Matthew 15:8-9 – “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. (vs. 8 – NIV)

I was trying to fine-tune one of my recent photos on my phone, and the more I worked on it, the finer the picture became. However, I soon realised that despite all the adjustments, my posture never changed. I could manipulate the colour and crop the photo, but the real me could not be edited. At that moment, the Holy Spirit began to communicate some things with me.

The inner part of a human being is of greater value than the outer expression because our true worth is determined by the state of our soul. In today’s Bible reading, Jesus addressed the Pharisees and teachers of the law concerning the condition of their hearts. His emphasis was that they placed tradition above God’s principles. Therefore, their worship and appearance in God’s presence contradicted their bad motives. In the sight of the people, the Pharisees looked perfectly holy, but they were hypocrites in God’s face. In the same way, as I could not change my real self and position in the photo, our spiritual posture cannot be faked before God. We can fake our visible attitudes, but our soul is what God judges.

Beloved, if your heart or inward experience is negatively contrary to your outward appearance, there is an opportunity for a transformation. God is calling you to repentance and restoration. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. When you surrender to Jesus, you will receive a new personality and the Holy Spirit will strengthen your walk with God. Come to Jesus now and enjoy the peace that passes all understanding.


Hymn: I Need Thee Every Hour – Robert Lowry (1872)

1. Father, please circumcise my heart and make it ready for Your glorious use.

2. Holy Ghost, uproot the seed of sin and pretence from the centre of my heart.


1. Spend quality time to pray in the Holy Ghost, interceding as led.


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