IF I REGARD SIN
IN MY HEART
THE LORD WILL NOT HEAR ME
by Tony Alamo
Lord, “Let those that fear Thee [God] turn unto me [come my way, to my church], and those that have known Thy testimonies” (Psa. 119.79). The Psalmist David said, “I am a companion of all them that fear Thee, and of them that keep Thy precepts” (Psa. 119:63). Yet even Godly companionship is subject at times to decay and desertion, as when all the disciples of the Lord Jesus, the night before His crucifixion, “forsook Him, and fled” (Matt. 26:56). Perhaps the slander of David’s proud enemies had alienated his friends from him, and thereby evoked the prayer of this text. But much more true, David’s own sins, including the adulterous affair with Bathsheba,1 the murder of her husband Uriah,2 and the nine long months of him not repenting of his sins caused his Godly associates to withdraw from him, and when David sought the face of his God in repentance, he desperately felt the need to be restored in the favor of his brethren. It is a sad thing to report the weakness and corruption that will come to pass in one instant when or if a person of God takes their eyes away from Him for even a moment.3 Christians must pay strict attention.4 We must continuously apply our Lord’s warnings from the book of Revelation 3:2. Let this scripture be your friend: “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.”
Who should have been more loyal one to another than Barnabas and Paul, especially after Barnabas, in the love of God, patiently took Paul before the disciples who feared Paul in the Jerusalem church, proving to them the sincerity of the former persecutor’s conversion (Acts 9:27-28)? They afterward established together the church at Antioch (Acts 11:25-26), then traveled together from Antioch to a fruitful and successful missionary journey (Acts 14:26-27). But even the companionship of these two spiritual giants was severed over an argument over John Mark, a very young convert and helper in their travels (Acts 15:30-44).
The thoughts and affections of all men are in the eyes and hands of the (Lord), the Sovereign God, to direct and dispose of as He wills, according to the proverb “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will” (Prov. 21:1). Therefore, through Christ’s discipline, the saved man works to his utmost to be known as sincere, inoffensive, and peaceable toward all men. He understands that a true friend, with whom he is able to share not only common interests in the world but also the burdens and cares of his spiritual life, is a gift from the Lord.
The apostle James says, “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:2-3).
So many ministers who are the enemies of God are doing today the very thing God told Nathan the prophet that God’s enemies would do because of the evil deed David did to Uriah’s wife, and subsequently murdering Uriah. Nathan told David, “Howbeit, because by this deed [adultery and murder] thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord [which is the devil and his demons] to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die” (II Sam. 12:14). The occasion that the enemy takes advantage (great advantage) of to blaspheme is that the enemies of God’s preachers use David’s sins to make it look as if people can commit adultery, and or murder, which is also abortion; they won’t get away with it at the Judgment Bar of God.
The entire Bible condemns adultery, murder, fornication, and all sin.5 An example of this fact from God is in I Corinthians 6:9, which says, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators [even the kids in public schools who are being taught to fornicate, murder, and be homosexuals, where the wicked government encourages children to disobey God], [no fornicators, no murderers, no] idolaters [whatever or whoever is your idol that you put before God], nor adulterers, nor effeminate [homosexuals], nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards [to be on drugs is drunkenness], nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” There is a much hotter place in Hell and the Lake of Fire for those who teach people to sin,6 such as teaching fornication, homosexuality, and murder to the children in government run public schools, which is how they are weakening the nations. “They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?” (Isa. 14:16-17). These kids are going to spend eternity with you devils in fire, and the “churches” today will not convincingly speak or teach of Hell, the Lake of Fire; they soft-peddle Hell and the Lake of Fire, saying that God tolerates sin and is all forgiving, when He is not like that at all. He is wonderful, but He is also severe and strict. What can we do about it? It’s either His way, or Hell and the Lake of Fire, which also is His way, no in between!7
The false teachers of Satan say, “David’s example should be an example showing that we can sin and get away with it.” David never got away with it! You or I won’t, either! And how do you compare your vile self to David? Did you ever give your whole life to God? Did you ever defend the Gospel of the living God, the people of Israel (Christians), and write most of the book of Psalms as David did? God said that David sinned only in the case of Bathsheba and Uriah, just once in his whole life!8 Can you say that? I think not!
