Four Attitudes that Dethrone the Savior

Recently, I spoke in our RU Sunday School class on the subject of codependency.  My text was Luke 12.  Jesus was pressed with a huge crowd of followers.  The Bible said there were so many people they “trode upon one another”.  In this setting, we have people desiring to get to Jesus, and we have a group called the Pharisees trying to keep them from Him.  This is a very familiar scene in the New Testament.

He speaks to the disciples about four types or conditions of the heart.  The heart is the seat of the mind, will, and emotions.  It is the throne room where our Lord desires to sit, and so very often it is occupied with others.  Discern today if any of these conditions are keeping Him from being on the throne of your heart:

A Fearful Heart (verses 1-12)

When you fear people, you start to hide things. And when you hide things, you start to be hypocritical.  And when you start to be hypocritical, you are now taking a position of contrition.  Condemnation is a miserable place to live.

2Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

A Greedy Heart (verses 13-21)

I believe the Lord turns his attention to the Pharisees who are full of greed.  They wanted power.  They wanted position.  They used manipulation and bullying skills to sway people from following after Truth – Jesus.  Imagine being so greedy you would interrupt a service and sermon to get more money.  The prodigal son who stayed home had this greed in his heart.  He could not (and would not) rejoice with his father when the wayward boy came home.  All was on his heart was “stuff” and “position”.  Have these things dethroned Jesus Christ from your life today?

Psalm 119:36, “Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.”

A Divided Heart (verses 22-34)

The phrase “take no thought” in verse 22 means “don’t worry” or “do not pull apart”.  This is exactly what happens when we follow fear and worry instead of faith in the Lord.  If your heart is centered on Jesus and trusting wholly on Him, you will have a united heart with Him.  (verse 31)

Psalm 86:11, “Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.”

A Cold Heart (verses 35-59)

We have the privilege of being servants of the Lord.  The Holy Spirit desires to give us the power to will and the power to do His will.  The saint looks forward to the return of our Lord!  He is fully aware this world is not his home, he is just passing through.  We are on a mission!  God has a work for me to do today for Him and in Him.  When we lose sight of His return, we lose sight of the mission.  When we lose sight of the mission, we become miserable replicas.  It is no longer “He” doing the work, it is “me”.

2Timothy 4:8, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

Revelation 22:20, “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

Questions For You To Answer:

  1. Who is sitting on the throne of your heart today?
  2. What is in competition for your heart today?
  3. What will you do to “love the Lord God” today with all your heart?


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God led Ben and his family (wife, Wendy; and three children, Josh, Caleb, and Hannah) to Rockford, Illinois in 2003 to become the International Director of the fastest growing addiction ministry in the United States. Bro. Burks is now privileged to travel and train others how to help the addicted within their communities.

2 thoughts on “Four Attitudes that Dethrone the Savior

  1. “The prodigal son who stayed home had this greed in his heart. ”
    I thought the prodigal son was the one who left?

    1. Actually both where prodigal! One in unrighteousness and one in self-righteousness. That was the main point of the explanation of radical grace that Jesus was teaching to these pharisees. regardless of the older boys location, his heart was far from the fathers.

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