Exposing the Heart

God shapes our circumstances as a helpful discipline. Circumstances, whatever they may be, can never change what’s on the inside of the man. If God gave us the best circumstances in the world, they would only bring out what we prefer. “Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceiveth not in him the lips of knowledge” (Proverbs 14:7). If someone doesn’t reflect doctrine as the premise for fellowship, go from him. The Bible calls him foolish.

Every Scripture exposes something about our heart, whether it is humble or established in self-response. Weights are external temptations, evil habits, and evil associations. Sin is the inside power of the force of Adam controlling some part of the soul. Lay aside every single weight, every area of sin that is the most besetting, and every clever sin that could encircle you.

How do you lay aside sin? Does it take time? How do we deal with anything that impedes progress? What should our attitudes be toward it? Lay it aside or get rid of it. As weeds have to be rooted out of the garden so they will not flourish, even so the things that choke the Word of God have to be dealt with in our lives (Matthew 13:22).

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