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Pastor's Devotional
Keeping Your Heart Soft 1.24.22
Keeping Your Heart Soft 1.24.22

Bruce Goettsche • January 24, 2022

"You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them." (Matthew 13:11-12)


It is possible to be exposed to the Bible all your life and understand nothing. Jesus explains that those who hear but don't listen (meaning they don't apply the teaching to their own life) become hardened. They become so good at ignoring what the Bible is saying that there comes the point where they no longer CAN hear. It is a terrifying thought that people can get so calloused to the things of God that they will not and cannot hear.


In the book of Revelation, God sent plagues and other trials to get people to repent. Several times, however, we are told the people still refused to repent even after seeing the power of God displayed.


How do we guard against this? First, read and listen to what the Bible tells us. Second, take what you read personally. Read trying to listen for what God is saying to you. Third, take action on what you read. Finally, confess your sin to Him truthfully and with repentance. To keep secret areas of your life from God (yes, that is as stupid as it sounds) facilitates the hardening process. Keep your heart soft through honest confession. Open yourself to His truth and the life that comes from that truth.






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What We Say. 1.23.22
What We Say. 1.23.22

Bruce Goettsche • January 23, 2022

“For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.” (Matthew 12:34-35)


We tell others a great deal about ourselves by how we speak. Speech filled with profanity reveals the worldliness of a heart. Speech that keeps drawing attention to itself reveals arrogance (or insecurity). Speech that is angry reveals a problem with self-control. Speech that is negative toward others reveals a judgmental spirit.


While at the same time, speech that is kind, encouraging, godly, filled with praise and honor to the Lord, reveals a heart that is possessed by the Spirit of God.


If you want to know how you are doing, listen to what comes out of your mouth.




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Greater than John 1.22.22
Greater than John 1.22.22

Bruce Goettsche • January 22, 2022

“John is the man to whom the Scriptures refer when they say,

‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,

and he will prepare your way before you.’*8I tell you, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of God is greater than he is!” (Luke 7:27-28)


John the Baptist, a cousin of Jesus, came into the world to point to the Messiah, Jesus. He stood against sin, urging people to repent.


Jesus said John was the best human to ever live. However, (and this is the part many find confusing) every believer is greater than John. It sounds like double-talk (one of the riddles of Jesus).


We are living in such privileged times. God has 1) granted our salvation. What a wonderful privilege we have to offer forgiveness through Christ to others! 2) God has filled us with His Spirit, giving us a new perspective on life. John didn't have either of these things because Jesus had not yet died to pay for our sin.


What a privilege we have to be able to tell others about Jesus and the forgiveness available through Him. And what a great privilege it is to see the change in people's lives because of the Spirit of God. Don't take such privileges lightly. John the Baptist would have loved to have these resources available to Him.

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