OCTOBER 02, 2016




Start With The Heart!  "For out of the heart," Jesus observed, "come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander" (Matt. 15:19).  Evil actions spring from evil attitudes.  This is not a new concept.  In Noah's day God says "how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time" (Gen. 6:5). 


            "Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful" (Joshua 1:8).  Meditate on the law.  Our thinking these days is not only worldly, but shallow.  We need to "meditate"—take some time to think over what God has said and allow this mediation to wash over our souls, and saturate our thinking.  Be sure of this: the way we think is the way we will behave!


            Because of our televisions, computers, electronic items, friends, schools—and our own degenerate thinking—are so worldly, a lot of God's word is needed to compensate. "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer" (Psalm 19:14).  So often in religion we hear people talk of what they received (or didn't) in church, how they were pleased (or displeased) with what went on.  We cannot afford to forget that the bottom line in Christianity is whether what happened was "acceptable in God's sight, or not."


            "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night" (Psalm 1:1-2).  Is your thinking influenced by "the wicked," the


"mocker," the"sinner," or by God?  I have observed, over the years, that brethren are even affected by the Christian companionship they keep.  If you are around a negative, resentful Christian, that's the way you become!  David instead determined to "meditate on" God's "precepts and consider" His "ways" (Psalm 119:15).  "Oh that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!"  (Deut. 5:29).  God promises Israel, "I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord.  They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart" (Jer. 24:7).That is what God wants of us, too.  We control our attitudes ourselves.  We behave according to what's in our hearts.  If we have the word of God in our hearts, we will behave like God and His Son Jesus Christ.  May the Lord God Almighty forever keep you and your lovely family in His loving arms of care?