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Just Imagine Your Own Personal Documentary.

This is just an analogy. Just imagine you passed out of this life and you woke up in a gigantic theater. In front of you is a huge screen. Then to your right, all of a sudden, these doors open an angel flies in and comes up to you and says welcome to the Theatre of Judgment. Relax. Just watch the screen. There on the screen you see your life. It’s everything you ever did here on earth. It’s everything you ever said here on earth. It’s everything you ever thought. These are what are called the sins of commission. However, then you proceeded to watch the sins of omission. These are all the things we should have done but we didn't do.  At the end of the film, as you're recovering, the angel comes back and says, “Relax. There is going to be a second showing. Then all the people who were featured in the film of your life are all waiting outside. We're going to let them in and come and view your life a second time.”  How would you feel if your life were judged on that basis? That

What’s in Your Heart?


 “Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” - Proverbs 4:23

This verse is crucial to understanding life because in it God informs us that people and situations are not the controlling factor in our words and actions. God informs us that our heart directs our behavior. In Luke’s Gospel (Luke 6:43-45) “For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit, nor, on the other hand, a bad tree which produces good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” Jesus speaks to the truth of Proverbs 4:23 by using the metaphor of trees and fruit.


Just as there’s a systemic and organic relationship between a tree and it’s fruit — there is a systemic and organic relationship between my heart and my life; my heart and my behavior! Sin is not rooted outside of me. Circumstances and relationships are merely the location that the sin in my heart is revealed.


APPLICATION: If the heart is the source of sinful behavior, any genuine and lasting change must begin with my heart and work its way out into the fruit of my life. If my heart isn’t changed, any change in my words and actions will only be the result of some external pressure (If I don’t change I’ll lose my marriage, my girlfriend or my job). And that kind of change is only temporary. When the external pressure is gone, or if my incentive to change goes away (the spouse leaves, the job is terminated) the apparent change vanishes.


That’s why the heart is the target of all ministry. Any transformation of behavior passes through the heart.


By the way — this is the core difference between religion and Christianity. Religion imposes a set of external religious/moral demands upon men and women that are supposed to change the heart. Christianity is all about Jesus radically transforming the hearts of men and women — God giving to us new life — God working in us a desire to do His will and the empowering to do it — producing the fruit of a radical new set of values and way of living.


Bottom line — If you’re careless with your heart, your life will get messy. We are going to see time and time again as we go through the Book of Proverbs the relationship between a man’s heart and his words, his actions and his life.

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