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The Reflection of My Heart
3/27/2015

As in water face reflects face, So a man’s heart reveals the man. Proverbs 27:19 (NKJV)

A few years back I was speaking to a large group at a men’s Spring breakfast held at a community center.   The Lord had impressed upon my heart about how we were called to be a light unto the world, and how the light shinning through us would lead others out of darkness.  The message went beautifully and the Lord met us faithfully as we gathered to be fed, both physically, and spiritually. 

As I was speaking with some men after the breakfast an older man confronted one of our men’s leaders and he asked if we could move our vehicles parked on the side of the facility.  He said his people needed to unload some things for a meeting.  The man’s countenance was sullen and he seemed to almost be bitter.   As it turned out the man was a pastor and they were preparing for a church service they were conducting at the same facility — it was to be held a few hours after our time had concluded.

As I thought about this I couldn’t help but lift the man up in prayer.  I thought about how he must have been dealing with something.  As I sat in my vehicle preparing to leave I noticed others coming to join this man for their service.  As I looked upon their faces and countenances I couldn’t help but notice the similarities to their Pastor. 

I thought about how a body of water reflects its surroundings perfectly.  I think this principle can apply to our lives as well.  When we are sullen and down there is a great chance those around us will reflect our attitude.  If we are positive and filled with Joy, then those around us will probably begin to reflect this attitude as well. 

Now we cannot reflect something that we aren’t, so it is important for us to guard our minds and hearts against the temptation to be anything other than joyful (cf. Jas. 1:2-4).  This happens as we reflect on what God has done and is doing in our lives, and as we keep our minds fixed upon the promises of His Word — trusting in Him and His plan for us regardless of what we may be facing or experiencing.  As we do this our hearts will be made better, not bitter. 

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Ponder what God’s word says and then ask yourself, “What does this mean to me today?  How can I apply this to my life Lord?”

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 27:19 what can we learn about our heart?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: What kind of reflection can others see in you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s determine to guard our heart against anything poisonous.  Let’s choose to read God’s Word and allow it to cleanse our mind (filter) before these impurities make their way to our heart. 

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for reminding me how I can impact others.  Thank You for Your Word Lord.  Help me to understand it as I read it, and then help me to bring application to my life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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