The Trouble Within

We spend a great deal of time seeking to look good in our everyday life. We shower, shave, get our hair cut or styled, perfume up, pick out the best looking outfit and walk out of the house to blow people away with our looks. We can look like a million dollars and yet, like Crabby Appleton, be ‘rotten to the core’. The way we look really does not let the world know who we are. The old saying was, “Clothes make the man”. All clothes and make up do is to cover our imperfections. Jezebel was one of the most beautiful women in the Bible. She is the classic example of beauty being ‘skin deep’ because under that beautiful facade was an evil so great even the prophet was afraid. Her beauty hid an evil heart. We can be the same way until we speak of act and then our ‘true colors come shining through’.
Jesus said, “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.” Mark 7:15. He went on to say.”For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” Mark 7:21-23. Jesus was not caught up in clothes or looks, he was able to see man’s heart. “…….for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7. We can fool any number of people with our outward appearance, but we cannot fool God at all.
If we spent as much time cleaning our heart as we do cleaning our clothes and our outer body, we would be closer to the Lord and be strong in his word. “Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.” Deuteronomy 10:16. Circumcision requires a cutting and a removal of that which keeps us from being all we can be. When applied to the heart, in order to have God enter into our heart, we need to remove all reservations, secrets, all doubt and unbelief from our heart so he can begin his work in us. We need to open all doors we have kept shut and let the light of his word enter in to force out all darkness. Once Jesus enters into our heart, he will begin to drive our all evil. Our conversation will change, our thoughts will change and as we speak, good and not evil will come out. The evidence of what is in our heart will be made manifest. When the heart is evil, our life and our conduct will be evil, but when our heart is pure, our life will reflect the love of Christ and our fruit will evidence the change of heart.

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