Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 March 28

“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered” (Proverbs 28:26)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about scripture is some words may not mean what we think that they mean.  I know many folks who think that when the Bible uses the word “heart” it is referring to that piece of flesh in the center of their chest that pumps blood throughout their body and that if it stops working they die.  But that’s not what the Bible is speaking of when it says heart.  The word “heart”, when used in the scripture, is referring to the mind, the will, the understanding, the center of intellect. Therefore, Solomon said, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).  And Isaiah said, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3).  If someone tells you to just trust your own heart when you are going through things in your life or must make a major decision, you may want to proceed with great caution.  And you may want to take a closer look to ensure your heart is right, as we sometimes make some bad decisions when our thoughts are not right, or we are not thinking clearly.  It can be a dangerous thing to "follow our heart".   As Jeremiah admonishes, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9)?  If you follow your heart and your thoughts and desires are not right, you could find yourself in a lot of trouble or making some very bad decisions in life.  Solomon further states, “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.”  Don't buy that "Just Follow Your Heart" T-shirt just yet!!  Always make sure that your thoughts are in line with the Word of God and you’ll never go wrong.

Sing: 1. Holiness, Holiness, is what I long for.  Holiness is what I need.  Holiness, Holiness is what You want for me.       Take my heart, and mold it.      
    Take my mind transform it. Take my will conform it, to Yours, to Yours, Your own.

         2. Righteousness, Righteousness, is what I long for.  Righteousness is what I need. Righteousness, Righteousness is what You want for me. 
    Take my heart, and mold it. Take my mind transform it. Take my will conform it, to Yours, to Yours, Your own.
        3. Brokenness, Brokenness, is what I long for. Brokenness is what I need.  Brokenness, brokenness, that's what You want for me.     Take my heart, and mold it. Take my mind transform it. Take my will conform it, to Yours, to Yours, Your own.

Thought For Today: The heart is deceitful.

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