INWARD AND OUTWARD HOLINESS
2 Cor. 7:ll
INTRODUCTION: Do you realize that all of us here are sinners.
If I could flash on a screen before us tonight, all of your
thoughts and mine of this week, we would have to leave town.
Our thoughts are just as important to God as our actions, and
are known to God as clearly as our actions. I Samuel l6:7, "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."
Psalm l39:l-4, "O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising; thou
understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and
my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there
is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it
Jesus taught us in the Sermon on the Mount that God's
commandments are intended not only to regulate outward conduct,
but inner disposition as well. It is not enough that we do not
kill; we must not hate. It is not enough that we do not commit
adultery; we must not even entertain lustful looks and thoughts.
"A harbored thought is an accident looking for a place to
Just as we learn to bring the appetites of our bodies under
control, so we must also learn to bring our thought lives under
obedience to Jesus Christ.
The Bible indicates that our thought lives ultimately determine
our character. Proverbs 23:7, "For as he thinketh in his hea ...
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