Matthew 23:26 Clean The Inside First

Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. Matthew 23:26

Cleaning dishes is something that is needed to be done on a daily basis. In order for a cup to be clean, one must wash both the inside and the outside of the cup. No one would want to drink out of a cup that is clean on the outside, but dirty on the inside.

The focus of cleaning must start with the inside and then move to the outside.

Jesus was pointing out the wrongs in the Pharisees. On the outside they appeared good and clean, but were full of greed and self-indulgence inside. Jesus said the inside of the cup has to be cleaned first, then the outside will be cleaned.

There are many people who go to church looking good. As they go to church they look nice. They carry a bible, dress up nice, quote some scriptures and can sing all the songs in the service. On the outside they appear to be good Christians.

Inside, their hearts shows a different picture. They are full of greed, they are all about themselves and show and are very rude to others.

The problem with this appearance is that man cannot tell just by looking at them how corrupt they are on the inside. The outside is clean, but the inside if filthy dirty.

Believers who truly want to be like Jesus, will first work on cleaning up their inside. Once the inside is cleaned up, the outside will automatically follow. Everything starts with the heart and flows out from there.

Jesus later says that many will call Him, Lord, but will be rejected. This is because their hearts were not changed, but only the outward appearance. God sees the heart.

As you examine your life, you must ask yourself if what a person sees on the outside, while you are in church, matches what is really in your heart.

Allow God to change you from the inside out. Your heart has to be cleaned up first. This is done by both the Holy Spirit and your choices. Choose to be like Jesus in your heart first, so that the outside will match the inside.

Be a believer and follower of Jesus, both in your heart and in your actions starting with your heart.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to clean up your heart; that you will love God with all of your heart; that your actions of following Jesus will come from your heart; and that you will be clean for God on both the inside and the outside.

2 Peter 2:2 The Way Of False Teachers

Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into dispute. 2 Peter 2:2

In nearly every subject that one can think of, there are many different teachers with differing views on each subject. Each teacher teaches from his own personal viewpoint on the subject. Unless it is a very concrete subject, there are often opposite teachings.

As students are being taught this way, they will often follow that way of belief. In the process of learning there will often come lots of confusion as to what is the actual truth in the matter.

Peter talks about false teachers among them. He says that many will choose to follow the depraved conduct of the false teachers causing confusion.

Just as there are differing teachings in the world, there are also differing teachings within the church. People who do not really serve God are allowed into the church to teach. They begin to teach the principles of the world, rather than those of God, slightly twisting God’s word to say what they want it to say.

Many people in the church have chosen to follow these false teachers. Acceptance of sin and sinful acts are accepted by ‘believers’ as good and acceptable to God.

Others look at this and see confusion. They do not know what to believe with opposing views being taught. The world then ridicules Christianity as being false, because of the opposing teachings.

Every believer must learn to seek out and study God’s word personally. He must know what God is saying, rather than just taking someone else’s word for it. Anything taught by someone must be lined up with all of God’s word to see if it is true or not.

False teachers and false teachings must be rejected and cast out. God is a God of unity, not division and confusion.

You will hear many people speak and teach many things from the Bible. Instead of just taking it blindly as God’s word, study it out for yourself and see if it fully lines up with all of God’s word. Do not fall for their false teachings.

If you are a teacher, you must also take time to make sure that what you are teaching is God’s full word and not a twisted version of His word.

Do not allow yourself to fall into sinful practices as though it was God’s word.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s word in your life; that God will reveal false teachings around you; that God will reveal His truth through His word; and that God will keep you from being confused as to what is truth.

James 2:26 Dead Or Alive?

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26

It is very easy for a person to claim something, but it is more difficult to prove it. People will watch movies and wonder why a person does or does not do some action a certain way. They claim that if they were in that position, they would do it differently.

People will claim that they believe a certain thing, but their actions or words will often show something much different. Actions do not always follow what one is saying.

James talked about having faith and doing something with that faith. Now he says that just as a body is dead without the spirit, so faith is dead without actual deeds done in faith.

In the same way that many in the world claim something, but live differently, many in the church act the same way. Every one in the church claims to believe and trust in Jesus and follow God. However, very few actually do actions that show that they believe in or trust in God.

When trials come their way, many suddenly get scared that God will not provide. When God asks them to step out in faith, many will back down.

Claiming to trust or have faith in God is easy. No one can directly prove differently. Actions are what proves that one has faith in God. A person is considered dead if he does not have a spirit in his body. In the same way a person does not have faith or it is a dead faith, if there are not actions to back up the faith.

Having true faith will cause one to step out and act upon that faith, knowing that God will provide and protect, regardless of the outcome. Anything less is not true faith.

You may claim to have faith in God. While that is a step in the right direction, there must be more. As you claim to have trust in God, you must now take a step of faith doing what God calls you to do or acting upon that faith.

If you do not choose to step out in faith, you must ask yourself if you really do believe God and His word. You must ask yourself if your faith is alive or dead, active or dead.

Is your faith alive or is it dead?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God in every area of your life; that you will act in faith what God calls you to do; that you will step out in action, trusting God’s word; and that your life will show a live faith in God.

Titus 1:16 What Do Your Actions Show?

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. Titus 1:16

People will often claim many different things. They will have claims on what they believe or don’t believe. However, actions often show what they truly believe.

It is easy for a person to claim to believe something, but it is much more difficult to prove that believe by actions. Actions will always expose what is in the heart of a person. It often overrides what is being claimed.

As Paul talks to Timothy, he points out a group of people that claim to know God, but really deny Him by their actions. Everything they do is wrong.

In every church the majority of people will openly proclaim that they believe in God. At the same time, many of those same people will live sinful lives just as openly as they claim in church to believe in God.

They will disobey God’s commands without regret. They will participate in sinful activities of the world without repentance. They refuse to repent and live holy lives unto God and before the world.

It is common to hear of unbelievers refusing to go to church because of the hypocrisy in the the church. While it is true that every believer still sins, one should be repentant and strive to change, not purposefully continue to live in a sinful way.

When one chooses to purposefully live in sin, they are unfit for doing anything good and are detestable in the eyes of God.

God has called every believer to live a holy, pure life before Him and the world. Living the life God has called one to live will show up in his actions that everyone can see. Holy actions will show that one actually does know who God is.

If someone was to watch your life and see your actions, what will those actions tell about your knowledge of God? Every action that you do reveals what is in your heart and who you know and are following.

Actions that are pure and holy reveal that you do actually know and follow God. Actions that are sinful and of this world, reveal that you really don’t know God and are not actually following God.

Each day your actions should match what you believe and who you know and follow. What are they saying today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live the holy life God has called you to live; that you will obey God’s commands for your life; and that the world will know by your actions that you know God.