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Friday, February 01, 2013

Thinking in the Heart

Thinking in the Heart

"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he...." (Pr 23:7)

"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable 
works, there is none that doeth good." (Ps 14:1)

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God looks on the heart of man, on the reality. Man only looks on the outward appearance and can only
evaluate the actions, not the man. But God sees the thoughts of the heart that define the man.

God is far more interested in the thoughts of the heart than He is in this or that detail of a man's life. David
was a man after God's own heart, which means that he had the Spirit of God moving and directing his
thoughts to faith, hope, and love. David was also a child of Adam and had sinful tendencies as we all do.
These sinful tendencies caused him to stumble and even commit terrible sins, but his sins did not define him.

No one in the Old Testament rose to greater heights of spiritual knowledge than did David: "The Lord is my
shepherd, I shall not want...." "Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin...." and many other
like expressions.

In Christ's day, He encountered men who were the spiritual opposite of David. They put on a great show,
but were rotten in the heart. They were like whitewashed sepulchers that seemed outwardly attractive,but
were filled with dead men's bones, for their thoughts were corrupted with hatred and lies. Jesus knew that if
they did not repent they would face the damnation of hell, for their sins would not be put away.
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