What is in your heart?

2 Timothy 3:16-17:

Last devotion we talked of our country is moving away from God’s truth. We read and study His word so we can recognize the enemy and his lies. Paul encourages and talks to Timothy about the importance of God and His word: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:15-16.  God’s word is truth. Through His word and our more consistent reading of it, He can teach us what is right and help us realize and know what is wrong. It has corrected me so many times. He wants to train and equip us to do His will. We can only know and follow Him better through reading His word. Every time I read through the Bible and read in a different translation, I find new verses to study. Recently and one of my most favorite is I John 5:21. NIV “.  Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.” Then I read this verse in the NLT version. “Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.” NLT. The NLT uses the word “idols” and the NLT gives us the definition of an idol. What takes the place of God in our hearst? Some are good including running, “relaxed” time watching TV and spending times with friends. These can take too much time. Some areas are evil. Going to R rated movies or reading a book with language and sex. One more page in a good book but the language does not stop and I will intentionally stop reading and review the book on Amazon

What is taking the place of God in your heart?

What change do you need to make in your life?

Published by groundedandgrowingweekly

About the Author Dale Hansen is retired and spends his time reading, running, mentoring others and watching his grandkids. He enjoys leading small Bible study groups which he has done for over 30 years. During his marriage of over 40 years, there have been numerous God workings through their lives. These include infertility, adoption, cancer, kidney stones and Parkinson’s. He has two awesome married daughters, 2 great sons-in-law and four wonderful grandsons. He lives in Plainfield, IL

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