“18 And He (Jesus) said unto them (His Disciples), Are you so without understanding also? Do you not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without enters into the man, it cannot defile him; 19 Because it enters not into his heart, but into the belly, and goes out into the draught, purging all meats?
20 And He said, That which comes out of the man, that defiles the man.
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” Mark 7:18-23
Out of the mouth flows the abundance of the heart. Holiness does not sanctify evil, it dispels evil. While evil, on the other hand, defiles that which is holy. Pride and foolishness is the fruit of a defiled heart. No matter one’s abilities, intellect or earthly wisdom (which is devilish by the way [James 3:15]), a defile heart cannot produce fruit unto God.
Many professing Christians have the outside of their cups nicely polished but from the inside comes evil thoughts, covetousness and pride. The inside of their cup is filthy and defiled. Their incantations have failed them, and fail them they must, and they are left wanting.
“28 Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take My Yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For My Yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
When we recognize the abundance of our heart is full of death and our lying to ourselves and unto God in the Name of Jesus have failed, Jesus will be standing at the door knocking. Those Who follow Him, will find rest unto their souls. Learning of Him, Who He is and what He has done to break the power of sin for the broken Believer, dispels the defiled parts and causes a praise to be constantly on our lips. Jesus Christ is our strong tower which we run into and are safe. Without Him, we cannot resist the devil and the devil will not flee. It is the devil’s wish to defile. Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy but Jesus gives us life and life more abundantly (John 10:10).
Recognize the defiled parts. Learn of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Be determined to know nothing else among you. He will give you the rest in which your soul seeks. Joy unspeakable and peace beyond all understanding is found in Him…He is our strong tower.
“The Name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous run into it, and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10
-Donna Clark Warren