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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Mar
18

Boiling Point

Ricky Beckett

Scripture
"Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper-it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land." (Psalm 37:8-9)
Observation
Every one of us will go through life and accumulate. Not just outward accumulation, but an inner accumulation that takes place in our hearts. We can accumulate negative events, comments, broken expectations, unforgiveness, trespasses, excuses, blame, and the like or we can collect good things like gratefulness, trust, God's Word, positive outlooks, and so on.

The question becomes: What are we choosing to pack away?

Luke 6:45 reads:
" 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."

Learn the art of letting go.

We can fill our hearts with many things, but an accumulation of negative events and thoughts will sink us like weights on our ankles. We must learn the art of letting go of things. Choosing to turn from anger, forgiving others when wronged, seeing the positive things in people, and letting go of the negative. We are all a bunch of pack rats, so we must store away the good things of life.
Application
A good indicator for me is my boiling point. When I am close to boiling in any small circumstance, I know that my heart needs help. When it only takes a small event to ruin my day, I know that I need to turn to the Lord. Maybe I need to unpack a few things I've stored up in the heart, maybe I need to pray for a clean heart, and a new spirit, maybe I simply need to see all of the positives in people and in life and change my perspective.

I control the buoyancy of my Spirit by choosing what I let into my heart. I choose store that which honors the Lord, and I choose to release that which takes me down.
Prayer
Father please search my heart. If my perspectives are wrong, then correct me. If my forgiveness is slow, then help me. If my expectations off, transform me. I choose to release anything that will pull me down, and I choose to hang onto anything that honors you. IN JESUS NAME, AMEN.

Devotions for March 18

Joshua 1,2
Psalms 37
1 Corinthians 3

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