Thursday, September 10 2009
Verse Of The Day: V4 “Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.”
How you are today is how your heart is today. The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart. When your heart is evil, you shall be evil no matter how hard you try to be good. Conversely when your heart is good, you shall always be good, and people around you can feel and experience your goodness from your good heart.
1. God Rewards Good Hearts
V4 “Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: …”
God rewards you when you circumcise your foreskins of your hearts or when you keep your heart pure and holy. God shall surely draw near to you and bless you with peace and joy when your heart is pure and holy before Him.
James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
2. God Punishes Evil Hearts
V4 “… lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.”
God punishes the evil hearts and cut down or destroy them like grass and green herbs. Many times, we get upset when we see evil doers got off scot-free and injustice prevails. We fail to realize that God shall certainly punish the evil doers though it may not be swift it is sure, as God hates evil.
Psalms 37:1-2 “Fret not thyself because of evil doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.”
3. God Loves All Hearts
God loves all hearts as He warned the people of Judah and Jerusalem to purify their evil hearts lest His fury come upon them like fire. God desires all hearts to repent and turn to Him and be saved.
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please clean my heart and make it pure and holy.