Luke 16:15 God Knows The Heart

He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.” Luke 16:15

People will often break the laws or cheat the system, doing something that is normally seen as wrong. When they are confronted about it, many will try to give an acceptable excuse as to why they did it and should not be punished.

There are also many who do good things, but for selfish and wrong reasons.

After Jesus told a parable about loving money, the Pharisees sneered at Jesus. He pointed out that they were just justifying their false actions, but God knew their heart and that the things people were valuing, God was hating.

It is sadly common that many believers in the church, who have a sinful habit, will try to justify it as acceptable. Often these sinful habits are things of the heart, that can be acceptable if done if done with the right motive.

There is nothing sinful about having money, but it can become sinful to desire money above God and what He desires.

Some believers will praise the very same things that the world praises. Things such as wealth, prestige, property, looks, position, titles and more. While God can use these things, God does not see them as of high value as man does.

A believer can have any or all of these things and not sin, if he is using them for God’s glory and praise. He does not use them for selfish purposes. This is a matter of the heart, that only God can truly see and understand.

Every believer must check his heart in what he does and wants. These things must be guided by God’s heart, not his own or that of the world’s.

As a believer, you must be willing to allow God to examine your heart’s motives in your actions. Seek to know what God values highly and run after that. Going after anything else will fail and will be detestable to God.

God’s first goal for you is for you to be like Jesus. His next goal is for you to be His witness to make more people like Jesus. Everything that you think, say or do must follow after God’s goals for your life. Anything else will be found as disgusting to God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have a heart after God’s heart; that you will desire what God desires; and that your motives of thoughts, words and actions will honor God.

Mark 8:29 What Is Your Opinion?

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” Mark 8:29

Everyday people talk about their opinions on what they think about different people and situations. The majority of people tend to make their opinion about someone famous based off of what media says.

If the large media likes that person and portrays him positively, more people will also like the person. At the same time, if the large media portrays the person as bad, most people will hate him or think less of him. Many allow their thoughts about a famous person to be dictated by the public at large.

Jesus had been asking the disciples who the people think He was. After hearing their answers, He then asked the disciples who they think He was. Peter said He was the Messiah.

Every year around Christmas and Easter, the world talks about who Jesus was. Most of the world tends to think of Him as a good teacher and a good person, but nothing more than that, and that is at best. Many also hate Jesus because of His strong words.

Sadly many in the church claim that Jesus is the Messiah, but are still trying to do good works to earn their way into heaven. They also do not want to completely surrender their lives over to Him, allowing Him to save and use them to build His kingdom. They are believing the deception of the media that Jesus is just a good teacher and not The King, The Master, The One in absolute control.

Each person, individually, has to make their own decision as to who Jesus is. Each one has to choose if He is the Messiah or not, if He is in control or not, if He is King or not. Their choices cannot be based off of what others think or say, but off of personal experience with God.

As with everyone else, you also have to make a choice as to who you think Jesus is. It is a personal choice that only you can make. Your destiny on this earth and for all of eternity is based off of who you think Jesus is.

If you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, your Savior, then you must ask yourself if you live believing that. Do you allow Jesus to be your Savior and in control of your life? Or do you try to earn your salvation and be in control?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow Jesus to rule your life; that you will know Jesus as more than a good teacher; and that you will let the world see who Jesus is through you.

Matthew 23:27 Clean Only On The Outside

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. Matthew 23:27

Outward appearance is only skin deep. It is easy for a person to look like a very good person on the outside, but be completely different in character on the inside.

Inner, true motives for actions are very seldom revealed by many people. Actions can often be driven by self pride, jealousy, revenge or some other sinful reason, even though the action looks good.

Jesus harshly rebukes the Pharisees of being hypocritical. They looked good on the outside, but inside were full of sin.

Just as many in this world can be very ugly on the inner character, while looking good on the outside, many believers can be the same way. Some in the church can quote lots of scripture and teach very well, looking good on the outside, but their thoughts are on sin all the time. They can be jealous, greedy, lewd thoughts, inner anger and more things that cannot always be seen on the outside. They are whitewashed tombs.

When Jesus came, He came to heal the whole person, from the inside out. Believers are to be a new creation, that takes captive their thoughts for God’s glory.

The inner heart must match the outer actions. One must never let his thoughts run rampant with sin. Ugliness on the inside will always override and destroy beauty on the outside. If they not match inside and out, there is hypocrisy, doing one thing, but thinking another.

Either the believer is serving and following Jesus with his whole life, inside and out, or he is not.

Only you and God can know whether your actions and heart line up with God’s word or not. People can only see your actions, but those actions come from the overflow of your heart.

Allow God to work inside of you to change you from the inside out. Let God give you a clean, pure heart that truly follows Him.

Do not do one thing on the outside, while having an inner heart full of sin and deceit. If you do that, God will spit you out for not truly making Jesus your Lord.

Have your heart and actions matching each other. Don’t be a hypocrite.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to change your heart and thoughts; that God will make you a new creation; and that your thoughts and actions will honor God.

Zechariah 3:5 A Clean Mind

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Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by. Zechariah 3:5 

The mind is a powerful part of every person. It can make or break a person very quickly. It is what can give the person the internal motivation to accomplish a difficult task. It is also what can bring on enough fear to keep someone from doing the most simple task.

Every thing that is said and every action, whether good or bad, comes from a thought from the mind. What covers the mind is what determines what can come from it.

Joshua the high priest was being given new clothes to minister in. With the new clothes it was representative of his being cleansed of sin. Now he was given a new turban for his head.

When a person becomes a believer and chooses to follow Christ, he is given new clothes and a new heart. These clothes are the clothes of Christ, His righteousness and holiness.

The heart is often seen as the core part of man’s thinking and beliefs. It is sometimes used interchangeably with the mind. Believers are also to put on the mind of Christ, to think as He thinks.

Jesus had a firm belief in His Father and what He could do or what He should not do. There were no doubts in His mind for either action.

Every believer must also have the same mind as that of Jesus, knowing what is right and wrong, what God wants them to do or not do. Without God giving one a new mind, people are stuck in sinful thoughts, binding them to sin. As the mind is given a new turban, or helmet, he now has the mind of Christ that thinks the right thoughts.

You may be like most people in battling thoughts each day. Satan uses your mind to get you thinking about sinning and how enticing sin is. Turn away from those thoughts and put on the mind of Christ.

Allow God to change your thought patterns to ones that will follow after God. As you change your thoughts from sin to God, you will know that in Christ you can do all things and that God is with you and will never leave you. This will empower you to do God’s work.

Where are your thoughts today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to change your mind; that you will allow God to clean your mind of sinful thoughts; and that God will do great things through you as you believe Him.