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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 ...
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