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Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Bible Meditation: 
Matthew 15: 1-20

For out of the HEART proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies – Matthew 15:19

The Believer’s Dominion in Christ pointedly includes DOMINION OVER HEART SPOILERS: But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the HEART, and they defile a man. For out of the HEART proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Mt.15:18-19). This Scripture provides an abridged list of what I term, Spoilers of the Heart! These satanically-driven servants of Sin are often on the ready to disrupt our sense of inner peace and well-being.

We cannot overemphasize the Primacy of the heart in matters of Life and Destiny. The heart is the hub where everything in life is processed. It’s the fountain from which flows the springs of life; hence we are instructed to watch over it with all diligence (Pro.4:23). The heart steeps into every conversation. It orders every relationship. Our very lives emanate from the heart. We live, lead, relate, parent, confront, react, respond, romance, instruct, manage, solve problems, believe, and love from the heart. Our hearts influence the intensity of our communication. Our hearts can potentially exaggerate our sensitivities and insensitivities. Every arena of life intersects with what’s going on in our hearts. Everything passes through the heart on its way to fruition or manifestation. 

Just as a physically unhealthy heart can destroy the body, spiritually and emotionally unhealthy hearts can destroy promising lives and relationships. While we are likely aware of the need to care for our physical heart, many individuals may not be sure how to take care of their spiritual heart. While we may be tempted to see negative emotions or reactions to life as circumstances-driven, our Lord Jesus taught that these negative attitudes, words, and actions. These heart problems are not mere behaviour problems that could be handled by means of rules towards behaviour modification. Such attempts consistently fail as a solution to dealing with the multi-faceted adversaries. Spoilers of the heart often have spiritual roots that in turn negatively affect the emotions, intellect, and will. God’s solution to spiritual heart issues is not to fix the heart, but to give a new one – a Transformed and Renewed Heart – His own.

Our meditation text describes the deceptive capability of the carnal or sin-filled heart: “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me” (v.8). The passage goes further to reveal that the things that come out of a person’s mouth – whether positive or negative – come from the heart (v.18). These corruptive and destructive forces adversely impact human relationships and are inimical to faith in God. Praise God! Faith in God’s Word, in the Name of Jesus, in the Covenant of His Blood, and the Power of the Holy Spirit, are more than sufficient to liberate every heart that submits to God, from these forces that try to corrupt and control our hearts and by extension, to render our redemption unrewarding.

The Bible not only identifies specific Heart Spoilers, it provides practical direction and applicable instructions to help Believers take charge over DARTS of the HEART that could adversely impact our lives and relationships. For the remainder of this Month of Heart Transformation, we shall daily meditate on the Believers’ Dominion over Heart Spoilers, which include: Evil thoughts, Anger, Bitterness, Blasphemy, Confusion, Fear, Greed, Guilt, Inferiority, Hurt, Hatred, Jealousy, Lust, Anxiety, and Worry. Like the physical heart affects the rest of the body when it’s in a weakened or broken condition; so will the spiritual heart. Our entire well-being depends on our heart functioning properly, liberated and free from every Spoiler, set to wholly love and serve the Lord and humanity!

Adetokunbo O. Ilesanmi (Meditations)

Lord, grant us revelation and manifestation of DOMINION OVER HEART SPOILERS – free to wholly love and serve You, in Jesus name.
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