February 23 “What’s the condition of your heart?”

What’s the condition of your heart? Has the truth really penetrated and taken root? Are things that don’t matter for eternity preventing real spiritual growth? Is the seed bearing fruit?

condition of your heart

Today’s Readings:
Leviticus 15 & 16
Psalm 26.6-12
Proverbs 10.8
Mark 4.1-20

Leviticus 15 & 16:

Only the blood of Christ

Chapter 16 covers the Day of Atonement. This was to be done annually because no matter how detailed the law for specific sins and sacrifices, there were continual sins of the heart and life, known and unknown, which were not covered. And it had to be done every year because the blood of bulls and goats didn’t do away with sin, only covered it temporarily.

Only the blood of Christ can do away with our sin permanently and allow us to have fellowship with God. Jesus was temporarily separated from God the Father when He cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?” (Matt. 27.46), so that we could be united with Him permanently.

Psalm 26.6-12:

Because of His sinless life

Verses 6 & 11, “I will wash my hands in innocence; so I will go about Your altar, O Lord, … But as for me, I will walk in my integrity; redeem me and be merciful to me.” Again this is not a claim of innocence based on David’s own merit, but a recognition that it is through God and His mercy that we are redeemed. But we must first acknowledge that we are sinners, unable to redeem ourselves, accept the truths of the gospel that Jesus lived a sinless life so that he could be that final sacrifice, that He died in our place, and that He rose again so that we could be raised to new life, no longer separated from God. That’s the only way David could or any of us can “stand in an even place” with confident faith and trust in the Lord.

Proverbs 10.8:

A prating fool

“The wise in heart will receive commands.” The wise man or woman is teachable. She listens to wise counsel and doesn’t see herself as always right. On the other hand, “… a prating fool will fall.” The fool doesn’t stop talking long enough to really listen to what someone else is saying. Even when the other person is talking, she is thinking about what she will say next.

Mark 4.1-20:

The Parable of the Sower

The Parable of the Sower is perhaps the most important of Jesus’ parables. Jesus Himself said, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?” (v. 13).

It in Jesus talks about four kinds of soils and relates them to the receptivity of our hearts to the gospel.

What kind of soil is your heart?

Is it the hard, often trod wayside where it’s hard for truth to take root? Have you allowed the birds to come and snatch away the seeds because they never penetrated to soil?

Is it rocky ground? Do you let trouble and persecution keep the seed from growing and taking root? Are you more worried about what others might think?

Maybe the ground of your heart is crowded with thorns and thistles that use up the energy you need to become fruitful. Have you let the cares of this world (worry and anxiety) the deceitfulness of riches (always trying to get ahead) or the desires for other things (wanting what you want) to choke the Word so it bears little fruit?

Or are you good ground, someone who accepts the Word, believes it, trusts in it and allows it to bear much fruit? Praying that you are!

I know you’re being blessed by reading God’s Word and if you enjoyed this commentary, why not forward it to a friend.

Blessings,
Donna

 

3 thoughts on “February 23 “What’s the condition of your heart?”

  1. Great teaching here. We all need to spend time looking after the condition of our heart.
    Thanks for linking up at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

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