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  1. Guarding The Heart

  2. Heart idioms • At heart • Break one’s heart • By heart • Change of heart • Do one’s h. good • Eat one’s h. out • Have a heart • Have h. in…mouth • Heart and soul • Heart in right place • In heart of hearts • Lose one’s heart • Near one’s heart • Set heart at rest • Take heart • Take to heart • To heart’s content • Wear h. on sleeve

  3. I. We Must Guard Our Heart

  4. Prov.4:23 1With allvigilance 3Because it is vulnerable 2Because it is valuable 4Because it is vacillating Context: protection – guard, watch, keep

  5. Prov.4:23Lk.21:34 Duty: watch yourselves Lk.12:1 Danger: weighed down Lk.9:32; Ex.7:14 Context: protection Context: preparation

  6. Prov.4:23Lk.21:34Ph.4:7 Peace of God: inner serenity (9). Col.3:15; Jn.14:27 Protection of God: military term. 1 Pt.1:4-5 Context: protection Context: preparation Context: prayer

  7. I. We Must Guard Our Heart II. Why Guard Our Heart?

  8. Mark 7 Prov.4:23 1. Out of it flow springs of life • Heart is a flowing stream • It is either pure or polluted (Gn.6:5; Lk.6:45) • It determines health of soul Prov.23:7 2. Polluted heart produces polluted life

  9. I. We Must Guard Our Heart II. Why Guard Our Heart III. How To GuardOur Heart?

  10. 1. Rely on God’s blessings Deliver from evil generation, Ps.12:7 Deliver from apostasy, Jn.17:11-12 • Nu.6:22-27 • 24: “keep you” – watch, preserve…in covenant relationship w. God

  11. 1. Rely on God’s blessings2. Remember God’s word 1People: keep, preserve in hearts… 2People: fix, direct heart toward You 3Solomon: loyal, whole, perfect… • Dt.4:9 • 1 Chr.29:18-19, David’s prayer • Lk.8:12-15 • 1 Pt.1:22-23 . . . 2 Pt.1:12-15

  12. 1. Rely on God’s blessings2. Remember God’s word3. Render whole-hearted service My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God– Ps.84:2 When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord – Ac.11:23 • Dt.10:12

  13. 1. Rely on God’s blessings2. Remember God’s word3. Render whole-hearted service4. Recognize danger of sin • Mt.5:27-30 1.Look: to lust (with lustful intent, ESV) 2. Lust: a ‘heart thought’ that would be sin if acted upon 3. Lesson: may dress attractively, not seductively 4. Liability: convicts, coerces, costs

  14. 1. Rely on God’s blessings2. Remember God’s word3. Render whole-hearted service4. Recognize danger of sin • Mt.5:27-30 1.Look: to lust (with lustful intent, ESV) 2.Lust: heart thought that would be sin if acted upon 3. Lesson: may dress attractively, not seductively 4. Liability: a. Lust convicts (sin) 1 Pt.2:11 b. Lust coerces (addicts) 2 Pt.2:14 c. Lust costs (hell) Mt.5:27-30 (Gn.20:6)

  15. 1. Rely on God’s blessings2. Remember God’s word3. Render whole-hearted service4. Recognize danger of sin5. Realize God is Giver of blessings Most like God Cheerful – emphatic Hearts that understand God’s blessings will be affected • Ro.1:21; 6:17 • David – Psalm 100:4 • Paul – 2 Co.9:7

  16. The Great Contrast Ph.3:20-21 ▪ Strangers in world ▪ Citizens of heaven ▪ Born from above ▪ New creations ▪ Beloved children 1 Th.3:13 Jn.12:40, hard heart ▪ Barren desert ▪ Citizens of world ▪ Unmoved by holy ▪ Stone (Ezk.11:19) ▪ Aliens Lk.15:15-17