Bible Ballistics: BBs #147 Near In Word??? Or Heart???
I just want to share a brief thought with you this morning. For most of you who follow Bible Ballistics, I’ll be “preaching to the choir”. But I felt the need to share a call to repentance and righteousness before the God whose name we claim.
“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” Matthew 15:8
We live in a culture where it’s acceptable to do and say almost anything, except the truth of God’s Word. People who claim the name of Jesus with their words-sometimes-also curse and swear with the same mouth. God calls us to better. But is there a deeper problem?
“Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.” James 3:10-12
And why does the ‘mouth’ cause us so much trouble? Jesus himself answers that question.
“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:” Matthew 15:18-19
So??? Here’s our shot for today. Check your heart!
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2 Corinthians 13:5
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:1-2
And our greatest confidence can be in God!!! He knows and HE will reveal your true condition to you, if you’ll but bow before Him and diligently ‘seek Him while He may be found’!
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:19
Is your faith vain or genuine??? Examine your life by God’s standard NOT the world’s. May God open the eyes of those willing to see? You are prayed for……. When you ‘talk the talk’—make sure you ‘walk the walk’ by the power of Jesus, because:
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Remember, if you belong to HIM you CAN walk in HIS newness, righteousness and power.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
He is here for YOU!!!