40 Days of Prophecy - January 27, 2016 - In Need of a New Heart

Begin your time with God in prayer:
Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart:

Read Revelation 16:1-21
What time has finally come (vs.1)?
Why is God just to carry out this judgment (vs. 5-6)?
In spite of the wrath that was being poured out, what did the people refuse to do (vs.11)?
Of what are we reminded of in verse 15 (see also 1 Thessalonians 5:2)?
What was the response to the last and final cup of wrath (vs. 21)?

"The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick."  Jeremiah 17:9

All of us have hearts that are deceitful and sick. Yet, God wants us to have a heart like His. That happens when we allow His Word and His Spirit to transform our lives. Blaspheming God and refusing to repent is the natural result of a wicked and sick heart left to its own inclinations.

Apply God’s Word to your life:
· Recognize that we all have hearts that are sick.
· Ask God to forgive your ungodly thoughts and actions.
· Ask God to transform your heart through His Word.
· What is one verse you can take to heart today and apply it to your life?

Father, I praise You that Your heart is good and pure. Forgive me for the evil thoughts I had today and the actions that followed. Help me to surrender to Your Word and Your Spirit so that my heart can be made new. Help me to live like Jesus today. Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart." Luke 6:45

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." Psalm 51:10

"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me." (NASB)  Galatians 2:20


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