These things defile: Matthew 15.18

“But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a person.”

Matthew 15.18

Jesus taught on true defilement. Ceremonial uncleanness pointed toward the greater evil. The inner person is the source of unholiness and profane one’s words and actions.

Conversion from the heart and control of the mind are necessary to one’s sanctification. From evil thoughts that enter will come evil words and sins. It cannot be otherwise.

#votd #Matthew #heart #uncleanness

Out of the treasury of the heart: Luke 6.45

“The good person out of the good treasury of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasury produces evil, for his mouth speaks from what fills his heart.”

Luke 6.45

Jesus taught us to know if a tree is good or not, by its fruit, v. 44. Though wolves disguise themselves as sheep and hypocrites may appear, sooner or later the heart will appear in one’s words and actions.

In my life do I treasure the good or evil? Is it “trash in, trash out,” or “pure in, pure out”?

#votd #heart #words #good

Out of the human heart: Mark 7.20-23

“He said, ‘What comes out of a person defiles him. For from within, out of the human heart, come evil ideas, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, evil, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, pride, and folly. All these evils come from within and defile a person.’”

Mark 7.20-23

Jewish tradition concerned itself with what defiled and made one impure. Jesus went to the heart of the matter. Defilement starts from within, in the mind.

Control of mind starts with Scripture. Reading, meditating, and praying over the Bible purifies and strengthens. God renews the mind, Rom 12.1-2, and thus the whole person.

#votd #sin #mind #heart #inner-person

In their hearts turned back: Acts 7.39

“Our ancestors were unwilling to obey him. Instead, they pushed him aside, and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.”

Acts 7.39 CSB

In his defense before the Sanhedrin, Stephen showed how Israelite history proved their resistance to God’s plan in Christ.

Israel did not literally go back to Egypt. But they wanted to return. In their hearts they turned back. Do our hearts wish for the world?

#votd #heart #Acts

Heart reflects: Proverbs 27.19 VOTD

“As in water the face is reflected as a face,
so a person’s heart reflects the person.”

Proverbs 27.19

This cryptic verse probably means that if we want to see the real person, we must look into the heart to discover what drives and interests us, what our loves and decisions are. That ought to be compared with what God wants us to be.

What kind of self-analysis do you perform? How often? What process do you follow to compare it to God’s word?

#heart #reflection #VOTD

VOTD: Proverbs 4.23

“Carefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of true life.”

Proverbs 4.23 CEV

The heart refers to the inner man, mind, motives, decisions. It’s where everything starts.

How are you guarding your thoughts? What can we do to protect the mind?

#heart, #proverbs, #votd

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1-31-2017 Shame In Sins

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man” (Mark 7:21-23 NKJV).  Jesus is showing that sin is a heart matter, not completely from the outside influence of neighborhood, city, country, or friends! Half of this list is not in the 10 Commandments, so keeping the 10 Commandments will not save anyone today! People commit murders, adulteries, fornications, or thefts, or blaspheme God because their heart is evil! Christians must: “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God” (Hebrews 3:12 NKJV). God’s Word does not dwell in an evil heart, so “walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us” (Ephesians 5:2 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#evil-heart, #heart, #sin

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11-26-2015 Thanksgiving Is A Mouthful

But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks” (Ephesians 5:3-4 NKJV). Surely we can see that filthy, smutty, dirty language that spews from a person’s heart cannot be canceled out by an hour or a day of “thanksgiving.” Jesus made this very clear when He said: “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34 NKJV). “Thanksgiving” should not be confined to a day, but to a way of life, and a change of heart. David said: “I will wash my hands in innocence…That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving” (Psalm 26:6-7 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#filthly-language, #heart, #thanksgiving, #way-of-life

Sermon Fodder

Need some fodder that can lead to a sermon idea?

How about this:

A tender heart leads to a tinder heart.

#heart, #sermon-ideas

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4-9-2015 What Is Discrimination #4

Solomon said, “a wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgment, Because for every matter there is a time and judgment” (Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 NKJV). Today, Christians are “those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14 NKJV). Skin color is no basis for discrimination, but a moral decision is! If discrimination against skin is opposed along with discrimination against the immoral, then Solomon “saw under the sun: In the place of judgment, Wickedness was there; And in the place of righteousness, Iniquity was there” (Ecclesiastes 3:16 NKJV). This is “throwing out the baby with the bathwater.”

