One of the things that I love about the Christian faith is this. Actions start with the heart. What is on the outside starts with what is on the inside.
Our hearts shape our actions.
If you want to “act” right, you need to “get” right. For what is done/thought/believed in the heart will show it’s self in our actions.
Listen what is said this morning in Deuteronomy 30:4-6:
If your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there he will take you. And the Lord your God will bring you into the land that your fathers possessed, that you may possess it. And he will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers. And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.
In Deuteronomy God is giving the law for the second time. In this book, He is giving the law to the children of Israelites that left Egypt. The parents had disobeyed God, and because of that, they were not allowed into the promised land.
Now, the children are getting ready to cross the Jordan River and take possession of the land. But before, God gives them the Law. And tells them that there will come a time when God will not just mark them outwardly, but He will circumcise their hearts.
He will change their hearts. And when their hearts are changed, it will change their actions, it will change their lives. It will start from the inside. And what starts on the inside will change the outside.
We are an inside out religion. What happens on the inside changes the outside.
So, if your actions are not what you’d like them to be, or what God would like them to be, let me ask you a question. How’s your heart?
If He has your heart, He will have your actions. That’s the way that it works.
Today, for our lives, our families, our everything, how is your heart. Your heart will determine your actions. In that, that’s the way it flows.
Today, may God make our hearts in new. And in that, may we live the life of grace that He wants us to live!
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