Bible Ballistics: BBs #226 What Is Inside Will Come Out!
It’s a lovely morning here in Oklahoma as I watch the sunrise after days of rainy clouds (for which we are so grateful). To have confidence in the creator of all things and know that as long as this world exists (And we know it will come to an end—for God’s Word tells us it will) the earth’s cycles of nature will continue:
“While the earth remaineth,
seedtime and harvest,
and cold and heat,
and summer and winter,
and day and night
shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22
We live in a world ordered by our God. He set the end from the beginning. He has entrusted us with a stewardship of the earth, but the earth IS NOT our God. Nor is earth our “Mother”. God is our creator, and Father to those who have been born again by the blood of Jesus Christ, but this earth is simply the environment where God has placed us, and while we are to exercise good stewardship of the wonderful creation that He has blessed us with, we are not to worship it. God is God over all of creation, and nothing going on around us has caught HIM by surprise. We can rest in Him and trust to His provision and purposes because:
“The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun. 17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter. 18 Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O Lord, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.” Psalm 74:16-18
Those who ignore God may credit other things with the creation and functioning of the world, and they may also often progress in their alternate viewpoints to the point of “blaspheming” the name of God!! That is dangerous ground, but I’d like us to go a bit farther than this ‘earth/world’—I’d like us to think about not only our stewardship of the “world” but also our “words”! Why, you might ask? What do my words have to do with God’s creation? Well my dear friends, YOU are part of– the very crown jewel of– His creation. And whatever comes out of your mouth will eventually reveal who you/we really are. It will reveal whose we are! Because it’s not what goes in, but what comes out that reveals what is really inside of each one of us. Jesus teaches this repeatedly:
“Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? 18 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: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.” Matthew 15:17-20
And what we often forget is that sin is the issue, the sin that is in the heart of man without Jesus and scripture is replete with this truth:
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:……..For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:10, 23
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:9-10
“Who can know it?” Only God can know the heart and reveal my own sin to my own heart, and draw me/you unto Himself! And then we must choose whether to respond to the conviction of God’s Holy Spirit on our hearts, and believe in Jesus or continue to go our own way. May we join the Psalmist in this prayer today (And JESUS is the “way”):
“Search me, O God,
and know my heart:
and know my thoughts:
24 And see
if there be any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24
We must call on God to search our hearts and reveal to us what we need to do to be all that HE created us to BE!! Whether you need to fall on your knees before Him in repentance and faith, or fall before Him asking for forgiveness and restoration to fellowship? Our chief concern isn’t about how we appear before others—but what God knows we really are, and what we could “BE” with a new heart and life (See Ro. 8:9 & 2 Cor. 5:17). Because it’s not what goes in—the works, deeds, boasts or accomplishments that we put on our spiritual resume—but what comes out that will reveal a heart changed by the blood of Jesus, and devoted to and directed by His Holy Spirit—or NOT!!! It will show! As my mother used to say,
“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time, (attributed to Abraham Lincoln) and You can’t ever fool GOD (my mother’s addition)!!!
And I think my mother came up with that little addition because she had come to know Jesus Christ as a young adult, and had studied His Word diligently for many years.
In closing I’d like to leave you with another ‘word’ from our Lord:
“For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. 46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Luke 6:44-46
What are YOU known for? A pure heart reflected by a godly and holy life? Or a vile tongue and disposition that reflects something else? If you’re not sure, ask God, HE knows and He’ll answer if you will but ask in earnest. Check the source—only YOU can! But remember what is on the inside WILL come out; sooner or later it WILL come out. I pray that you don’t wait until it’s too late to seek God’s answer.
“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2b
“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3