OCTOBER 7 - 11 | 2019

WEEKLY DEVOTION

Focusing on the Heart

Matthew 5:27-32

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.'

A Sin of the Heart.

When we lust, the truth is we aren't fully trusting God's purpose or intent for our lives. It might be easy to think of lust as a 'less bad' or less harmful sin than others, but God doesn't see it that way. Lust is a sin of the heart, and has a direct correlation with adultery. God doesn't care less because of lust being a sin of the heart, however. In reality, God is a God who is concerned with and cares for the heart of His people.

So what is our response to lust? Simply to pray. We pray that the Holy Spirit would convict us of any lust in our lives, and that God would empower us to combat it. We are called to actively fight against our sin, not just to let it sit or build! The good news? Remember that God is faithful. He is for you, not against you. He will fight your battles with you!

Prayer

Jesus,

Thank you for the opportunity that you give us each and every day to praise you. We thank you for everything that you have given us and for your unconditional faithfulness to us. We pray that you help us to keep our eyes fixed on you throughout this week. 

Amen

Reflection

  • In what areas of your life have you been unfaithful to God? 

  • Why do you think God is so concerned about our hearts?

  • ‘Sin happens when I try to meet or fill a God-given desire outside of God’s intended design.’ - Steven Furtick. Discuss this quote with your group.

Songs

King of my Heart - Bethel Music

Rescue - Lauren Daigle

Good Good Father - Chris Tomlin