A. When Moses instructed the children of Israel, he taught them to keep God’s word in their hearts (Deuteronomy 6:1-7).
- They had to set their hearts for this to occur (Deuteronomy 32:46).
- Consider the difference between Rehoboam and Ezra (II Chronicles 12:13-14 and Ezra 7:10).
- The law of Christ teaches us to have the words of our Lord in our hearts and live under the authority of those words (Colossians 3:16-17).
- As of old, having the words of our Lord abiding in us is an aid to our faithfulness (I John 2:24).
II. Body: Psalms 37:28-31
A. Today, who are the righteous (I John 2:28-29 and I John 3:8-10)?
- In contrast, all unrighteousness is sin (I John 5:17).
- Those that are unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom, but saints are not supposed to be of that number (I Corinthians 6:9-11).
- How can I lie, be proud, devise evil, etc.; when I know how God views such (Proverbs 6:16-19)?
- How can I allow this world to dictate my actions when I know how God views that which is highly esteemed among men (Luke 16:15)?
- How can I disobey God, commit actions of unrighteousness, knowing what will happen as a result (Romans 1:18)?
- How can I do anything sinful [unlawful; I John 3:4], when I know what that does to my Lord (Genesis 6:5-6 and Luke 19:41-42)?
- Don’t try to navigate the strait and narrow (Matthew 7:13-14) by your own thoughts (Jeremiah 10:23).
- Obediently follow the steps of the Savior (I John 2:3-6).
- Do so in a manner wherein you take pleasure, not bondage, in the will of our Lord (Psalms 119:24; 119:47; 119:92).
III. Conclusion: What’s in our heart (Deuteronomy 30:14 or Isaiah 32:6)?
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