How is Your Heart?
"And he called the people to him and said to them, "Hear and understand: 11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person." 12 Then the disciples came and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?" 13 He answered, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. 14 Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit." 15 But Peter said to him, "Explain the parable to us." 16 And he said, "Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? 18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. 20 These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone."
Jesus tells us plainly that our sin problem is internal, not external.
Removing externals, such as food, sexually immoral people, thieves, etc. does not remove our propensity to sin. Jesus said our sin is inherit. Sin comes from our heart and is internal.
Who will deliver me from this body of death? JESUS!
We who have repented of our sin and believed the gospel have the POWER to overcome our internal propensity to sin. We will cover how we use this power in the coming devotions.
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Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures: