Tuesday, January 16, 2018


...for out of the overflow
of his heart the mouth speaks.
(Luke 6:45c)
Like many of you, I'm still suffering a bit of righteous indignation at the alleged remarks by the P.O.T.U.S.
about Africa and Haiti!  I can't say that I was surprised but I did feel tremendous sadness!

Sadness for the timing (not that there is ever a good time), days before the celebration of a great Son of Africa, Dr. Martin Luther King! Sadness for our nation, another huge embarassment to the world as we prepare for Black History Month.  But my most profound sadness was reserved for the man!

This scripture immediately came to mind: The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).   Neither you nor I are qualified to judge a person's heart.  That's God's job! But as the context of this verse confirms, we can know a tree by the fruit it bears!  For this president... it has not been a good season!

Believe it or not, I've made it a point to pray for the hearts of my leaders! You should too!  Not just in the White House, but in the House of Prayer, and even in my own house!  For I understand, personally what the Prophet Jeremiah says:  The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)

A quick word study on the heart (kardia, Strongs 2588 in the Greek) tells us that physiologically, it is the most important place in the human system.  Life cannot exist apart from it!  But spiritually, I think it even more important!  For all the brokenness in our lives spiritually can be measured by our hearts!  Here's why:

  • It reveals the hidden man (I Peter 3:4)
  • It  explains our bad choices and behaviors (Hebrews 4:12)
  • It is the seat of our emotions (2 Cor. 2:4; Luke 24:32)
  • It verbalizes our worldview about good and evil; right and wrong; value and significance (Prov. 21:2; Prov. 10:11)
We don't need a polygraph to know if a person is lying, just listen to their heart.  What do they talk about most!  We don't have to see every good deed that a person does.  Just follow their actions -- what things are they involved in! We don't have to wonder if a person cares.  Track their giving and where their hearts of compassion leads them.   The people they spend time with, listen to, and come to their aide. 

February, is the month set aside for Matters of the Heart. But we can't afford to WAIT!  Examine Your Heart!  Watch Your Words!  And don't forget to Pray for the Damaged Hearts of the Unredeemed!   


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