Samuel 16:7 =
But the Lord said unto Samuel, look not
on his countenance, or on the height of his stature: because I have refused him:
for the Lord seeth not as man seeth;
for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the
Lord looketh on the heart.
WHY WAS IT SO IMPORTANT FOR THE LORD TO BE CONCERNED
ABOUT THE HEART?
Lets turn to the Bible for the answer:
THE HEART LEADS ONE TO OBEDIENCE.
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants
of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine
which was delivered you.
O that there were such an heart in them,
that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always,
that it might be well with them, and with their children for
THE HEART DETERMINES THE WAY OF LIFE.
thy heart with all diligence;.
For out of it are the issues of life.
THE HEART OF AN HONEST PERSON WILL RECEIVE AND KEEP
that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good
heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit
THE HEART IS PRONE TO DO EVIL, AND IS HESITANT TO
ACT SWIFTLY AGAINST EVIL.
Because sentence against an evil work is
not executed speedly, therefore the heart of the sons of men
is fully set in them to do evil.
THE HEART IS DECEITFUL.
The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately wicked:
who can know it?
I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even
to give every
man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his
Due to this deceitful working of the heart, judgment will not be based on the outward
appearance, but on the inward appearance of the heart
For the word of God is quick, and powerful,
and sharper than
any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder
of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is
a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Neither is there any creature that is not manifest
in his sight: but
all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with
whom we have to do."
2:23 = And I will kill her children with death;
and all the churches shall know that I am he which
searcheth the reins and hearts:
and I will give unto every one of you according to
THE HEART IS WHERE EVIL IS CONCEIVED.
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders,
adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
these are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
:Ye have heard that it was said by them
of old time, thou shalt not commit adultery:
but I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman
to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already
in his heart.
THE HEART LEADS MAN INTO UNBELIEF.
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in
any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from
the living God.
NOW WE CAN UNDERSTAND WHY THE LORD WANTS HIS LAWS
But now hath he obtained a more excellent
ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better
covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should
no place have been sought for the second.
For finding fault with them, he saith, behold, the
days come, saith the Lord when I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
not according to the covenant that I made with their
fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them
out of the land of Egypt;
because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded
them not, saith the Lord.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the
house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord;
I will put my laws into their mind,
and write them in their hearts:
and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me
This is the covenant that I will make with
them after those days, saith the Lord, I
will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds
will I write them.
NOW WE CAN APPRECIATE THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON WHEN
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is
he: Eat and drink,
saith he to thee; but
his heart is not with thee.
LET US STAND TOGETHER AND SING: IS THY HEART RIGHT WITH GOD?
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