Throwing out all “discrimination” because some of it is wrong, destroys the difference between ”good and evil.” Jesus said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#appearance, #discern, #discrimination, #heart, #iniquity, #judge, #judgment, #righteousness, #skin-color, #solomon

Where love is not there hatred is for…

Where love is not, there hatred is; for the heart cannot remain a void.

Bengel

#heart, #love

WRITTEN WHERE?

Where, how and on what a message is written sometimes tells us something about it. For example, the expression is used regarding the “writing on the wall” which often refers to something doomed for failure. For King Belshazzar — during the days of Daniel — he literally saw a hand actually writing on the wall and it caused him great fear. (Daniel 5:5-9) The message did spell doom for his kingdom. (Daniel 5:24-28) Yes, the handwriting was on the wall and that very night Belshazzar was killed and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom. (Daniel 5:30-31)

We also have the phrase of that which is noted as being “written in stone.” As opposed to something written in sand that can be quickly washed away, this expression usually refers to something being more permanent and unchangeable. When God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, they were written on stone, but in Moses’ anger at the people involved in the breaking of the very first two of those commands (Exodus 20:3-5), the stone tablets were hurled down and broken. (Exodus 32:15-19)

Those writings were significant and were destined to duly impact the lives of those to whom they were brought about at the hand of God. Still, where is the most significant place for God’s message to be written? The writer of Hebrews noted what had been prophesied to be where we read. . .

(10) For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Hebrews 8:10 ESV)

This was with reference to the new covenant in Christ (Hebrews 8:8-9) as prophesied through Jeremiah. (Jeremiah 31:31-34) However, this was God’s desire all along as even David acknowledged. (Psalm 40:8) With God’s Commands and Will held within our heart, we will be led away from sinning against Him. (Psalm 119:11)

In view of Paul’s ministry of the Word to those at Corinth, Paul stated. . .

(3) And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. (2 Corinthians 3:3 ESV)

As disciples of Jesus, is this truly showing with us? May we allow the writing of God to be on our heart so that our life can be properly lived according to His Will.

Have a great day WITH GOD’S MESSAGE AT HEART!

“teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org

#heart, #law-of-god

Holy Hyperbole!

“Hyperbole” is a common figure of speech. We use it all the time. Oops — I just used one! Hyperbole is exaggeration used on purpose for the sake of emphasizing a point. Here are some examples of hyperbole: * “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times.” * “She is older than the hills.” * “He’s strong as an ox.” * “She’s quick as a cat.” * “That suitcase weighs a ton,” etc., etc. Hyperbole stresses a point by exaggerating. It is the verbal equivalent of a highlighted section of text in a bold and brilliant color.

Jesus used hyperbole in Matthew 5:27-30 to issue one of the most startling and challenging demands in all His teachings. In that passage He is illustrating that true conformity to God’s law goes further than outward obedience to a list of “Thou shalt not’s.” The passage reads this way: You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.” Do what, Jesus?! Those are graphic images — take a scalpel or a knife and remove an eye if that eye is influencing you to sin; or take a saw and amputate your hand if that’s what it takes to keep from sinning. What goes here? Would Jesus have us be into self-mutilation of our physical bodies?

The answer is no, No, NO, NO, NO, NO! In no Bible passage does Christ call followers to physically maim their bodies. The passage is a powerful example of hyperbole. In this case, holy hyperbole, because what Jesus demands of His true disciples is to take temptation and sin seriously, especially the sexual kind. By means of holy hyperbole Jesus reminds us that adultery does not begin in a bed or the back seat of a car. It begins with a look that lingers. The look then turns to lust. The lust leads on to adultery with the one who is the object of our lust — if not in an actual motel room or physical hide-away, at least in the secret and unseen chambers of the heart and mind. Back to the passage quoted earlier, Christ warns that we should get serious about sexual sin. The greatest threat of adultery, actual or mental, is that those who practice it will ultimately be ‘cast into hell.” That’s an outcome our sexually liberated, sex-saturated culture has all but completely air-brushed out of its sexual mentality. Be that as it may, Jesus demands His disciples to pluck some things out and cut some things off. A voluntary amputation, not of physical eyes and hands, but habits and behaviors and places and maybe even some people who pressure us to sin sexually, whether in our minds or with our bodies. Maybe cutting off some TV shows or internet sites or some magazines or music or movies. How serious are you about avoiding the sin of adultery, even in your heart? Christ warns us to avoid it at all costs — and He uses holy hyperbole to stress the point. Is there anything or anybody in your life you need to pluck out and cut off to avoid adultery? Think about it.

