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Is Your Heart Right, or Has It Left?

Proverbs 7:24-25
(24) Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
(25) Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.

One of things that the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, does is track the different things that end life. According to their statistics, more Americans die of heart disease every year than any other single cause. No one keeps similar statistics on spiritual tragedies, but if there were a way to measure the cause of them, certainly problems of the heart would be at the top of the list. If we allow our hearts to be turned away from God, disaster will soon follow.

We see this truth illustrated in the life of Solomon. Though God gave him great wisdom, wealth, and power, Solomon did not remain constant in his devotion. In his youth, he worshiped and valued God. building the magnificent Temple in Jerusalem. But he disobeyed the Word of God by having many wives from foreign countries and different false religions. Those wives eventually turned his heart away from God. Over time they destroyed his allegiance to the God of Israel. “For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.” (1 Kings 11:4).

What goes on in the heart cannot be concealed forever. Sooner or later it will be apparent in our actions. Jesus said, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:” (Matthew 15:19). If we love God as we should, there will be no room for the things of this world to take root. The warning that John issued to the church at Ephesus shows the vital importance of the heart: “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.“(Revelation 2:4).

Where is your heart? The words to this hymn ring true even to this day:

Is Thy Heart Right with God?

Have thy affections been nailed to the cross?
Is thy heart right with God?
Dost thou count all things for Jesus but loss?
Is thy heart right with God?

chorus:
Is thy heart right with God,
Washed in the crimson flood,
Cleansed and made holy, humble and lowly,
Right in the sight of God?

Hast thou dominion o’er self and o’er sin?
Is thy heart right with God?
Over all evil without and within?
Is thy heart right with God?

Is there no more condemnation for sin?
Is thy heart right with God?
Does Jesus rule in the temple within?
Is thy heart right with God?

Are all thy pow’rs under Jesus’ control?
Is thy heart right with God?
Does He each moment abide in thy soul?
Is thy heart right with God?

May 13, 2020 - Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church

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