Serious heart issues!
Scripture reading for February 16th: Numbers 4-6, Mark 7
Key Scriptures: Mark 7:14-15 “And He called the people to Him again and said to them, “Hear Me, all you, and understand: ‘There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him. . . . For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Jesus taught the crowd and religious leaders the source of real defilement was not something external, but came from the inner heart of man. True defilement is a heart condition. All sin and law-breaking comes from rebellion in the heart and results in separation from the family of God and death. This truth helps us to understand our own lost condition and the ‘leprosy’ of our soul.
Numbers 5:1-2 “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the people of Israel that they put out of the camp everyone who is leprous or has a discharge and everyone who is unclean through contact with the dead.””
Prayer: Lord, thank You for cleansing my heart by faith in the blood sacrifice of Your own Son, Jesus. I confess my need for Your continued work of cleansing of this inner defilement that I might have a pure heart and mouth. Amen.