Saturday, September 11 2021
Title: Fill our hearts with goodness
Author: Pastor Johnson Chong
Translation: Margaret Ong
Matthew 12:35 ” A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things,”
Here the Lord Jesus spoke of another principle, an important truth and that is, what is filled in a person’s heart will be revealed externally. This is very natural. We can know what is filled within a person from what a person says, does, likes, and pursues naturally. So if a person is full of sin, then filth, pride, jealousy, greed, lust, anger will also come out. He may suppress these, living in pretence for one moment or once, but he cannot keep suppressing and pretending, because if he does not vent what is filled within, he would not be able to withstand it, and in fact he cannot help it.
Here we not only learn to know people, but also examine ourselves: What do we fill ourselves with? Many people are filled with all kinds of unrighteousness, evil, greed, and malice, and their hearts are full of jealousy, murder, rivalry, deceit, and hatred, so that evil comes out of their hearts. But don’t believers have these things in their hearts? Wouldn’t you say these things in your mouth? Are you not greedy or jealous in your heart? Is there no competition or deceit in your mouth? Are there no fornication or filthy thoughts at all? Don’t you have some proud, arrogant ideas? You are just afraid that it’s useless to be known by others. The question is what is in your heart? So first, purify your heart and empty the evil inside.
But the human heart is never empty, it always has to be filled. You emptied sin, it will come in again, and it will give birth to itself, because you have the flesh, and you live in a sinful world. There is only one way, and that is to fill your heart with good treasure, with the Lord, with the Holy Spirit, with the Words of the Lord. In this way, you can fill your heart, get rid of the sin and filth, and prevent them from coming in again. If you allow sinful thoughts and ideas in it, Satan may be following in. Let’s take another look at what is full of our hearts? The world or God, lust or the Holy Spirit, Satan or Christ?
Prayer: Dear Father, we want to thank you and praise you, bless your name! Pray for the Lord to protect our hearts, renew our thoughts, and fill our hearts with the Lord, with the Holy Spirit and with Your Words. Thank You for praying and asking, in the holy name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen!