Luke 11:39 NLT: Then the Lord said to him, “You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and wickedness!
My dear friend in Christ, God is so wise that he hid the inside of a man and only Him can see it. He however left a clue as to what is hidden inside of a man and that clue is gotten by what comes out of the man through his words or actions. Fools think that they can deceive others by their outward appearance and pretense. Unknown to them that their words give them away and expose who they really are. Many people follow the part of putting up appearances just to hide their true nature. Only a small time and the truth will be out by what they say.
Why struggle to hide the evil and wickedness in your heart instead of letting go of them and turning to the lord? Jesus in our today’s text pointed out that people do everything to keep their outside clean before men but they are filthy on the inside with evil and wickedness. He encouraged them to clean up their inside by getting rid of the evil in their hearts through their acts of love for God and neighbor. He said unto them: “You are foolish. The same One who made what is outside also made what is inside. So give what is in your cups and dishes to the poor. Then you will be fully clean.”
From this day forward, make a resolve to always clean up your inside just as you take your bath every day. Don’t allow back-log of evil to remain in your heart. Get rid of anything that will contaminate your heart. Know that God Almighty is watching you. Even when you think others may not know your secrets, He knows and He is giving you an opportunity to repent and turn to Him from your evil ways. I call you blessed.
Declare to yourself loud: I am clean inside.
1. Heavenly Father, reveal to me all that I need to get rid of in my heart that I may be clean, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
2. Please add your personal intentions.
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