September 9, 2014

Read: Luke 6:43-45

Raised in an age without technology, I sometimes get frustrated with computers.  Yes, I know that computer errors are usually operator errors caused by data being entered incorrectly. Our hearts are much like a computer....what is entered is our output.  

If we choose to input secular music, graphic photographs, or profane language, then we only have those ideals to choose.  Repeated exposure to evil emits evil thoughts and words.  It is difficult to keep your thoughts focused on Christian ideals if the input is secular.  

It is even more difficult to keep Christ first when surrounded by non-Christian friends.  You are identified by the company you keep.  And, you become like the 5 people with whom you spend the most time.  If you find yourself unfulfilled with your current friends, maybe it is time to search for those who will lift you up.  

As you go through today, tune in to Christian music (KLove or Pandora's Praise and Worship), read your Bible, and view only wholesome television shows.  Don't wait until you have troubles; seek these now so you have treasures stored.

Our transformation in Christ is from the inside out.  Input equals output.  Our words, thoughts, and actions are a direct reflection of what is in our hearts.  Keep your heart filled with God daily.


Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for wisdom. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have. Intercede for your immediate family and other relatives regarding their spiritual, emotional, and physical needs.