SST3-01 Keeping your Heart

Keeping your Heart

Keeping your Heart
By David Cox
© 2012

Sunday School Class Volume 3, Number 1

Sunday School Class on keeping your heart. Your heart is like the tiller of a boat. It decides where you will go.

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

The Hebrew here doubles the verb, “keep keep,” which means that we must keep it this very intensely. The heart is something extremely important for our soul and our future in eternity. The text gives us the motivations coming out of our heart. Our being (what we are) is defined by what is our heart. We go to heaven or hell because of what we are spiritually, in our heart, we are sinners. If one is a Christian, then he or she “is” (or seeks to be) the moral essence of Christ. He seeks the moral character of God, and is interested in the things of God, the work of God, and wants to know more and more of the Word of God to be more like his Savior whom he loves intensely. What the person “is” is defined by the moment of saving faith in his Savior, Jesus Christ. If “he is” a child of the Devil, equally, he hates or is not tolerant of the things of God, he seeks to limit his encounter with these things of God to the least possible or avoid them entirely. He is very interested in the things of the world, the pleasures, the sins, and the rest that is not of God. Where his life is going, he discerns what essence he is, a son of God or son of the devil, and follows his spiritual “father.”

1John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

God commands us to keep our heart, because the heart is the source of life, that is, where “what we are” comes from. The heart is a representation of everything else in our life. Everything in our life “flows” from our heart. It refers to the center of our personality and soul. From this center, “life springs” or life develops around what is in our heart, and what our heart is like spiritually. “We do” things according to what we are. What you are is defined by what your heart is.

Matt 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

Jesus explained that what really “contaminates man” (sin), which is our actions and attitudes, and we are not contaminated for eating one food or another, or eating with unclean hands. The heart is the problem, and because of this, we act as we act, because what we are.

Rom 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

The heart is what corrupts us (makes us black with sin*), and this was because they knew about God, but they did not honor him as God. There is a lot of difference between knowing about the Bible, and knowing God personally, and having a relationship with Him, where Jesus saves you, and you honor Him as your God. They did not value God above their own will. They did not hold him, and they were condemned by God.

* Being black with sin has nothing to do with one’s skin color, but refers to purity as white, and dirty as black. Black people can be good Christians, and pure in God’s eyes. Caucasians are not really white, but flesh-tone by the way.

Ps 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

The heart is also the place where we “put the Word of God“, and this is to prevent sin in our lives (if we heed God’s Word). We put the Word of God in our hearts by memorizing it, but much more than to be able to repeat it, we study the Word of God to understand what God wants, and we give God what He wants from us.

Prov 22:5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.

God warns us that there are dangers and punishments in the way of perversity. Keeping your soul from walking in these ways will protect you from this punishment from God on sin.

Ps 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

The psalmist’s attitude is to lay out his life before God so that God examines and rebukes (to change his life). When there is any element of sin in our life, we should seek to remove it from our life.

Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Prov 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

The arrogant will not have his life blessed by God. He who follows the desires and pleasures of his heart against God’s counsel is following things that have no root or part in eternity or with God.

We have to trust in God. God knows better than us. It is ridiculous to think that God (who knows everything) does not understand your life, your problems, and already knows how to remedy them. We have to look for God’s direction, or we will suffer serious problems in life.

Heb 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

When one accepts Jesus as their Savior, Satan gets upset with this. Then Satan works with the attitude of the person so that he “makes bitter“, that is, he has a bad attitude about how things are turning out in his life. The author of Hebrews warns us not to fall into a bitter attitude trap towards what God does in your life.

fam21 Child Kings Parents that let their kids Rule

Child Kings: Parents that let their kids Rule

By David Cox

[Fam21] v1r ©2009
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Summary of Parents that let their kids Rule

In Children that rule the home, we examine families where the parents have given up their administration and governing of their home and children to the children, where the children make all the important decisions. Topics: The Critical Point | The excesses of Bad Kids | The child that curses their parents | Children that honor their parents | Children are not to command in the home
In our world, there is every kind of evil. While in the past, the evil was not so developed, today it seems that wickedness knows no limits. The Bible imposes rules and principles on us so that things would work in order to be pleasing God. The relationship between children and parents is one of those things that has become very distorted. Besides the abuse of children by their parents, there are parents who are abused by their children. These are children who manipulate and control their parents in some form. They do not respect the authority that God has placed in parenthood.

