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Summary: Sagging Hearts 1. It’s Growth 2. Its Cause 3. It’s Result 4. It’s Evidence 5. It’s Remedy

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The Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas

- Women purchase approximately 85% of all valentines.

- 180 million red roses sold

- Flower sales $397 million

- In February 2006, Jewelry stores sold

$2.6 billion worth of merchandise

- 36 Million heart shape candy boxes

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- Our hearts at this time of year turn to

love – Buying the best

> 3 dozen roes $214.99

> Romantic Collection - bear, balloon,

chocolate $119.97 ,

> 12 roses with hugs (bear) $59.99

> One dozen with vase - $49.99

> Heart shape Godiva chocolate $65.oo

- What about our lives?

- Are we like an abandon building with

sagging floors

- Can’t be trusted or you go through

- Beams underneath rotten, missing or I

nfested with bugs

- Is this a picture of our lives?

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> Galatians 3:1

O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

> Galatians 5:7

7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?

> Hebrews 3:12

12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

+ 1. The Growth Of Sagging Hearts

- Whatever occupies the chief place in our hearts & lives that takes the place of God will cause our heart to sag

- Sagging Hearts are not a crises

- It is a process

- A gradual sliding down the hill of

“Holiness Unto The Lord”

- A sliding into the low valley (basement) of the old- self-life

> X - I Jn 2:15-17

> Un-watchfulness ---- Neglect of Secret Fellowship - Trust in God

> I Jn 2:15-17 - Lust of the Flesh

Lust of the Eyes

Pride of Life

> X - LOT ----- Lust of the flesh

- Gen 13:5

> X - SAMSON - Pride of life

- Jud. 16:4-20

> X- DAVID ---- Lust of the flesh

- II Sam 11.1

+ 2. Cause Of A Sagging

Heart

> LOT - Worldly association in

business or companionship

> SAMSON - Un-equally yoked with

unbelievers

> DAVID - Harboring unclean thoughts

or feelings

- Lot & Samson Refused to make

confession after having sinned

- Only David - II Sam. 12:13

+ 3. Results Of Sagging Hearts

- LOT - Emptiness

> X - Gen. 19:30

- SAMSON - Humility

> X - Jud. 16 21-24

- DAVID - Pain

> II Sam 12.10-12

+ 4. Evidence of a

Sagging Heart – PSALMS 51

> v. 2-3 - Attracted to world pleasure

> v. 6 - Neglect of the Word

> v. 8 - Poor Christian Fellowship

> v. 10 - Discontent and fault-finding

> v. 12 - Satisfied with present

attainments in Sp. things

> v. 13 - Unconcern for Unsaved

> v. 17 - Little desire for prayer

+ 5. The Remedy For A

Sagging Heart

- Back to the old house

> Return - Take a look at what has been

abandon

> Recognize - Examine

> Repent - The Rot has to go

> Renounce - Replace with new sound

beams

> Restore - Relationship with Christ


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