“And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 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 7:20-23)
Did you just read the Scripture I posted up at the top?
Shew, looks like our hearts can lead us into some pretty awful ways of living! Wonder why we want to follow our hearts if they are leading us into such destruction?
We started this year in the blog with the idea of dwelling in God in order to learn of Him and live through Him during 2018 (and beyond). Today’s passage is actually a vivid contrast as to what can become of us if we don’t let Christ have and rule our hearts.
If I could ask for a show of hands, I wonder how many of us would raise our hand affirming that we want to commit adultery and ruin our marriages today? Or, how many of us would say we want to murder someone today and go to prison or be executed for our crime? Or maybe how many of us would want to slap that woman sitting next to us in church? Hopefully ALL of our hands would remain steadfastly clasped in our laps! Surely NONE of us would want to do any of those things….(well, maybe some of us would want to slap someone)
None of us want to ruin our lives, right?
Then why do we intentionally listen to our hearts instead of Christ? Our hearts are leading us to destruction on ALL fronts.
“But Sheri, I am not in a relationship with anyone other than my husband!” you say. Then I ask you why are you flirting with that man when you go pick up your kids from school or children’s Church? Why did you let your eyes linger in a gaze across the room to that good looking dude at Starbucks? I’ll tell you why. Your heart wants to take the reigns and lead you to misery and you weren’t paying attention.
I’m picking the sexual sin out here because I have heard about a LOT of lives being destroyed by this very thing recently and as much as I shouldn’t be surprised, I always am when I see another marriage and ministry crumble because of it. Hundreds of lives have been destroyed and the testimony of another ministry sullied because one man decided to let his heart lead his passions instead of Christ.
The issue of the heart and what is guiding it is of paramount importance to each and every one of us. We MUST run to the altar in our private time with the Lord and offer Him our heart before it tightens the grasp and throws a bridle in our mouth to take us in a direction that is contrary.
I don’t think we have to really question ourselves whether or not we are obeying God, because we KNOW when we are stepping out in our own thinking. I do, so you must. And the same Holy Spirit that convicts me is the One that convicts you. But, if we can’t decide about something and are unsure, God tells us how to remedy that.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
No surprise there that God points us to HIS Word in order to find the Truth.
He doesn’t want us to stumble and He doesn’t want us to fall so God gave us a sure footing with the Scripture. If we will place our heart on the altar, submitted and pliable to His teachings, then we are in a good spot.
Who has your life today? Your heart or God? It’s one or the other and the destination will be determined by your answer.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,