For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Today is a new day. A day filled with possibilities and opportunities to know God in a deeper way. Like all other days, we have only a limited amount of time to make the most of it. Take this moment to ask God to give you eyes to see what He is doing and a heart that is swift to participate in that action.
The last verse in today’s Scripture focused on the heart. Physically speaking, the heart is the organ that circulates blood to every part of the body. In addition to this physical definition, biblically speaking, the heart is where your dreams, hopes, fears, and love can be found. It is your heart that determines where your energies will be used in the days and weeks to come—spiritually, emotionally, socially, and economically. It is your heart that God wants today, moment by moment and decision by decision.
The first verse of today’s Scripture challenges us to produce, to bear fruit. Galatians 5:22-26 sheds light on how the fruit we give to others should come to fruition in our own life, through God’s Spirit. The only way this can happen is if we put aside our own dreams, goals, and desires and take on the mission of our Creator by spending time in His presence.
So, as a challenge, spend additional time, praying, and reading Scripture today to discern how the Lord wants His people to direct their hearts toward the work and mission of His kingdom.
- In what ways do you see a conflict between the personal desires of your heart and the desires God wants you to have?
Today’s devotional was prayed over and prepared by Dave Joseph Jr., Pastor of Care and Counseling