The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied from above. (Proverbs 14:14)
Everything begins in the heart. Dreams, goals, righteousness, and sin are born in the heart. Just as these things begin there, they can also end there. God says that if you have done it in your heart, you have done it openly. The potential to succeed or fail is in our hearts. The thoughts of the heart do not need to manifest themselves to accomplish their consequence. Sin in the heart, whether committed openly or not can destroy the best of dreams. For you see, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”(1) We can fool man by our outward actions, but not God. He is more concerned with the heart than the deed, and He awards accordingly. When there is good in our hearts, God will satisfy that heart. Remember, if you do it wrong in the heart, you have done it wrong openly, but if your heart is right, God knows.