“Let my heart be sound in Thy statutes; that I be not ashamed” (Psa. 119:80). King Solomon said, “A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones” (Prov. 14:30). If even physical health is dependent on the soul’s freedom from emotional and moral vice, how much more vital is a sound heart, the seat of one’s thoughts, affections, and will, to spiritual health and prosperity! David carefully adds to his petition his prayer for a sound heart, the words “in Thy statues” revealing that it was no subjective, indiscernible attainment that he sought, but a visible conformity of his whole life, from his inmost secret thoughts to his most public actions, to “the form of sound words” (II Tim. 1:13), given by God in the scriptures. To possess a sound heart recognizable by its characteristics should be the prayer and desired end of every saint.
First of all, a sound heart is an enlightened heart, one who knows God’s Word the KJV Bible, a mind no longer blinded by Satan, the god of this world, and held captive to unbelief and habitual sin. Because of sovereign mercy, such a one can truly say, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God [the Word of God, the KJV Bible] in the face of Jesus Christ” (II Cor. 4:6). His heart is no longer deceived, trusting in the lying vanities of the world, the delusion of self righteousness, or the false hope of a hypocritical religious profession (Isa. 44:20, Jonah 2:8). This person receives that “Salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9), and that “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (II Tim. 1:7). A sound heart is a pure heart, a heart devoted to the pursuit of holiness.9 Its holy fear is “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psa. 66:18). Its frequent prayer is “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psa. 139:23-24).
Ask the Lord to save you and your loved ones now by this prayer! Pray now to God:
My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. 2 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. 3 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit 4 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so. 8 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 11
You've just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up the cross daily for the purpose of mortifying yourself, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the death of Christ.
Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, then submit yourself and do what the Word says, so that the Church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God's Word, His order, and His authority in and by you.
Praise the Lord. May God reward you abundantly.
Pastor Tony Alamo
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If I Regard Sin In My Heart The Lord Will Not Hear Me footnotes:
1. II Sam. 11:1-5 return
2. II Sam. 11:6-21 return
3. Gen. 3:1-19, 6:5-7, 20-26, Lev. 10:1-2, Num. 20:7-12, 23-24, Josh. 7:15-26, 9:3-27, I Sam. 13:9-14, 28:16-19, I Kings 11:7-11, 13:8-24, II Chron. 16:2-9, Matt. 14:24-32, Heb. 2:1-4, Jude 6 return
4. Deut. 5:9, 7:9-11, I Chron. 16:11, Hosea 12:6, Matt. 24:13, John 8:31-32, 15:4-5, 9, Rom. 8:35-39, I Cor. 16:13, Gal. 5:1, 6:9, Eph. 4:14, 6:10-18, Phlp. 4:1, Col. 1:21-23, 2:6-8, I Thes. 3:8, II Thes. 2:15, 3:13, II Tim. 2:12, 3:14-17, Titus 1:9, Heb. 3:5-6, 14, 4:14, 10:23, 12:11-17, 13:9, James 1:12, 25, I Pet. 5:8, II Pet. 1:10-11, 3:17-18, Rev. 16:15 return
5. Ex. 20:3-17, Lev. 20:10, Num. 35:16-21, 30-31, Deut. 5:18, Prov. 6:32, Matt. 5:27-28, 19:9, 18, Mark 10:11-12, 19, Luke 16:18, 18:20, John 8:44, Rom. 1:18-32, 13:9, I Cor. 5:8-13, 6:18, 10:5-10, Gal. 5:19-21, Eph. 5:3-7, Col. 3:5-6, I Thes. 4:3, James 2:11, I John 3:15, Jude 6-8, Rev. 9:20-21, 21:8 return
6. Isa. 14:9-19, II Pet. 2:1-10, 12-15, Jude 6, Rev. 18:23-24, 19:20, 20:7-10, 13-15 return
7. Job 11:8, Psa. 139:8, Amos 9:2, Matt. 11:23, Luke 10:15, Rev. 20:13-15 return
8. I Kings 15:5 return
9. I Kings 8:61, I Chron. 14:10, Psa. 7:10, 9:1, 13:5, 19:8, 24:3-5, 27:8, 14, 28:7, 33:21, 34:14, 40:8, 57:7, 69:32, 86:12, 101:2-5, 105:3, 108:1, 119:2, 10-11, 112, 138:1, Isa. 26:3 return
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return