Saturday, March 28, 2009

To Our Disadvantage

To Our Disadvantage

The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
Proverbs 10:20

The Lord detests men of perverse heart but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.
Proverbs 11:20

There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace.
Proverbs 12:20

A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurts out folly.
Proverbs 12:23

An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. Proverbs 12:25

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy. Proverbs 14:10

The lips of the wise spread Knowledge; not so the hearts of fools. Proverbs 15:7

The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. Proverbs 16:5

A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble. Proverbs 17:20

Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. Proverbs 18:12

A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the Lord. Proverbs 19:3

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21

The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out. Proverbs 20:5

Do not eat the food of a stingy man; do not crave his delicacies, for he is the kind of man who is always thinking about the cost. Eat and drink he says to you, but his heart is not with you. Proverbs 23:6-7

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts

were darkened. Romans 1:21

These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Matthew 15:8

They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Ephesians 4:18

So, as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty years saw what I did. That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways. So I declared on oath in my anger, they shall never enter my rest. See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. Hebrews 3:7-12

So as you can see for those with a heart that is full of sin and wickedness and have not accepted salvation and have not believed, the outcome of their lives is less than favorable.

So the question is then;

Where does your heart lie?

For this week’s homework read Proverbs 2:1-15

According to Proverbs 2:1-15 where does your heart lie?

Do you want what this passage promises? ________

What must you do to obtain these promises? ______

What obstacle of sin will you be working on laying down this week? ____________________________

What fruit of the spirit will you be working on taking up this week? _________________________

(Fruits of the spirit are; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control).

Write down your experiences with this week’s sin that you are trying to give up to God. ___________

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