THE SINNER’S HEART
This is a heart that is ruled by the prince of this world. He dominates the life of a sinner with his many evil spirits, two of which are the spirits of pride and selfishness. Satan was at the center man’s heart with the peacock, lion, pig, serpent, and other animals represent some of the pain, violent, unclean, and subtle spirits which dwell in the sinner’s heart. Even the apparent good that such a heart produces is unacceptable to God because it is motivated by pride and self-honor.
In this heart may be sins such as drunkenness, resulting in behaviour that brings shame and disgrace. It may be filled with lust and speak evil things(Proverbs 23:29-33). The habit of using tobacco is often found in this heart, disgracing and defiling the body God would desire to have as His temple(1Corinthians 3:16,17).
Human or fleshly lusts, immorality, fornication, and adultery dwell here, if not in deed then in thought. Jesus said that even to look on a woman with lust is to commit adultery with her in the heart(Matthem 5:28). It delights in the shameless and sinful lives of people about it. Dance halls, cinemas, theaters, and filthy literature feed the lusts of sinner’s heart. “He that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body” (1 Corithians 6:18).
Excessive eating is equated with drunkeness, and under the Old Testament law it was treated as a very serious sin (Deuteronomy 21:18-21). Marijuana, cocaine, opium, hashish, and many mood altering drugs may occupy this heart. Some of these destroy not the mind but the body and soul of man.
Gambling, cheating, stealing lying, and deceit bear heartbreaking fruits. Many of these sins ar justified by excuses such as, “Everybody is doing it.”This isn’t all wrong,” or “Everybody else does it.”
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THE SINNER’S HEART