SATURDAY 25TH FEBRUARY, 2017
THEME: GOD’S BLACK LIST
TEXT: PROVERBS 6:16-19
HYMN: EMHB 300 – Breathe on me, breath of God
There are hundreds of sins in the Bible. Some of them carry the death penalty by stoning while all sins are abominable to God. In our text today, only seven of the abominable sins are focused. They are – a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood (murder), a heart that plans evil or wickedness, feet that run to do mischief, a false witness, and he that sows discord among brothers or people. Which of them do you commit?
The human heart is the engine room that sustains life. The heart is also a place where all evils are plotted before being carried out. Human’s heart can be extremely dangerous if it is devoid of the Word of God. God Himself regretted that He created human beings because of the evil devices of their heart. Genesis 6:5 says “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Verse 6 adds “And it repented the Lord that He made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.”
When Christ comes into the life of a person, his heart is truly broken by the Word of God. Sin can no longer find a place in such a heart. That evil nature disappears. The heart begins to thirst after righteousness and all his thoughts are refined and purified by the Spirit of God. May the good Lord grant us a godly heart and the right conscience that constantly seeks to do the will of God. A person with a good heart will run away from sin, whether it is deadly, abominable or otherwise because sin is sin. A sin as little as foolish talk or lying is the same as murder or adultery.
MEMORY VERSE: Proverbs 6:16-18 “These six things doth the Lord hate; yea, seven are
abominable to Him. A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart
that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil.”
PRAYER: Purge me of all impurities and grant me a heart that is for righteousness in Jesus’ name.