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“Follow your heart!” Proverbs 16:1-6. 2 The Heart Created in the image of God, Gen. 1:26-27; 2:25Created in the image of God, Gen. 1:26-27; 2:25 Born.

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1 “Follow your heart!” Proverbs 16:1-6

2 2 The Heart Created in the image of God, Gen. 1:26-27; 2:25Created in the image of God, Gen. 1:26-27; 2:25 Born innocent, Matt. 18:3; Rom. 7:9Born innocent, Matt. 18:3; Rom. 7:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9)“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9) What happened? Eccl. 7:29What happened? Eccl. 7:29

3 3 Temptation and Sin Lusts from within and enticements from without, Jas. 1:12-16Lusts from within and enticements from without, Jas. 1:12-16 “They have sought out many schemes” Eccl. 7:29“They have sought out many schemes” Eccl. 7:29 Sin takes opportunity, Rom. 7:8, 11Sin takes opportunity, Rom. 7:8, 11 “Sin lies at the door” – Must rule over it, Genesis 4:7“Sin lies at the door” – Must rule over it, Genesis 4:7

4 4 Temptation and Sin Foolish to trust your heart as your standard and guide, Prov. 28:26; 16:25Foolish to trust your heart as your standard and guide, Prov. 28:26; 16:25 Our ways are pure to us, but God judges, Prov. 16:1-3Our ways are pure to us, but God judges, Prov. 16:1-3 Contrast man’s heart and God’s counsel, Prov. 19:21Contrast man’s heart and God’s counsel, Prov. 19:21 Cain & Abel: Do not “follow your heart”Cain & Abel: Do not “follow your heart”

5 5 “Follow your heart!” In personal faith, Gen. 4:3-5; Heb. 11:4In personal faith, Gen. 4:3-5; Heb. 11:4 Cain: Followed his heart; Not righteousCain: Followed his heart; Not righteous Abel: Acted by faith; RighteousAbel: Acted by faith; Righteous Saul, Acts 26:9; 1 Tim. 1:13Saul, Acts 26:9; 1 Tim. 1:13 Heart may convince us we have personal faith, but what does the Bible say?!Heart may convince us we have personal faith, but what does the Bible say?!

6 6 “Follow your heart!” In religious service, Gen. 4:3-5; Heb. 11:4 (Jas. 1:26)In religious service, Gen. 4:3-5; Heb. 11:4 (Jas. 1:26) Cain: Gave what he knew & valued: It was what he wanted to give – RejectedCain: Gave what he knew & valued: It was what he wanted to give – Rejected Abel: Gave what he knew & valued: It was what God wanted him to give – AcceptedAbel: Gave what he knew & valued: It was what God wanted him to give – Accepted

7 7 “Follow your heart!” Service offered without God’s word of approval is rejected, Matthew 7:21-23Service offered without God’s word of approval is rejected, Matthew 7:21-23 Worship (Jno. 4:24)Worship (Jno. 4:24) The church (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:4; 5:23)The church (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:4; 5:23) Doctrine (Col. 3:17; 2 Tim. 3:10)Doctrine (Col. 3:17; 2 Tim. 3:10) -Proverbs 16:25; Jeremiah 17:9- -Proverbs 16:25; Jeremiah 17:9-

8 8 “Follow your heart!” In personal morality, Gen. 4:8 (Mk. 7:21)In personal morality, Gen. 4:8 (Mk. 7:21) Cain: Anger, hate and murderCain: Anger, hate and murder Works were evil, 1 Jno. 3:12, 10Works were evil, 1 Jno. 3:12, 10 Anger, Gen. 4:5-6Anger, Gen. 4:5-6 Premeditation, Gen. 4:8Premeditation, Gen. 4:8 Liar, Gen. 4:9Liar, Gen. 4:9 Abel: Works were righteous, 1 Jno. 3:12Abel: Works were righteous, 1 Jno. 3:12

9 9 “Follow your heart!” In personal moralityIn personal morality Evil language, Eph. 4:29; 5:4Evil language, Eph. 4:29; 5:4 Heart that is not converted to purityHeart that is not converted to purity Worldly values & conduct, 1 Pet. 4:1-3Worldly values & conduct, 1 Pet. 4:1-3 Mind that is controlled by the fleshMind that is controlled by the flesh Dishonesty, Eph. 4:25; 1 Pet. 2:12Dishonesty, Eph. 4:25; 1 Pet. 2:12 Heart that is deceiving itselfHeart that is deceiving itself -Proverbs 16:25; Jeremiah 17:9-

10 10 “Follow your heart!” In family values, Gen. 4:9 (1 Jno. 3: 11-12)In family values, Gen. 4:9 (1 Jno. 3: 11-12) Cain: “Am I my brother’s keeper?”Cain: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” No love in his heartNo love in his heart Family love and brotherly love, Col. 3:19; Titus 2:4; 1 John 3:13-15Family love and brotherly love, Col. 3:19; Titus 2:4; 1 John 3:13-15

11 11 “Follow your heart!” Many unloving things while “following my heart,” Gen. 4:9 (1 Jno. 3:11-12)Many unloving things while “following my heart,” Gen. 4:9 (1 Jno. 3:11-12) Divorce, Matthew 19:6Divorce, Matthew 19:6 Demanding and selfish, Eph. 5:21, 33Demanding and selfish, Eph. 5:21, 33 Disobey parents, Ephesians 6:1-3Disobey parents, Ephesians 6:1-3 Disrespectful of each other, Matt. 7:12Disrespectful of each other, Matt. 7:12 -Prov. 16:25; Jer. 17:9- -Prov. 16:25; Jer. 17:9-

12 The heart is deceitful Not because God created it that wayNot because God created it that way Because we yield to temptationBecause we yield to temptation Sin distorts, damages and destroys the heart’s purity and innocenceSin distorts, damages and destroys the heart’s purity and innocence Cain: Following heart led to vain worship, anger, hatred, murder, lying and curse (Jude 11)Cain: Following heart led to vain worship, anger, hatred, murder, lying and curse (Jude 11) Abel: Lived by faith in God & His wordAbel: Lived by faith in God & His word


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