November 4 / Proverbs 4 / Mark 7

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Proverbs 4:18

The road the righteous travel is like the sunrise, getting brighter and brighter until daylight has come.

The more right decisions you make, the easier it becomes to make the next one.

The more temptation you say no to, the easier it becomes to turn down the next enticing, self-pleasing, life-stealing offer.

Mark 7:1-23

Jesus could not be any clearer on what it is that makes us unclean.

It is obviously not the failure to keep traditions.

“You put aside God’s command and obey human teachings.”

So why do we still judge and condemn those who fall short of what we have culturally deemed important?  Even in our “Christian” cultures…?

The only thing that really makes us unclean is our hearts.  Only God can judge the heart, for only He can truly know it.  Stop judging others, if for no other reason, than the fact that it is utterly impossible to do so anyway.

Our message therefore should be simple and repetitive: Cultivate your heart to love Jesus, to pursue Him with your whole being.  Sell everything you have to buy that field with the treasure in it!

ONLY THEN will even the beginnings of evil intentions start to dissipate from your inner thoughts>>>>

Lying to someone will become unthinkable because of your love for Christ.

Using someone will become repulsive because of your love of Christ.

Anger at drivers will disappear because of your love of Christ and them.

Love of money will be stupid because of your love for Christ.

Sex with someone you are not in covenant with, even the thought of it, will lose its appeal because of your love for Christ.

Envy and jealousy will be so dumb because you see you have all you need or could ever want in Christ.

This is not to say that the world, the flesh, and the devil will not tempt us the rest of our lives. But it is to say that the desires of our heart do (supernaturally) change as we turn more and more toward the love of Christ. For as we more deeply experience the love of God, all other things we have found to be pleasing or useful are seen in the new light of the risen Christ, and are rendered silly at best, life-threatening at worst.

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