“But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them." Matthew 15:18
Our hearts are the most foundational part of us. Have you ever thought about that? Really thought about it? Every action, every decision and every thought all comes from the same inner place–– our heart. All of us want to get closer to Jesus, but I think it's cool that all Jesus wants is to get closer to our hearts.
Luke 6:45 says, "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." I think we would all agree that we want to live a life that brings forth good things. We often set out to live that way, but for some reason by the time Thursday (or some other day of the week) comes around, our hearts feel a bit dry. A good way to test our heart is to check out what we are saying–– not only from our mouths, but also inside of us.
Am I speaking positively or am I getting annoyed easily–– and vocalizing it? Am I prone to compliment people or am I prone to judge? Too often we can slip into negative thought patterns and habits without even realizing it. Slowly, but surely, our hearts start to "drift" and our words/attitudes are close behind. When that begins to happen, we need to be refreshed in the Lord's presence.
Acts 3:19 says, "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord." I absolutely love this verse. Times of refreshing come from simply being in His presence. Bob Reccord said something at a past men’s conference that I will never forget. He said seven simple words that will stick with me forever, "Stay close, and you will stay clean." Stay close to what? God's heart. When we stay close to His heart, we stay close to His desires for us and life seems to work best.
A simple way to keep ourselves in check is to apply to our mouth what our heart really desires. Here is something I wrote down and confessed a while back when I was in a bit of a "dry" place. It helped to vocalize what my heart desired at the time. I would encourage you to use your faith and come up with your own confessions. Watch how it brings your heart to life!
Here are the confessions I wrote down and declared:
1. I am hungrier for Jesus more than I have ever been.
2. My passion for God is alive and growing daily.
3. I have daily time with Jesus and I'm refreshed and restored from it.
4. I am no longer satisfied with laziness. I actively put effort into my relationship with God and seek his heart.
5. Jesus and I are experiencing exponential growth in our relationship.
6. I am living by faith and I am seeing God show up in my life.
7. A touch from God is coming my way.
If what comes out of my mouth can defile me, then what comes out of my mouth can also bring life! I want to speak words of life over myself, especially when I am tempted to feel the opposite. Taking charge over what we say will, without a doubt, change the course of our lives!
I hope this challenges and encourages you to keep close to Jesus. Matthew 5:8 says, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." The word "see" literally means to experience or to know God. Such a cool call to action. Let's experience God with our whole heart!
Say It: "Father, I want to know You––really know You. Help me to stay close to Your heart, and live a life that honors You. I will chose to speak words of life over myself––and in doing so I will draw my heart close to Yours. I will stay close to You, because I know if I do, I will stay clean. I love You with all I am. In Jesus' Name. Amen."