Oak Grove Church of Christ
A Living Hope
February 24, 2019

A Living Hope

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Passage: Proverbs 4:23
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"Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." - James 1:13-15

We must deal with the problem of sin. How do we deal with temptation? We must learn how to limit the possibility to sin, by limiting ourselves from situations that cause temptations.

"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." - Proverbs 4:23

Guard Your Hearts

The word keep means to guard, maintain. 

Diligence, means to keep, guard, protect.

"out of the heart are the issues of life."  The mind/soul the center of our being.

The heart is the center of the man that is vital to the spiritual success. The heart reveals our true character. 

  • Matthew 15:17
  • 1 Samuel 16:7
  • Genesis 6:5
  • Matthew 6: 20, 21 
  • Colossians 3:1
  • Colossians 3:9,10

Guard the Mouth

  • Proverbs 4:24

The mouth is the main portal by which we reveal the thoughts of the heart.

  • Matthew 12:34,35
  • James 3:5-10
  • James 1:26
  • Psalm 39:1

How do we guard the tongue? Think before you speak.

  • James 1:19
    • Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it Kind?
  • Proverbs 30:32
  • Proverbs 10:19

Guard The Eyes

  • Proverbs 4:25

The eyes are the number one way that evil enter into the heart.

    • Matthew 26:22,23
    • Matthew 3:6
    • 2 Samuel 11:2

 

 

How do we guard our eyes?

  • Matthew 6:33
  • Colossians 1:2,3

Guard Our Feet

  • Proverbs 4:26,27

Where we let our feet take us will have the most affect on our heart.

  • Proverbs 7:6-10

How do we guard our feet?

We stay away from temptation as much as is possible by staying away from the things which cause temptation

  • Proverbs 4:26-27
  • Jeremiah 10:26

We must guard our heart, mouth, eyes and feet because God knows.

  • Hebrews 4:13 

1 Kings shows us that Solomon allowed those women whom he married to pull him away from the Lord. While, Ecclesiastes shows us he came back to the conclusion that the whole purpose of man is to fear God, Ecclesiastes 12:13.

God wants us to come to heaven to be where he is. Only those without sin can come to God. But God sent his son, to take the place of the guilty. His righteous justice had to be fulfilled and his son is the fulfillment of that. To be added to the Lord’s church you can choose to obey God, keeping your heart diligent to His word, in obedience to His will, by believing in His Son Jesus and confessing Him before men, repenting of your sins, being buried in baptism for cleansing of sins, and walking faithfully through life. 

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