Sterling Brown, Director of Character Development, Kennesaw State University Athletics 

READ Matthew 15:16-20

Fifty years ago, Americans had very little idea how destructive habitual smoking, daily alcohol consumption, and maintaining a diet of high cholesterol, fatty foods could be to our overall health.  It has since been revealed that these things are, in fact, enemies of our hearts.  Any one of these can be very detrimental to our health.  All of them at work together are sure to cut one’s life short. 

It is a well-known fact that heart disease is still the leading cause of death in America today (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm).  Rightfully so, much attention and resources are devoted to helping people take care of the most vital of vital organs: our hearts.  There are monitors we can purchase, books written about proper care, exercise classes, nutritional supplements, and the list goes on and on.   

But what about our “spiritual” heart?  I wish I had a spiritual heart monitor for the times I felt defeated and discouraged, or the times I was tempted to fall back into sin.  In this passage, Jesus is explaining this simple, radical truth:

What’s coming out of our hearts is more significant than what’s going into our bodies.   

The Word of God can act like a spiritual heart monitor helping us assess what’s coming out of our hearts.  Through God’s Word we understand that we have spiritual enemies of the heart.  Things like:

Grumbling & Complaining – about people and circumstances to ourselves or others 

Greed & Lust – our incessant inability to be content with what God provides 

Comparison – measuring ourselves by the standards of others, or against others 

Gossip – talking about others to others to paint people in a negative light, these are all deadly issues of the heart. 

Psalm 119:11 (David)

I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

PRAY:
Father, let Your light shine in me and show me what in my heart needs to be repented of.  Jesus, thank You shedding Your blood for my forgiveness, and giving me a new heart and a new spirit with which I may follow You.  Amen.

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