The Enslaved Heart #841

Harlotry, wine, and new wine enslave the heart. (Hosea 4:11, NKJV)

Sin takes possession of the heart, taking it away from its God-assigned place of holiness to places of moral defilement and apostasy. Sexual infidelity has taken away Israel’s heart from the moral purity expected of Jehovah’s people. Driven by selfish lust, sexual immorality is wholly unsuited for hearts that are given to God. Again, wine takes away the heart from a place of self-control. Wise Solomon said, “Wine is a mocker,” and the one who imbibes of wine is a fool on the path of error (Prov. 20:1). His inspired counsel, therefore, was “do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly,” for its results are bitter (Prov. 23:29-35). New wine is the juice that is pressed from the grape. Even the produce of the vine can take away the heart, when one values filling himself with material prosperity above and before trusting God. We must put God first, not material gain. Do not expose your heart to being captured and taken away by sin. Israel was destroyed because she refused to know and obey this truth (Hos. 4:6).

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