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Daily Devotionals

Day 28 – Issue 18

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Be Still Know

Luke 6:45 NLT

‘A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.’

I am very often shocked and surprised at my reactions, both internal and external. I am horrified at how I can move from a peace-loving and promoting practitioner to entertaining feelings of deep anger towards a perpetrator of some crime or other. I remember hearing of the shooting in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016 and feeling sadness and compassion for the victims and their loved ones in equal measure to the anger and desire to strike back at the shooter and the way of life he reflected.

While it may prove relatively simple to establish the psychology behind such conflicting emotional responses, what does it reveal about the reality of my true heart? How deeply has the kingdom of God taken root within my soul? It is a question I have carried for a long time, for I am conflicted by the extremes of my internal reactions to events and to people.

Jesus speaks of accumulating kingdom treasure in the heart. Wealth is generated over time and slowly accumulates, and from such financial resources a business is able to determine future investment and may expand and increase the rate of its wealth creation. So how might I, as one who is in the business of serving God, find the way to accumulate kingdom wealth within my heart? Surely such wealth would prove the treasure house from which I might draw down the appropriate resource to meet the challenge and opportunity life’s many unsavoury realities present me with.

I am learning that all of life is a potential school in kingdom savings. My experience reveals it’s easier to waste kingdom investment opportunities than to make the effort to bank them for future use.

QUESTION: How do you react to the challenges life presents to you?

PRAYER: Lord, you told us that our hearts would be where our treasure is, so help me store my treasure in the kingdom of heaven.

Written by: Matt Weet

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