Charles Manson Convicted: Multiple Murders 1969 John Couey Convicted: Kidnap/Rape/Murder Of 9-yr old Jessica Lundsford 2005 Pro 6:16-19 There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, 19 A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.
Mark 10:15 "Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all." The Love of a Child
Heart in Context Many Uses of Heart –Anatomically –Figuratively Central/Deep Idea Personality/Mind Focus today –Our Mind – the Seat of Affections
Godly Emphasis on the Heart Acts – –15:8 "And God, who knows the heart, …(Kardiognostes) In the Days of Noah –Gen 6:5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Proverbs –11:20 The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD, But the blameless in their walk are His delight. Psalms – 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Ezekiel –36:26 "Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. The Heart Can Be Made Well – with the Lord
First Things First An ounce of Prevention… –…is worth a pound of Cure Fire Prevention advise from Ben Franklin Fire Prevention advise from Ben Franklin Guard Your Heart –Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
The Heart Renewed Contrition (remorse for a sin or shortcoming) –Isa 57:15 For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, "I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite. Desire for Cleanliness –Psa 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Desire for Purity –Jas 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Instances of Heart Renewal Saul of Tarsus –Conversion while traveling to Damascus (Acts 9) King David –After committing Adultery & Murder (2 Sam 11 & 12)
How About Your Heart? Do you have a Christian Heart? Have you obeyed the Gospel call? –Heard Gods plan? –Believe? –Repent? –Confess Christ as Savior? –Baptized for Remission of Sins? Are you an erring Christian Your Heart Can Be Made Well – with the Lord
Matt 22:37 And He said to him, YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.