Dan Gulley – Smithville Church of Christ, TN

#adultery, #avoiding-sin, #heart, #holiness, #hyperbole, #sermon-on-the-mount, #sin, #temptation

Award Shows…the Heart

It’s the award giving time of the year for Hollywood and all of its media branches. It’s a time when the “people choose” and all the little gold-plated men go to the brightest stars of the multibillion dollar industry. After all, who doesn’t like a good pat on the back? But at the end of the day, the awards given out show more than just who’s “number one” – they show the true heart of Hollywood.

Look at the movies that win. You don’t have to watch the shows to find out. The news channels fall over themselves trying to tell you about it. The movies that win the vast, vast majority of the time are ethically, morally and socially rotten. They continually glorify and celebrate murder, prostitution, hate, violence, profanity, fornication, organized crime, greed, theft, lying and adultery. Whichever movie pushes the envelope the best usually ends up finding its name inside the envelope to get the award.

“But the actors and actresses deserve an award because they make it look so real”, some say. Well I say if you want to see real then get out on the streets where real people suffer because of the things that Hollywood celebrate! But that wouldn’t be any fun would it? The claim of, “movies help to escape reality”, while reality is made up of the actions and behaviors that the movies celebrate just don’t make sense to me.

Never forget, what goes in the heart comes out of the heart. This is true on a personal, community, cultural and national level. And if one considers the poor and disgusting behavior of people on the big or little screen award worthy, then that award helps to reveal what the heart really values. So who’s the winner of our heart going to be? It’ll be whoever we lay out the red carpet for.

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.” (Matthew 15:18-19 – NKJV)”

#award, #culture, #entertainment, #heart, #hollywood, #movies

HEART FOR JESUS!

When there is the expectation of a child being born, what will become of that life is held dear, especially in a mother’s heart. Though Mary’s conception was out of the ordinary (Luke 1:34-35), her experiences as a mother would have been most natural. Her role, however, began with an OPEN HEART to what God was going to be working through her in the coming of the Messiah into the world. (Luke 1:38) It was an OPENNESS IN SPITE OF NOT UNDERSTANDING all the details and all that was to come.

Our Lord’s coming and life journey on earth were filled with wonder. Following the visit of the shepherds we read. . .

“(19) But MARY TREASURED UP ALL THESE THINGS, PONDERING THEM IN HER HEART.” (Luke 2:19 ESV)

Then, when Jesus was of the age of twelve — after finding he was not among their relatives for their journey home — they returned to Jerusalem, marveling to find Him in the Temple talking with the teachers there. Again we read. . .

“(51) And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And HIS MOTHER TREASURED UP ALL THESE THINGS IN HER HEART.” (Luke 2:51 ESV)

Jesus’ earthly parents “DID NOT UNDERSTAND” (Luke 2:50 ESV), but a treasury of moments and thoughts began to FILL THE HEART of Mary. Other than the description of Jesus growing intellectually, physically, spiritually, and socially (Luke 2:52) we do not have much written about Jesus’ early years. Most of what is recorded in the Gospels is that of His three short years of ministry.

We might wonder what other thoughts Mary may have TREASURED UP IN HER HEART. Though there was a STRUGGLE IN UNDERSTANDING (note also Luke 8:19-20), the OPENNESS following the Lord’s resurrection and ascension into Heaven had her in the midst of the disciples. (Acts 1:12-14) In spite of life’s struggles and sometimes confusing situations, may our OPENNESS OF HEART to the truths of Jesus keep us in the midst of His disciples.

Have a great day POSSESSING A HEART THAT TREASURES THOUGHTS OF JESUS! – Carl Hanson

Part 1 of a 3 part series from “teEn-MAIL”

(“teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org)

#faith, #heart, #jesus, #joseph, #mary