. The core of life is in the blood – Leviticus 17:11

                                       “'For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it

                                          to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls;

                                          for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.'”

                                    b. The heart pumps and circulates the blood

            B. Jesus taught the Mouth was an indicator of Spiritual Heart Trouble

                "Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the                  mouth, this defiles a man." Matthew 15:11

  1. 1.      Matthew 15 discourse is about physical/spiritual defilement

                2. Spiritual defilement isn’t caused by what you eat

                        3. You are defiled by what you SAY- Matthew 15:18-20

                           "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the

                             heart, and they defile a man. "For out of the heart proceed evil

                             thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness,

                             blasphemies. "These are the things which defile a man, but to eat

                             with unwashed hands does not defile a man."

                        a. The things you SAY proceed from your heart – v. 18

                                       "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come

                                         from the heart, and they defile a man.”

                                    b. These are the things that cut you off from God – v. 19

                                        "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders,

                                       adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.”

                                    c. Eating without Rituals doesn’t defile you – v. 20

                                      "These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with

                                        unwashed hands does not defile a man."

            C. Jesus Describes Spiritual Heart Trouble -  Matthew 13:14,15

          "Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see,

                 and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. “

                        1. Hearts Grown Dull - Dull = Greek, “To thicken, Fatten” v. 15

                           “For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard

                             of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see

                             with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should

                           understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.'”

  1. 2.      Hearts that are Stubborn and Unrepentant – Romans 2:5

                            “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart,

                               you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's

                               wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.”





            A. Man’s life w/o God is meaningless – Psalm 39:5

                “Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as

                  nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor.”

  1. 1.      Vanity  = Wind, breath, blowing

2.  Man’s accomplishments don’t mean much

            B. The heart of man is not trustworthy – Jeremiah 17:9

                "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can

                  know it?"

            C. Our best efforts at doing good aren’t much – Isaiah 64:6

                 "All our righteousnesses are like filthy rags."

            D.  The Hardened Heart is hostile to God - Romans 8:7

                “because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not

                  subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so;” NASB



        A. When you repent, God promises to clean you up – v. 25

         "Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will

               cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.”

                        1. Most people want to clean up their act before coming to God

                        2. “Jesus always CAUGHT his fish before CLEANING them!”

            B. He’ll give you a spiritual heart transplant – v. 26

               "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the

                heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”

                        1. The hardened, resistant, stubborn, rebellious heart removed

                        2. He takes away the flint / gives us a pliable, useful heart

                        3. With your new heart, comes a new spirit – v. 27

                           "I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to  walk in My

                            statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”

            C. Jesus is God’s Healing Hand to Heal and Restore

                        1. Give Him charge and control of your life

                        2. He’ll heal your brokenness




HEALING Heart Trouble


John 14:1-3

"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

2  "In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3  "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.