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Daily Reading: Daniel 11:2-35 ESV, 1 John 3:7-24 ESV, Psalm 122:1-9 ESV, Proverbs 29:1 ESV

Daily Verse: “By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; (1 John 3:19 ESV)

KARDIA (2588): “Is the heart, the chief organ of the physical life, and occupies the most important place in the human system.  By an easy transition the word came to stand for man’s entire mental and moral activity, both the rational and the emotional elements.  It is used figuratively for the hidden springs of the personal life.”[1]

Chief organ.

Because our heart muscles run our entire physical body, they became known for man’s whole mental and moral activity.  Considered the “hidden springs of the personal life” from our hearts flow our activities, whether positive or negative.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21 ESV)

What we treasure rules our hearts.  If money and prestige matter more to us than relationships, our hearts will reflect it.  As we climb the corporate ladder, we’ll destroy connections with others, missing out on moments we can never regain.

Purified heart.

If you want to know what you treasure in your heart, ask God to search for it.  Request God’s help in identifying the dark places within your being that keep you from enjoying life to the fullest.  Don’t miss out on the important things in life because you treasure the temporary things of this world.

Today’s world has many things we can treasure, high salaries, large homes, and fancy cars can take the place of people in our lives.  When we don’t have our priorities straight, we don’t treasure the right things.

God first, others second, and ourselves last prioritizes our hearts.  Understanding the crucial things in life helps us live life to the fullest.  Losing a loved one makes you realize you’d give all you have just for one more hour with them.

Ask God to purify your heart today by revealing the temporary things of this world you treasure.  Focus your eyes on Jesus, letting Him become the treasure of your heart.  You will begin to experience life to the fullest as you get your priorities straight and enjoy the gifts of a relationship with God and others.

[1] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 128) Thomas Nelson

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