Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” (James 1:15)
READ: Luke 6:43-45
It is a natural law that follows conception. What you can conceive you can bring forth. However, according to Luke 6:45, the state of the heart is very crucial to what it conceived. It takes a good heart to conceive good things; an evil heart can only conceive evil. If you find it difficult to conceive and implement good plans for yourself, your family or congregation, you may have an evil heart. It is against nature for an evil heart to conceive something good. When someone with an evil heart attempts to conceive something good, his or her motives are of course wrong. For instance, such a person will like to dole out millions of naira to motherless babies home, or to needy ones mainly because of the applause of men. If you cannot help the poor without blowing your trumpet, you have a bad heart. Ask God for a change of heart today!
“Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:15). Speaking of conception, you must be very careful what you conceive. Sin is always a product of lust. Whenever you fan the embers of lust by gazing at the exposed secret parts of the opposite sex, it will surely propel you into sin. Going to pornographic sites or reading x-rated materials will definitely deliver masturbation, fornication, adultery, rape, incest, homosexuality, lesbianism, and acts of bestiality. Singles who freely indulge in discussions about sex may end up birthing sin. To keep your sanity, consistently avoid anything and anyone capable of fuelling lust in you.
In the same vein, when anger conceives, it births violence. It is pretty difficult to think straight or make the right decisions when one is angry. Hence, an angry man is bound to take foolish steps. It is wisdom to avoid whatever will provoke you to anger. What do you conceive? If you find it easy to plot a revenge plan and implement it, you have an evil heart. Many people find it difficult to receive God’s wonderful blueprint for their destiny because they are still accommodating evil thoughts. If you find time to think on evil, heavenly thoughts will continue to elude you. Ask God to forgive and cleanse you today. Ask Him to change your heart into a good one.
Father, give me a pure heart that is capable of conceiving and birthing good and profitable ideas.
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