Today you should read: Leviticus 22
Good morning JumpStart readers! Thank you so much for taking the time to obediently read God’s Word and learn what God has for you. We’ve been posting JumpStart for several years and we are soon coming to the end of our journey through the Bible. Can you believe that soon we will have gone through every book of God’s Word? Many of you have faithfully journeyed with us.
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Today’s reading is all about being clean before the Lord. There were stiff penalties if you handled the elements of worship with dirty hands. This makes me think of Psalm 24:3-5:
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
What is the correlation between the two? Clean hands – what we do and Clean heart – who we are on the inside? Does what we truly believe effect what we do? Jesus said so!
But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.” Matthew 5:18-20
So this begs the question – How important is it for me to work on having a clean heart? Solomon says…
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
So… here’s your assignment for today:
- Take a few minutes and honestly evaluate your heart. In what areas does it need a deep cleaning?
- Pray and ask God to help you – to cleanse you (Psalm 139:24)
- Take action steps – listen to podcasts about that area – read books on it – ask your accountability partner for help.
Posted by: Tim Parsons