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September 23, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: A Pure Heart


Pure Heart

 

Jeremiah 17:9

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.

 

Proverbs 20:9

Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;
I am clean and without sin”?

 

Thought for Today

The human heart is a fickle thing. We know what we should focus our hearts on, yet they seem to have a mind of their own. Our hearts are drawn toward all manner of inappropriate things; things that dishonor God. Worst of all, the prophet Jeremiah tells us that our hearts are “beyond cure.” That is to say, we cannot make our hearts pure by the force of our will or determined discipline. Our hearts will always betray us. There is hope though. When we turn our hearts to God and focus our attention on Him it changes the inclinations of our hearts. The Holy Spirit begins to reshape them into the image of Jesus heart. We will explore what it means to have a pure heart before the Lord this week. May God bless us to begin living with greater understanding of our hearts.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I confess that my heart is often focused on the wrong things and drawing me into places of compromise. Change my heart, O God, that I may live in a way that brings You glory. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

no matter how little it might seem, if you are doing it for the Lord and you are doing it with a pure heart, it is not a waste of time ― Sunday Adelaja

 

Quote of the Day

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. — Eleanor Roosevelt



Comments

09-23-2019 at 6:47 PM
Pastor Eric
Bill, Shazam does have a great message to it! Thanks for the article
09-23-2019 at 9:49 AM
Bill P
Watched “Shazam” last night, “Pure Heart” big theme in that DC Superhero movie. Obviously not from a religious perspective, but a great starting point message, especially from Hollywood these days.
Christian movies are doing very well this year apparently, here’s article on four of the big ones

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.christianpost.com/amp/4-christian-movies-coming-out-this-summer.html

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September 20, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Heart of Passion 5


Jeremiah 31:12

They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord (ESV).

 

Thought for Today

Our verse for today provides a beautiful picture of worship: the people of God gathering together in radiant joy at the goodness God has poured out on them. Often the challenges and disappointments of life cause us to miss the joy of God’s goodness towards us. If we take the time to remember all of the goodness God has blessed us with: the cross; the empty tomb; the Holy Spirit; the gift of faith; eternal life; family; our daily bread; and on and on; we will become radiant as we enter His courts. Take just 5 minutes to make a list of His goodness towards you. I bet you can fill a page! Review it before you go to church and see how it impacts your attitude towards worship.

 

Prayer

Lord God, thank You for all the goodness You have poured out on my life. Help me to celebrate Your goodness this weekend with radiant joy. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote for Today

This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified. ― Martin Luther

 

Quote of the Day

Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. ― Desmond Tutu



Comments

09-20-2019 at 10:14 AM
Bill P
I’m very grateful for these amazing daily devotionals!
:-)
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September 19, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Heart of Passion 4


1 Peter 4:2

So as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.

 

Thought for Today

Here are a couple of shocking facts for you. The word “passion” appears in the English Standard Bible 27 times, all in the New Testament (it is never used in to Old Testament). The most shocking part is that not a single reference to passion is a positive one. Every single reference to passion is a warning or admonition against submitting to worldly passion. So what does that tell you? Passion is defined as a “strong and barely controllable emotion”. According to God’s Word we are never to be ruled by our emotions. This is not to say that we shouldn’t get emotional about the things of God, but they should never control or compel us. We are to be a peopled ruled by a reasoned faith. Faith is not an irrational thing, regardless of what those in our culture try to tell us. Faith is based on the irrefutable fact of the resurrection of Jesus and our relationship with a living God. God has proven Himself trustworthy both historically and in our own lives. Our emotions are engaged to love others because He first loved us. Please don’t hear me saying that emotions have no place in the church or the life of faith, they absolutely do. However, our emotions should never override our faith or reason, they should always serve them.

 

Prayer

Lord God, I thank You for Your great love for me. Help me to love others because You first loved me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world. ― C.S. Lewis

 

Quote of the Day

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. ― G.K. Chesterton



Comments

09-19-2019 at 7:54 AM
Bill P
Great thoughts here Pastor. If I reconcile what passion means to me with this explanation I indeed find it to be true.
We glorify passion and assign it to people who accomplish great “worldly” things, but most often you can identify that persons passion was a “blinder” and while a goal was achieved so to was some destruction along the way. The Chesteron quote is close to this theme, but uses Love as the driving emotion and not blind “Passion.” Seems to me a great discussion about how we can manage our passions but avoid the destruction along the way. Just like our present culture, way way way too passionate and destroying our civil faith based society along the way!
Christ has the “True Passion” because his Passion saved us all!
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