EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING BY:
PASTOR PAUL RIKA:
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
DATE: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20
TEXT: Mark 7:14-23:
14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:
15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.
16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.
18 And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;
19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?
20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
KEY VERSE: Job 14:4
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
The heart is the main thing that produces the issues of life. Jesus says from the heart proceeds good things – good thoughts, good words and good works. Also, from the heart proceeds evil things such as evil thoughts, evil words and evil works. But whatever the heart produces is in your hands thereby making you responsible for a heart that does evil, a heart that speaks evil, a heart that produces evil.
You are responsible because there is something you should have done with that heart which you failed to do. That is why you need to know the kind of heart you have so that you can do something about it. What kind of heart do you have? Is it one that produces good works or one from which proceeds evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride or foolishness? Being called a Christian does not determine who you are.
There are many in the church with evil heart. It is your heart that describes who you are in the sight of God, not your activities in the church. Judas was one of Jesus’ disciples who went about with him everywhere proclaiming the gospel message and performing miracles, signs and wonders, yet events later proved that he had an evil heart. He joined forces with the enemies of God to get Jesus arrested and crucified. His heart revealed him as a traitor.
You need to have understanding about this matter and do something about your heart so that it may begin to bear good fruits unto eternal life. If you are diligent, determined and purposeful about it, you can get your heart changed from evil to good. What kind of heart do you have? May the Lord give you understanding of this message. Our God is always telling us new things.
I pray that He will open your eyes to see deep things that will influence your life for good; things that will deliver you from evil. Bible says we shall know the truth and the truth shall make us free. I pray that the Lord will grant you the knowledge of this truth about the condition of your heart and what to do about it. May the Lord grant you the freedom of the victory that follows this truth in Jesus Name. Amen.
Thought for the day: You can rule over your heart to live for God.
Song for the day: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable……
Bible reading for the day: Numbers 3-4; Mark 3:22-35
PASTOR PAUL RIKA