declared that as a man "thinketh in his heart, so is he."
A man's conduct is determined by the condition of his heart. If his
conduct is wrong, it is because his heart is wrong. Simon the sorcerer
sinned for his heart was not right in the sight of God.
Out of the heart proceed the sins of a man's life.
From the heart comes obedience to the divine pattern of the gospel.
Hence, the necessity of keep "thy heart with all diligence, for out of
it are the issues of life."
attitude of heart toward the truth determines his relationship to God.
Paul speaks of those who are deceived by the man of sin as perishing
"because they receive not the love of the truth that they might be
saved." (2 Thess.
2:10) One must love the truth in order to be saved. Jesus
declared that the truth by which one is sanctified or set apart unto God
is the word of God.
(John 17:17) If one loves the truth, he will believe and obey it.
In it he will walk and by it his life will be ordered. A life so ordered
is pleasing and acceptable to God.
Satan's purpose to keep or remove the word of God from the heart lest
one "should believe and be saved."
In order to do this he must bar or destroy one's love of the truth. This
he proposes to do with the trials, cares, riches, and the pleasures of
this life. Every temptation to succumb to the trials and cares of this
world, or to exalt and enthrone its riches and pleasures, is an effort
on the part of Satan to destroy one's life through developing a wrong
attitude of heart toward the word of God. If earthly cares, temporal
riches, worldly pleasures, and human wisdom can be enthroned, God will
be dethroned. A wrong attitude toward God and His word has been
developed and a wrong life will be the sure result.
departure from God has resulted from the development of a wrong attitude
toward Him and His word. It was Israel's unholy desire to be like the
nations round about that led her to become dissatisfied with God's
arrangement and demand a king who ultimately led her into complete
apostasy. It was the unrighteous desire for preeminence and
ecclesiastical power that led away from the simplicity of the New
Testament pattern of church government and to the development of the
Roman Catholic hierarchy. It was dissatisfaction with the limitations of
God's word and the desire to gain prestige in the world that led to
digression in the ranks of the restoration movement. Dissatisfaction
with the simplicity of the gospel and a desire for recognition,
publicity, and prestige, always leads to disastrous results.
it has happened before, it can happen again. Let us examine our hearts
and search our souls to see if there be any vain purpose or unrighteous
motives found there. What about our attitude? Are we satisfied with God
and do we love His truth? Are we content to stay within the bounds of
(2 John 9) Do we will to do His will? (John
7:17) May we be able to answer in the affirmative at all times.
If we keep our hearts right in the sight of God, we shall never err from
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