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fam13 Polygamy: Is it biblical to have multiple spouses?


Polygamy: Is it biblical to have multiple spouses?

By David Cox

[FAM13] v1r ©2008
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This tract, Polygamy, examines the practice and thinking of some groups that espouse multiple marriage partners as being biblical. While the practice is found in parts of the Bible, it is not condoned by God. TOPICS: The Plan of God | The Attack Against Marriage | Polygamy among the Patriarchs | God overlooked Man’s Disobedience | The New Testament Pattern | Adultery, Two wives at the same time

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SSTeen1-02 Sexual Purity Joseph and His Difficult Life

Sexual Purity – Joseph and His Difficult Life
By David Cox © 2010

In this Sunday School Class, Joseph and Sexual Purity, we study the life of Joseph, looking at his purity of spirit in the face of sexual temptation. His attitude is especially important as he did not get discouraged, nor did he seek vengeance against the evil that his brothers did to him.

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ch44 Why we don’t charge for Ministering

Why we don’t charge for ministering

By David Cox

[ch44] v1 ©2011
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Matt 10:8 freely ye have received, freely give.

Part of the instructions that Jesus gave his disciples was to not put the Gospel or ministering on a give-if-you-pay basis. Serving if somebody pays, and not if they don’t is to commercialize the ministry. The principle behind this phrase, “freely ye have received, freely give.” is that everything we do in the ministry for God should be free, and should be given irrespective of financial giving by who gets the benefit of that works. God designed the ministry in such a way that the spiritually mature brethren pay for things, they teach the financial obligation to give to the spiritually immature, but leave giving as a free-will activity free of coercion or pressure. What cannot be done that way, should not be done at all.

We should seek our reward from God in heaven. When a people are unthankful, and finances don’t come in to support something, it should be stopped.

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fam01 Biblical love: How Christians should love

Biblical Love: How a Christian should Love
By David Cox
[Fam01] v1 ©2006
This tract can be freely reproduced for non-profit purposes.

There are at least 4 different Greek words for love that identify different types of love. Each one puts an emphasis on a different sense in the general concept of love.

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ch42 Destitution of Pastor

Destitution of the Pastor

The Destitution of the Pastor

Considerations and Reasons in which the Pastor should leave his office.
By David Cox
[Ch42] v1 ©2011
You may freely reproduce this tract for non-profit purposes.

Many times there are problems in church between the pastor and the members. In general, it is the pastor who governs and directs the church according to the light that God has taught him. In this, the concept of “pastor” is to direct (govern) the flock of God. The Bible does not indicate that the church can remove him because they do not like something that he does, especially when it is of minor importance. But the pastor likewise is not without his obligations and responsibilities. He cannot just do whatever he wants. For some, the pastor is “untouchable”. Once he enters, there is nothing except God in heaven killing him or the very same pastor renouncing that can remove him. But things are not like this.

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ch41 The marks of a bad minister

The Marks of a Bad Minister
How to recognize him

How to discern a bad minister
By David Cox
[ch41] v1 ©2011
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Matt 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

At times, it is difficult to identify who is a true servant of God and who is not. God has not left us without help in the matter though. Continue reading

ch51 Cowboys versus Shepherds

Tract Shepherd versus Cowboys

Shepherds versus Cowboys

By David Cox v1 © 2012
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1Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight [thereof], not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 1Pet 5:3 Neither as being lords over [God’s] heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

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fam11 Pious Mothers: Oh How we need them!

Pious Mothers
Oh, How we need them!
By David Cox
[fam11] v1 ©2008
This tract can be freely copied and reproduced.

Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. Pro 31:29-31

In the world of liberated women and single parent families, we have lost sight of the office of mother. The “mama” has simply become someone who has children, no matter how she acts. God has made the family as the social and spiritual nucleus of society. Satan first attacks the family, and we see his damage in the new concept of mother. God put the woman in the family in order to be a constant and ever evident remembrance of the ever giving of God, the faithfulness of God, and of how we should always give thanks to God for all that He does for us day by day.

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