2 – The Heart of the Matter
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23
1. A simplified heart begins in my soul.
“And the Lord God created man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7
“What good will it be if he gains the whole world yet forfeits his soul? What can a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26
2. A simplified heart finds my identity in Christ.
“See how very much our heavenly Father loves us. For He allows us to be called His children, and we really are.”
Galatians 4:7“Now you’re no longer a slave but God’s own child. Since you are His child, everything He has belongs to you.” 1 John 3:1
3. A simplified heart feeds and nurtures my soul.
“The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside quiet waters.” Psalm 23
“Be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for Him to act.” Psalm 37:7
“I saw more clearly than ever that the first, great, and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was to have my soul happy in the Lord. How my inner man might be nourished.” – George Mueller
4. A simplified heart results in a full life.
Direction – “He guides me in paths of righteousness.”
Protection – “Even though I walk through the valley of the show of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me.”
Security – “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”
Healing. – “You anoint my head with oil.”
Gratitude – “My cup overflows.”
Confident future – “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.”
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me, and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me. Watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me, and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30
- How much thought and attention do you give your soul?
- What comes to mind when you were hearing Psalm 23? How does this Psalm show us what is important and what it looks like to simplify?
- How does knowing your identity challenge your schedule, pace, etc?
- What does your current TAWG (time alone with God) look like? Is it a priority to you? How can it become priority (not for duty but for relationship)?
- What are some other practices could you put into place that would nourish your soul?