THEME: Christ Knows Your Thoughts
PASSAGE: Matthew 9:1-8
HYMN: MHB 464 – JESUS, the all-restoring Word,
MEMORY VERSE: Proverbs 4: 23 – Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.
I recall telling a friend who phoned me that I was thinking of him just before his call came through. Jokingly, he replied that he was not sure about my statement since he could not read my thoughts. His words set me thinking about the ability of God to discern our thoughts and intent.
Our passage of today records the forgiveness and healing of a paralytic by Jesus Christ. Some of the scribes who were there felt offended when Jesus pronounced forgiveness of the paralytic’s sins, given their knowledge that only God can forgive sins. However, they were ignorant of the fullness of the presence of God in the gathering. “But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?” (Matthew 9: 4).
In His sermon on the mountain, the Lord taught on the need to protect our mind, emotions and will by the thoughts we process in our hearts, giving examples of how sins, like murder and adultery, actually take root from the heart (Matt. 15:19). Spiritual battles are won or lost in the heart, hence the admonition in Proverbs 4: 23 to, “keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
Knowing how to value and control our thoughts is the key to the quality of life we live. The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the thoughts of the wicked are abominations before God (Prov.12:5, 15:26). Stress, depression and some ailments are the results of persistent negative thoughts. Reflecting on the mercies and blessings of God over your life, even at times of challenges, will launch you into the presence of God and bring peace to your heart. You cannot hide anything from your Maker.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, make my heart your royal throne and let my thoughts at all times be pleasing and acceptable in Your sight. Amen.

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