Morning Prayer, Monday, July 14, 2024 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY:  IT’S A HEART THING

Father God, please cleanse my heart and remove anything from me that breaks Your heart.  Amen

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)

“I need God to protect my heart and remove anything from it that does not need to be there.”  Do you not know that everything you do or say is connected to your heart?  When you say mean things to people, it comes from your heart.  Your desire for things or people, come from your heart.  The thing is, we have stuff in our heart that really should not be there. There is a saying that tells us, “The heart wants what the heart wants.”  That is true and we can use that to make a case for whatever we say or do, but would it be pleasing in God’s sight?  Probably not.  When I did a search in the Bible on the heart, 100 versions popped up.  One of which is Proverbs 4:23 which when paraphrased says, “Watch your mouth.  What comes out of it comes from the heart.”  Why does that even matter?  Well, in Jeremiah 17:9-10, God tells us the heart is very deceitful, “The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out.  But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind.  I get to the heart of the human.  I get to the root of things.  I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.”  In my understanding, it says that sometimes, my heart thinks wrong things, and at times some of those wrong things will flow from my mouth.  According to God’s Word, that should not be happening.  David understood this well as he said to the Lord in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a pure (clean) heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”  There are times especially when someone has wronged me and I struggle with getting pass it that I will pray this prayer and it really does work.  I can tell because of the thoughts that well up in me the next time I see that person.  Listen, it truly is a heart thing.  We have to allow God to search our hearts and then purge any and everything from it that hinders us from living our best life.

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"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.."  John 3:16         

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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