What is the condition of your heart?

January 28, 2020


Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

The LORD detests men of perverse heart
but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.
(Proverbs 11:20 (NIV))

Have we become a people of perverse hearts? Do we accept what the world calls okay even though God’s Word tells us that it is not okay? Do we have a desire to intentionally disobey God’s Word? How can we truly call ourselves part of the Body of Christ when we do not do what He tells us to do? Basically, how can we ignore the fact that we are not obeying His command to go and sin no more as He told the woman caught in adultery?

When we have perverse hearts, we think that we can do whatever we want. We think that God will overlook what we do. Sadly, many in today’s church and in the non-believing world think this is how God works. Proverbs 11:20 tells us differently.

But wait!

Didn’t Jesus come to forgive our sins?

Jesus did come to offer us grace and mercy. The key word is offer. We have to accept that offer and accept the terms that go with that offer. We are to repent. Just like what Jesus told the woman caught in adultery, we are to go and sin no more. He did not tell us that to get salvation we turn to Him and beg for forgiveness and then keep on deliberately sinning. Too many people falsely believe that believing in Jesus will earn them salvation no matter what they do from that point on. Jesus told us that He would tell these type of people to get away from Him because He never knew them.

With so many passages telling us that we are to turn away from our sin, how can anyone honestly believe that Jesus condones a perverse heart? How can we believe that people who simply give lip service to Jesus will actually see the salvation and grace that they think they will get?

Jesus did not come into this world, live as one of us, teach us, and die on the cross so that we can continue in our sin. We have to have a change of heart. We have to accept all conditions of the offer of grace.

What is the condition of your heart?

Copyright 1998 – 2020 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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No sacrifice for sins is left

January 31, 2014

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
(Hebrews 10:26-27 (NIV))

How many people do you know who claim to be believers in the redemption bought by the Blood of Jesus Christ, yet continue to do whatever they desire to do? They claim that they are not perfect, but they are forgiven.

It is true that they are forgiven. It is also true that we have been commanded to turn from our sin and strive to take up our cross and follow Him. We have not been told that we could do whatever sinful act that we desire and then call upon the name of Jesus as if He were a magic genie who will make it all disappear.

What a minute!

Does God expect us to live a perfect life after we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, after all, there has only been one man who was ever able to live a perfect, sin-free life? How can we, in our frail humanity be able to do what only Jesus, the Son of God, was able to do?

God sees the heart. If it is our desire to follow in His footsteps and to live a sinless life, then our daily errors will be forgiven. If we choose to follow sin on a daily basis without any regard to what Jesus would have us do, then our heart is hardened to what Jesus has taught us and we are not really His. Our names our not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Perhaps we should take that saying a little more seriously then next time we do something and we think to ourselves, “What would Jesus do?”

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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