Matthew 15:8-9 These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.
Jesus said that out of the abundance of our heart our mouth speaks. Of course this is true but we also see from Matthew 15:8 that it is possible to say something that's not in your heart. Of course, ultimately, your heart will be shown through your words. Words and observations enter through the realm of the soul. When words come into the mind, a decision must be made and the decision is this: You must decide whether to keep or reject the words that have just entered.
If you accept them, they will eventually enter the heart and either strengthen the fear or strengthen the faith. Every thought you have either complements or contends with faith. When Jesus was talking to His disciples about leaving in John 16:6 He said, "Because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart."
Your heart can be sad or it can be happy. A great determination of whether you have a sad or happy heart is by whether you accept words of victory or words of defeat, words of light or words of darkness that enter into the realm of the soul. We may say things we don't believe, but if we continue to repeat the lies of the devil, these lies will embed themselves in our hearts. Then we will speak them and they will become reality.
As words enter your thought realm, keep the good and reject the bad. Examine every thought and determine its source. Anything that is not of God should be rejected.
The Daily Bread
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Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.