For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man. MARK 7:21-23
THE HEART OF MAN is the production center of everything he possesses in life. It is the manufacturing plant of his life.
Many times people say God is the one that determines EVERYTHING that happens to them in life. Really?
No He is not! You are!
I had to use three verses today because they are all one sentence from the Master.
The Master is talking about what defiles a man’s life. The Greek word for defile is “koinoo“, it also means to pollute, to make common.
The Jews believed that it was what a man ate that defiled him spiritually. The Master countered that.
He makes it clear that it is not so. He says that it is what proceeds from a man’s heart that pollutes his life!
Now notice, He said that from the heart proceeds evil thoughts etc.
This is the reason Proverbs says to guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues or forces of life.
You see, the things that pollute one’s life come from the heart.
Sometimes people act wickedly towards others, they cannot stand to see others blessed. If they perceive you are any better than them, they become hostile. They are allowing it to come forth from their heart. They are permitting envy and jealousy to issue forth from their heart.
Sometimes, some people cannot sleep well because another person is doing very well. If they came to church and hear a testimony of someone’s mighty breakthrough, they had just had a bad day.
These things are matters of the heart that need to be dealt with.
Many people are not content any more with what they have and where they are as they aspire and journey towards greater things.
Such people are only happy if they are the center of attraction, if they are the only ones things are happening for!
Such people need to deal with their hearts. You don’t know what people are doing with God in the secret and in the ministry of the gospel.
All these evil come from within and defile a man.
You can stop all these evil coming from within. That is why God gave us the fruit of the spirit to replace all these,
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance”
When the fruit of the spirit dominates you, then “all these evil” will have no place in your life.
It is my prayer that your heart will be free from all these and be dominated by the fruit of the spirit.
Remember this is your greatest year so far.
God bless you richly with great grace and many blessings!