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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Mark 7:20

And He said, "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man."
Mark 7:20

Man is concerned with the outward, but God sees the heart. When we become preoccupied with following rules, we fall into legalism. Man has developed this into a fine art. Thousands of laws and rules are borne from our attempts at self-powered purity. Jesus keeps things simple. He tells us our impurity comes from our own heart. It's not what we eat, wear, listen to, or watch. Without Christ our efforts are useless. It doesn't make sense to try and cleanse your outward appearance while the source of your uncleanness stays unaffected.

Outward attempts at holiness without submission to Christ can fool others, and even ourselves, but they can't fool God. God doesn't want your sacrifice, He wants your heart. Abide in Christ and you will bear much fruit, for apart from Him you can do nothing (John 15).

Abiding in love,

Pastor Rod Harris



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