INSIDE FIRST

DEVOTIONAL TYPE : Living Word Devotional

DATE : Tuesday, January 23, 2018

TOPIC : INSIDE FIRST

Even so you also appear righteous to men but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. Matthew 23:28

People make changes in their lives for many reasons. Often it is when they face a crisis in life. It may be a life-threatening situation or a shameful embarrassment that stares them right in the face. It may be some other crisis that hits them and they begin to evaluate their priorities and take stock of their lives. They determine to make changes.

But often the same people who vow to change end up going back to their old ways. We often hear of prominent people who fall into all kinds of troubles. We hear about the great changes they have made. They tell their transformation stories on television and write books about them. Sometimes they even become major campaigners for the cause. But, then, a few months later, we read that they have gone back to their old ways. Why? Because they have made well-intentioned changes in their lives but they haven't got to the root of their problem, which is the absence of God in their lives.
 
Jesus warned the Pharisees, "First wash the inside of the cup, and then outside will become clean, too" ( Matthew 23:26). Jesus was telling them that they were missing the point when they only concentrated on the outward. They must first take care of the inward.

True and lasting changes from God. And it starts from within us. It does not start with making outward and boastful claims. True change starts with God planting the seed of change in our hearts which grows and later manifests outwardly for all to see.

Allow God to do a good work in you this year.

Prayer: Lord, plant Your seed in my heart, change me from within. Amen.

Scriptural Reading: Mathew 23:25-28

25     “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.

26     Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.

27     “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.

28     Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

NKJV

God Bless You for reading and meditating on God's word....
Have a Fruitful day🙏🏾

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