The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. Matthew 12:35 (NIV)
What are you storing up in you? That’s an odd question. What does that mean? How can I sore up something within me? My question is not odd at all. Let me ask you a couple questions. I’m listening. Have you ever said something that you deeply regretted? Yes, of course I have said things that I deeply regretted. I’m not finished. Have you ever said to yourself, “Where did that come from?” Have you ever wondered how you could have blurted out something that was so regrettable? Should I answer your question now? Yes, go ahead. I can’t tell you the number of times I have deeply regretted saying something. Yes, I have wondered where what I said came from and how and why I could have said it. The fact that I could have said some so regrettable has been deeply troubling to me. Well, I have some bad and good news for you. What’s that? I’ll start with the bad news. There is no mystery here. Whatever you think and say and do comes from your heart. If you have thought or said or done something regrettable it came from something regrettable that you have allowed to be stored up in your heart. That’s why you asked me what I am storing up in me. That’s right.
What’s the good news? You get to choose what you will allow to be stored up in your heart. You can choose to store up in your heart what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. You can choose to store up my word in your heart. What you store up in you will change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life. Each day you will be presented with a choice. How so? You will be asked, what will you allow to be stored up in your heart and mind and life. If you do nothing, the world and all its evil will be stored up in you. You live in a world filled with evil. Every day the world will try to conform your heart and mind and life according to its patterns, practices and values. If you do nothing, you will think and speak and act just like everyone else in the world. Is that what you want? No, it is not. I want to be storing up your word in me. I want to be able to know and do your will. I want to live a life that is pleasing to you. That is what will happen as you keep storing up my word in you. Then you will think and speak, and act based on what has been stored up in your heart.
Lord, I want to store up good in my heart and mind and life. I will store up your word within me. I will let your word dwell in me richly. Use your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. Use your word to bring abundant good out of my life. Amen
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