Devotional - January 18, 2017
Scripture: Mark 7:14-30
Devotional: Hey guys, I hope you guys are having a great week. Sorry I missed you guys yesterday. From start to finish, my day was jam packed. From bringing word to our church in our 21 days of prayer, to hosting a surprise birthday for my mom. After all was said and done I tried to sit down and write, but I was down for the count! Like I mentioned, I was given the privilege to speak in front of some of the church yesterday morning in our 21 days of prayer and fasting. I spoke on the place of desperation, which has been a topic in my heart since last Friday night. If you have not checked out my videotional on it, click the link below to listen to it. Here is an image from yesterday's devotional.
Anyways today I continued my reading of the book of Genesis as well as Mark. I was caught with what Jesus said in verse 14, 15 “All of you listen,” he said, “and try to understand. It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.” When I read that it really spoke to me because I have been dealing with some moments of tension and frustration at work. I won’t go into much detail, but I know that I really need to examine my heart because it is the foundation of who we are. The bible even says in Luke 6:45 “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” That speaks volumes to me because we at the end of it all we will reap what we sow; whether through our mouths or actions, our hearts will speak out someway and somehow.
God’s main focus is our hearts. He wants to change us from the inside out, not from the outside in. Change from the outside in will not result in lasting fruit, it will only dwindle and crumble. In the passage Jesus is saying the same thing. That outside things do not defile you, your heart defiles you. Mark 7: 21 he says, For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.” That is what comes out of our hearts naturally, so how much intentional and harder do we have to work to produce the opposite? How much time do we need to spend with God daily to help us overcome this? I would say as much as possible.
Prayer: I pray that we allow God to be the surgeon of our hearts. Let’s allow him to rip out all that does not please him and insert all the things that do.
Challenge: I challenge you to continue to examine your heart, but also allow the Holy Spirit to examine your heart and continue to mold it, break it, shape it and do whatever he wants.