October 31, 2017: SOAP #2889:  Job 22; Mark 7-8  Scripture:  Mark (NIV) 7:18 [Jesus speaking] “Don't you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him 'unclean'? 19 For it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared [...]

October 31, 2017: SOAP #2889:  Job 22; Mark 7-8

 Scripture:  Mark (NIV) 7:18 [Jesus speaking] “Don't you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him 'unclean'? 19 For it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods “clean”.)
20 He went on: “What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean'. 21 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean'.”

Observation:   Whether it is an apple pie at the state fair, or the umpire in a World Series baseball game, it is always to a person's advantage to know how the judge thinks.

The umpire in the 5th game of the 2017 World Series seemed to consistently call pitches that were just outside the lower strike zone as strikes.   He did it the whole game and to both sides.   Many batters complained, but he was consistent.   Wise batters made proper adjustments.

Application:   Since all judgment has been given to the Son (John 5:22) I am blest to be given insight in the above verses as to how Jesus thinks.   The inside of my life is of major importance to Him.   He knows my thoughts, and He judges them.   He knows my intentions; he knows them completely.   I can never fool Him!

Prayer:   Heavenly Father, how wise of you to place your Holy Spirit inside me!     Under His guidance, I must be faithful to listen and obey and quick to repent when needed.  Thank you for making my Judge the one who loves me and died for me!  Amen

Pastor Leon
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