Psalms 139:23-24 (23) – Examine me, O God, and know my mind; test me, and discover my thoughts. (GNT)

Christ’s analogy in Luke 11:24-26 confirms that there is never a season a man is empty. At every time, we are either possessed by God or Satan. When we accepted Christ, we automatically received the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). But the moment we begin to live in sin while neglecting the leading of the Holy Spirit, we silence His voice and give way to contrary spirits (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Indeed, one of the mistakes of modern-day Christians is that we do not examine ourselves often to see if we still align with God. Because it is easy to get carried away and yet believe we are under grace. God forbid! (Roman 6:1-2). We saw an example of Saul, who after disobeying God’s instructions, was rejected, replaced, and reclaimed by an evil spirit (1 Samuel 15; 16:1-23 (14).

Beloved, no room for emptiness— we must always test our inner mind. It is possible to tread on the wrong path thinking it is God’s will. We could be desiring prosperity, yet the Lord might be saying, ‘This is not the time!’ You claimed the Lord spoke to you about whom to marry— are you sure it was not your emotions? Reaffirm that voice if it is of God (2 Corinthians 13:1). Oh! You may be used by God and still nurture a filthy heart. No wonder, David prayed that prayer in our Bible reading, which you will pray, too!


Hymn: Into My Heart — Harry D. Clarke (1924)

1. Lord, open my inner man and myself to me!

2. Father, help me amend my ways and keep me in the way everlasting.


1. Father, shine Your light upon my soul, nation, and the church.

2. Strange powers, poisoning my identity, dream and glory, die!


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