Right Thinking, Right Words, Blessed Life – Daily Devotional (Day 5)
Luke 6:43-45 “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
In the original Hebrew, the word “heart” means the physical heart, but it also means: the center and seat of our spiritual life – it’s our thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavors, and our emotions, as well as our character.
How you feel in your heart will not only come out in the form of your words, but your actions will display how you really feel in your heart as well. Thoughts and beliefs generate emotions, and emotions reside in our heart. When you speak or react to something or someone, your reaction comes from both your mind (logic) and your heart (emotions).
Because of the finished work of Jesus, God has already given us everything we need in Jesus. Don’t allow your heart – your opinions – to blind you to the power that has been given you through the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. God wants you to have a life that is fulfilling. Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite scriptures, which says, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future.”
If your heart needs help, encouragement or renewal, then grab your Bible, ask the Holy Spirit to show you some scriptures that will comfort you, and read the Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what the scriptures mean. Hold on to those scriptures and repeat them (meditate on them) throughout the day.
Don’t limit God. Ask God to show you what areas in your life you need to ask for forgiveness. Spend time praying to God and telling Him how you feel. Ask Him to comfort you. Understand that you are righteous because of what Jesus has done for you. When the understanding of righteousness permeates your heart, you will feel free and you open your heart to all of the possibilities of God.
Start every day by putting Jesus in the center of your life. Believe you are qualified in Jesus, and open your heart and mind to all of the possibilities that God has promised you in His Word. Surrender to God and speak God’s promises – speak life into your day, as well as your family, friends, finances, health and job! Good fruit will be evident in your life as a result!
Do you feel as though you are righteous because of what Jesus has done for you? Are you saying negative words about yourself, your family, friends or your circumstances? It’s time to renew your mind by committing yourself to a life that is based on God’s Word, God’s principals and the fact that God loves you.
Write down the verses and phrases that line up with God’s Word that you will declare today that will help you persuade your heart that God’s promises are true for you today.
Remember to thank God and honor Him with your words. You may want to begin your praise to God with a verse from the Bible or a song you’ve heard.
WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU THINK GOD IS SAYING TO YOU TODAY:
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