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HEARTS THAT DEVISE WICKED IMAGINATIONS

  This is fourth in a list of seven things that are abominations to God.
(Prov. 6:16-19) Wicked imaginations are literally "thoughts of iniquity."
These are the malicious schemings of the hearts that have become the
devil's workshops. The heathen rage and the people imagine vain things.
(Ps. 2:1) Some become inventors of evil things. (Rom. 1:30)
  1.These things come forth from hearts that are deceived by sin. "A
good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good
things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil
things." (Mat. 12:35) Truly, "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he."
(Prov. 23:7) We must keep our hearts with all diligence because out of
our hearts come the actions of our lives. (Prov. 4:23) We literally
act out our thoughts in our lives. God hates to see people who imagine
and invent evil things instead of listening to his will.
  2.The wicked actions that caused God to send the flood upon the earth
came from the evil thoughts in the hearts of the people. "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.
And it repented the Lord that he had made man on this earth, and it grieved
him at his heart. And the Lord said "I will destroy man whom I have created
from the face of the earth..."(Gen 6:5-7a) The results of evil imaginations
are violence and corruption. "The earth was also corrpupt before God, and
the earth was filled with violence."(Gen. 6:11) So God destroyed wicked
men from the earth by a flood. If Noah had not been a man who walked
with God and obeyed God, the human race would have perished long ago.
God hates evil imaginations that produce evil actions.
  3.One problem with people is that they do not like to retain God in
their hearts. While Moses was on the mountain receiving the law, Aaron
went along with Israel at the foot of Mount Sinai and made a golden 
calf for the people to worship. They said, "these be thy gods, O Israel,
which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." (Ex. 32:4) How vain
were their imaginations! No golden calf parted the waters of the Red Sea.
No golden calf killed the firstborn of the Egytptians. No golden calf
fed Israel any manna in the wilderness nor brought water from the rock
at Rephidim. They needed to be praising the Lord God who had helped them 
and was at that moment helping them.
  4.Men in their imaginations think that our world came into existance
as the result of a great explosion in the universe. The order of the
world, the intelligance of men, and the procreation of living things all
cry out that the world had God Almighty as creator. The heavens declare
the glory of God and the firmament shows his handiwork. (Ps. 19:1-3) The 
fact that man is wonderfully and fearfully made also speaks of the God
who created him. (Ps. 139:14)
  5.Men with evil imaginations are always inventing more evil things
to lead people into sin. Ready availability of alcoholic beverages 
make more drunks. "Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink."(Hab. 2:15)
The gambling devices that men invent to entice people away to gamble away
their money that is needed to pay bills, to buy food and clothes for 
children, and many other good uses that could be made of it are but
another manifestation of evil imaginations. Pornography and molestation
of children and some adults are other evil ways that people devise to hurt
and destroy human beings. The wicked things that can be found over the
internet are but further manifestations of wicked and perverted minds.
Those with wicked minds infiltrate day care centers, schools, nursing homes,
and just about any other institution with their evil ways.
  6.Those with wicked imaginations are described in 2 Tim. 3:1-9 as
lovers of selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient
to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers,
false accusers, without self control, fierce, despisers of those that
are good, traitors, heady high-minded, and lovers of pleasures more
than lovers of God.
  Instead of this, let us have the mind of Christ who humbled himself,
came in human flesh, and obeyed even until death. (Phil 2:5-9) Let
us love God and our fellowman. Let us seek to do people good and to
be pleasing to our God.

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