Matthew 12:34 Overflowing Heart

You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Matthew 12:34

Every person has their own personal opinion about many issues in life. Most people are willing to share what they feel about some issue that is occurring. For some, they are very strong on what they think, while others hold loosely to their feelings.

When a person shares what he is feeling, one can tell where his heart is. It reveals what he is passionate about.

Jesus strikes back at the Pharisees and their heart and words. He points out that one speaks only what is hidden in their heart.

No person can truly see into the heart of someone else. However to see what is in the heart of a person, all one has to do is wait, listen and watch the person. No matter what a person says, it will always come from inside of him, from the heart.

Those who are not living for God will speak as one not from God. It may be peppered a little with love, but most often it will be filled with selfishness, pride, greed, and death. The world will try to say it is allowing life by promoting sinful practices, but in reality it is showing hatred and death, since all sin leads to death.

Everyone who has a heart filled with God’s love and Spirit will speak as God speaks. There may be harsh words at times, but they will also be filled with truth. Their words will always point back to God and His standards of life.

It is the words spoken that reveal what is in the heart. Is the heart filled with the ways of this world or the ways of God?

In order to know what is really in your heart, take a moment to listen to what you speak. Do your words mirror those of this dark and dying, sinful world, or do they mirror those of God?

What is coming out can be controlled by what is put in the heart. Fill your heart with the things of this world and all that will come out are the dead things and ways of this world. Fill your heart with God’s word and His Holy Spirit and life will flow out of it.

What does your words reveal about your heart?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hide God’s word in your heart; that your words will be those of Jesus; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to everyone you meet.

Hosea 14:2 How To Return To God

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Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may off the fruit of our lips.” Hosea 14:2 

Admission of being wrong is a very difficult thing for many people to do. Often they fear that they will be cast out, condemned, or rejected if they admit that they did something wrong. However, more often, people feel as if they were not wrong.

People do not like to admit that they were wrong, because it means they have a fault and are not perfect. It reveals something bad inside of them. Their ‘good’ appearance is no longer any good.

Hosea tells the people to take some words with them and return to God. They are to request forgiveness and reception back into His household.

While many believers are willing to confess their sins to God, there are some that have allowed themselves to slip into sin to the point that they feel they cannot confess any more. Their guilt is so heavy upon their hearts that they cannot forgive themselves, nor see that God will forgive them.

But God is a loving and compassionate God who is ready and willing to forgive. God was so willing to forgive a person of his sins that He was willing to send His one and only Son, Jesus to die upon the cross to make it possible. Jesus went willingly to the cross so that He could forgive every person of their sins.

No matter how far a believer has fallen away from God and into sin, he can always return as long as he has breath to ask for forgiveness. God will immediately accept him back into His household. All it takes is for the fallen person to ask.

You may have fallen away from serving God. You may have allowed sin to overcome you and pull you away from God.

It is not over. God is waiting for you to return. He is not waiting for you to return so that He can strike you, but so that He can forgive you and build you back up into the person you were created to be.

Take the time to admit to God your sins and seek His forgiveness. Even if you have not walked away from God, you can confess any sins you have done. God is waiting for you to continue to make you more like Jesus everyday.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not fear His condemnation; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will confess everything to God; and that you will know God’s acceptance of you.