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Have A Heart (3 of 5)
Prov. 3:1-6; 4:23; 17:22; Matt. 5:8; Mal. 4:6
INTRO: The Queen Mary was the largest ship to cross the oceans when it was launched in 1936. Through 4 decades and a World War she served until she was retired as an anchored floating hotel and museum in Long Beach, California. During the conversion process her 3 massive smoke stacks were taken off to be scraped down and repainted ... but once on the dock they crumbled before the scrapping could begin. On inspection, they noticed that the smoke stacks were nothing more than 30 plus coats of paint ... the 3/4 inch steel plates had long rusted away! – Source Unknown
How like the human heart this can be ... the outside can look so good ... fresh and normal looking, while the heart can be devastated and worn away. The heart is the symbol of the core of our personality ... it is the very seat of what we think and how we respond, we need to carefully monitor our hearts to be sure they stay healthy!
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that our hearts are to be carefully taken care of ... heart disease of the soul has much greater consequences than that of the body! While a heart attack can affect your physical life an ungodly heart can affect your eternal life!
I. THE HEART'S TEACHING Prov. 3:1-2; 4:23; Matt. 5:8
A. Instruction Prov. 3:1; 4:23
1. The commands the author is talking about are God's commands ... His Word!
2. The heart is also a metaphor for the mind in many passages, the mind requires input just like a computer does!
a. What goes in ... comes out!
b. Programming the heart of a man is of vital importance.
c. Many people take more seriously how they program their own computers than they do their own heart or their children's heart!
3. Nothing builds the human heart like God's Word!
4. In Psalm 119:11 David wrote these famous words: "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
ILLUS: Lee Robertson, Pastor of Highland Park Baptist church told this story:
The phone rang and a rough voice said, "This is an emergency, please come to the hospital." As he went he found a man, eyes closed, body was bloody. The Pastor said, "Sir, (The man's eyes opened) I'm a preacher and I want to tell you about Jesus!" The man responded with, "It's too late!" He had cut his throat from ear to ear with a straight razor, a victim of dope, drink, and living out of the gutter. The pastor however continued, "I want to tell you the story of Jesus and the thief on the cross!" "Preacher, I'm a dying man, but if what you say is true, I will take Jesus right now to be my Savior. I don't want to go to Hell." Pastor Robertson said, "I'll see you inside the Eastern gate" and left. Sometime later, a man walked down the aisle with a red jagged scar marred on his throat. He requested water baptism, and asked the pastor to remarry him and his wife ... today he is attending a church in Houston, Texas ... wa ...
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