Sin Disfigures The Heart
Our actions are determined by the moral state of our hearts. Often we give into worldly attractions without considering how they penetrate and change our souls. This manifests in our struggles with gluttony, comparing spouses and children to the Joneses, the checks we write, the kinds of books we read, the TV shows we watch, and ultimately in the way we treat ourselves and others. Unfortunately we’ve bought into the lie that most of our dissatisfactions and attractions are valid and justified. Therefore we allow them to slowly take over and disfigure our hearts.
Everyday fatal attractions:
· Lust of the forbidden fruit – Just because it pleases the senses it does not mean it will satisfy the soul. (Ge 3:6, 1Ki 11:1, 4)
· The grass is greener on the other side (Ge 13:10-13)
· Appetite for more than we can handle – lack of self-control is like a highway to destruction (Ge 25:29-33)
· Love for material things (Jos 7:21)
· Misplaced ambitions (Mk 10:35-40)
Our desires and perceived needs should be always filtered through the Word of God. It is a spiritual discipline that requires of us to die to self. His will for us is to attain higher values and display those in the broken world around us. Scripture warns us that once the heart is disfigured it becomes a source of evil, unbelief and greediness. (Mt 23:25; Heb 3:12; 2:14)
The conditions of a sinful heart:
· Stubbornness (Jer 9:14, Ecc 8:11)
· Madness (Ecc 9:3)
· Depravity (Ro 1:29, 2Pe 2:19)
· Extortion and Excess (Jer 22:17, Mt 23:25)
Potiphar’s wife is a great example of a woman who has embraced a life of gratifying the flesh. Her heart has been corrupted by the lusts of the world giving birth to sin. Click here to read the her story Ge 39:7-18
What was Potiphar’s wife everyday fatal attraction/s?
What condition/s of a sinful heart is/are displayed in her character?
What was missing in her life?
Making it personal:
What is your everyday fatal attraction?
What is the condition of your heart?
What is missing in your life?
Let's pray: Dear Lord, how easy it is for us to slip into believing lies. All it takes is to give an inch and the lusts of this world begin to creep into our hearts and take over. It is a subject we don’t like to think about because it makes us feel uncomfortable. Facing the lures of this world often means dying to self: saying no to that delicious piece of cake, no to the cute outfit that is 60% off, no to watching the latest most popular show on TV because it promotes sinful lifestyle, no to comparing the achievements of my family to others, ... Heavenly Father, open my eyes, cleans my heart, let your Word replace the lies I’ve so easily bought into. Help me see the plan You have for my family. Rekindle the hunger of my soul for Your Word. Renew the enthusiasm that comes with being on a journey with You. When the lures of this world beat against my heart may Your Holy Spirit remind me that I belong to You. Only You can supply the best for what I miss in my life. Set a hedge of protection around my family, help us to make the tough choices and swim against the tide. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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