Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.” Matthew 19:8
It is common for people to make up their mind about something and refuse to budge on it regardless of what others say or show. This is often done due to past experience or training.
In the process of holding on to a certain way to do something, many will often refuse to accept or see the correct way of doing something. It becomes all about themselves, rather than the correct way or rule.
When asked why Moses permitted divorce, Jesus told them that Moses allowed it because their hearts were hard and that it was not that way from the beginning.
Society allows for divorce for nearly any and every reason a person may give. This has become so prevalent in society that there is very little difference in or outside the church. Most divorces occur out of a hardness of heart towards one another.
In the same way that divorce is allowed inside the church, there are also many other sins allowed inside the church as acceptable.
People harden their hearts towards God’s word and make choices based off of their feelings rather than His word. Sin is justified as good or ‘not-so-bad’. They refuse to allow their hearts to be softened towards God’s word and truth, so that they may do what they want.
At the time a person becomes a believer, he is to become a new creation, someone different. The old things and ways of doing things must be put off. His heart is to be one of flesh, not of stone.
No believer should be hardening his heart towards God just to justify his behavior or actions.
Just as everyone does have sin in their lives, so do you. However, you must never justify the sin, ignoring God’s commands.
Choosing to obey God’s commands may be difficult or painful for a time, but it is always for your best interest in the end. Seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you to make the right choice.
Do not allow your heart to become hardened against God’s word so that you may live in sin. This is not only with divorce, but in every other area of life. All sin is done out of hardness of heart and selfish desires.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have a softened heart of flesh towards God’s word; that you will obey God’s commands; and that you will choose to turn from all sin.
This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Hebrews 8:10
Contracts are drawn up all the time by two different parties to have written down what is expected by both parties. The purpose of it being written down is so that if there is any discrepancy about what to do, it can be seen and resolved immediately.
Following a contract has nothing to do with the heart, but just a matter of obligation.
Quoting from Jeremiah 31, the author of Hebrews shows that God had planned to make a new covenant with the people. This one would be written on the hearts and minds, so that He would be their God and they His people.
When a law is just a law on paper, but not in the heart, people obey it only when seen and only to keep from getting caught. It is not something that they want to obey, but just have to in order to keep from getting into trouble. Very few people desire to be in trouble.
If the law is not a part of one’s desire, it will be extremely difficult for the person to fully obey it. He will find ways to circumvent the law or just straight out not follow it.
The people of Israel had this problem with God’s Old Testament law.
When Jesus came, God changed how things would be done. Instead of being written just on paper, His law would be on the hearts and minds of the people.
Having the law on the heart and mind, makes one want to obey the law, not forced to. It becomes part of one’s own desire to do.
If you are like most people, you struggle with obeying God’s law. You want to, but often fail.
Allow God to place His law upon your heart. Instead of His law being something you have to do, make it something you desire or want to do.
Hide His law in your heart, so that it becomes a natural part of who you are. It will become easier to obey God, since you know in your heart that He is your God and you are His, not just on paper.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have God’s commands upon your heart and mind; that you will live to please God; that you will know God’s love for you; and that you will be a part of God’s family.
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. Hebrews 3:1
Every person has thoughts all the time about many different things. These thoughts can be about what is currently happening in their lives, in the lives of others, about things that could happen, things that did happen and much more.
Unless a person is dead, his mind is always thinking about something. The things thought about can be uplifting or it can bring a person down.
The author of Hebrews tells all believers to fix their thoughts upon Jesus, who is seen as their apostle and high priest. This is done because of who Jesus is and what He has done.
The majority of the world is thinking about how to make things better for themselves. Their thoughts are on the temporary things of this world and how to please themselves.
Believers are to have a mind that is transformed and changed to one of Christ. His mind was one that had an eternal perspective of life and events. Jesus always focused upon eternal things, rather than the temporary things of this earth.
Everything that is temporary of this earth will fade away and no longer be of any concern to a believer. Rather than worrying about the temporary troubles of this world, one must focus on the eternal souls of people that are dying, the same focus Jesus had.
As the mind of a believer is focused on Jesus and what He desires, the temporary troubles of this world will fade away. The way a believer changes his thoughts is by staying in prayer and in God’s word on a regular basis. He will allow the Holy Spirit to guide and focus all of his thoughts on Jesus, rather than sin and self.
Every day you will have many thoughts that run through your head. You have to choose which thoughts you will entertain.
The world is trying to gain your mind to control you to sin. God is there to help you focus on what really matters for you and for others. Rather than let the world and sin have control of your thoughts, give those thoughts over to God.
Focus on what God is doing and wants you to do. Think on what God has told you in His word and know the life and peace He has for you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to guide your thoughts; that you will think about God’s word to you; that you will think as Jesus thinks; and that all of your thoughts will honor God.
Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 2 Timothy 2:16
The majority of people all over the world love to talk. They love to talk about all types of topics that are of great interest to them.
Most often people like to talk about themselves and what they are doing or what they think about a situation. It is common to hear someone talk about the local, national or world events that are occurring.
Some of these topics directly involve the individual, while many do not have any direct effect. Some are uplifting, while most are not.
Paul tells Timothy to avoid any godless chatter. The reason to avoid it, is that anyone who does it will become more ungodly.
When a person is talking, he is always talking about what is on his heart and mind. It is the process of revealing what is in the heart to others who are willing to listen.
God has given every believer a commission to be His witness. In order to be a witness, one must talk about what he has witnessed. For the believer, this means he must talk about what he has witnessed that God has done. His topic of discussion will be on God and the things of God.
Many in the church have chosen to talk about the topics that the world is discussing–the latest movie out, the latest sports team, wars, politics, local events, and more. Most of these things have absolutely nothing to do with God. While not inherently bad in and of themselves, these topics can lead a person away from what God wants them to talk about.
The believer needs to have God in his heart so much, that when he speaks he is talking about God and the things of God.
Take note of what is your primary topics of discussion from day to day. Realize that what you are primarily talking about is what is in your heart and is your desire.
Allow God and His purpose for your life to become your main focus. Saturate your heart and mind with God’s word and God’s mission. As you do this, it will keep you close to God and from all sinful ways and thinking. It will allow you to be His witness as He has called you and all believers to be.
What are you talking about? What is on your heart?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the things of God in your heart and mind; that you will be willing to talk about what God is doing and wanting; that you will be a witness of Jesus in your talking; and that you will stay close to God in all you say and do.