I have been meditating on these scriptures:
Matthew chapter 15:10-11 -- He then called the crowd together and said, "Listen, and take this to heart. It's not what you swallow that pollutes your life, but what you vomit up." 15:16-20 Don't you know that anything that is swallowed works its way through the intestines and is finally defecated? But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It's from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornication, thefts, lies, and cussing. That's what pollutes. Eating or not eating certain foods, washing or not washing your hands -- that's neither here nor there." (the Message version).
I was meditating on these scriptures for two reasons.
- There's plenty of talk (especially now that we are in the month of January) about what we should be eating and what we should not be eating.
- What we say with our mouth is coming from our heart. This is what we should be concerned about more then the talk about what we put in our mouths
What do you allow to come out of your mouth? Is your daily dose of words polluted by faithless talk? Do you do more complaining then praising? When was the last time you said something good to someone or about someone?
I'm not trying to be all up in your business -- but I have and I know we ALL have struggled with faithless talk every now and again. Sometimes it's so easy to look at the situation instead of looking to Jesus. Trust can be HIGH one day and low the next. I don't want to sabotage my blessing by speaking words that are faithless or cruel coming from the heart.
How are we to do that? I know for sure -- spending MORE time in the word always helps. The bible tells us to do something and that is to renew our minds. He did not say He would do it -- but that we had to. (Romans 12:2)
Another thing, if your heart is telling you that you can't do something like:
- Loose weight
- Eat right
- Be positive
- Save money or follow a budget
- Form healthy habits
Check your heart
Yes out of our heart comes lots of things, as Jesus mentioned in the scripture above, but we can check our hearts to see what's coming out of it and pray and ask God to help us to make the change. Forget new years resolutions -- pray and ask God to help you. We can't do anything good on our own -- we need Him to help us in every area of our lives. Talking about change for the better. Heart surgery. Lord let my heart be pleasing in your sight, in Jesus name!
Until next time...
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