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HEART FORESKIN~BAD – Sept. 14TH

September 14, 2011

BIBLE READING PLAN: Jeremiah 6-9

MEDITATION VERSE:

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will punish all those who are circumcised merely in the flesh… all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.”  Jeremiah 9:25 

THOUGHTS:

The fact is that people can deceive themselves into thinking that they are Children of God. 

People can put on all the religious traditions, rights, rules, works, and moral codes and still not be saved.  God is not impressed with a well disciplined, religious zealot.  God requires a heart that loves Him.

We can say:

“I am circumcised”

“Abraham is our father”

“I prayed to accept Jesus”

“I was baptized”

“I grew up in a Christian home”

“I did all these works in the name of God”

We can say all those things and many other justifications and God can still stay that He never knew you.  God does not play games – He is not going to be appeased with the trinkets of our good works.

He demands ALL of us; He requires our Hearts – “You shall love the Lord your God with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul and with ALL your mind.”   A circumcised heart is a heart that is set-apart for God.  It is His without reservation or competition. 

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for circumcising our hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Forgive me for clinging to the things of this world that entice me and attract me.  Lord, circumcise – set apart – my heart this day and every day for your glory; Continue that work in my life.     Amen

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