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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Apr
16

Inside Activity

Wayne Cordeiro

Scripture
"Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. "They have credited David with tens of thousands," he thought, "but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?" And from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David. The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully upon Saul" (1 Samuel 18:9-10).
Observation
Make no mistake about it. Heaven and hell watch inside activity more than the outside. Just because inside activity is not immediately visible does not mean it can't become instantly toxic. It is.

Such was the case with Saul's jealousy for David. It's lethal poison lay silent in the king's heart ... until the songs began.
Application
This is the litmus test for any leader. It is not tested by what he does but more by what others do.
  • How will you respond to a success greater than your own?
  • How do you reply to a peer when his performance flops? Do you secretly rejoice or do you genuinely weep?
1 Sam. 16:7 tells us - "...God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

Inside activity is something that heaven and hell watch for. Letting inside activity go unchecked will cause our hearts to become septic; and the forces of hell respond oppressive results. Our motives get skewed. Thinking we are righteous, we become foolish and deceived.

I MUST CHECK MY INSIDE ACTIVITY OFTEN - to monitor my heart and thoughts. What is taking up my mind time? My inner conversation? God monitors my inside activity to determine my strength.

But so does hell.
Prayer
Search me Oh God, and know my heart. Try me and see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in Your everlasting way!

Devotions for April 16

1 Samuel 18
1 Chronicles 6
Psalm 11
Matthew 3

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