Sermon for November 24, 2019

Heart Conditions

Jeremiah 17:7-10

לֵב (lêb) (labe) – A form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise, for the center of anything.[1]

Καρδία (kardia) (kar-dee’-ah) – Prolonged from a primary κάρ kar (Latin cor, “heart”); the heart, that is, (figuratively) the thoughts or feelings (mind); also (by analogy) the middle.[2]

לֵבָב (lêbâb) (lay-bawb’) – From H3823; the heart (as the most interior organ); used also like H3820: – bethink themselves, breast, comfortably, courage, understanding.[3]

Heart Conditions According to Hebrews 3:7-13

  1. Hard Heart – (v 8)
  2. Wandering Heart- (v 10)
  3. Unbelieving (Evil) Heart- (v 12)

Evil Heart Conditions

  1. Stubborn (Ecclesiastes 8:11)
  2. Madness (Ecclesiastes 9:3)
  3. Depravity (Jeremiah 17:9)
  4. Extortion and excess (Matthew 23:25)
  5. Fountainhead of all evil (Mark 7:21)
  6. Source of unbelief and covetousness (Hebrews 3:12; 2 Peter 2:14)

Your battle today will not be against “flesh and blood” but the deceitful forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12) and the deceitfulness of indwelling sin (Hebrews 3:13). And these two forces are going to try to use your emotions against you.  Therefore, your emotions are a gauge, but they should not be what guides you.  Faith in God is what guides you!

Luke 8:15 “And that in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bring forth fruit with patience.” (RV)

[1] H3820. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible.  Heart.

[2] G2588. Ibid.

[3] H3824. Ibid.

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