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These verses and any linked articles/stories are intended to help jumpstart you in your own studies. MOST VERSES ARE BEST UNDERSTOOD WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE WHOLE LETTER in which it was written. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have your own bible and seek on your own. no one or any resource can replace one-on-one time with the king.
It's easy to focus on our outward actions and attribute them to godliness. Yet, careful study of scripture and time in the presence of our Jesus reveals that He's after our heart - which involves our motives. i.e. the "why" behind all we do and think. And that, sometimes, is hard to uncover and admit.
Bible versions used will vary and some may be paraphrased. We suggest using BibleGateway.com to look up the verse in your favorite version. Side notes, emphasis, etc. are my own.
The verses listed below are in no particular order.
LUKE 16:15 “You always want to look spiritual in the eyes of others, but you have forgotten the eyes of God, which see inside of you.” [TPT]
LUKE 16:15 “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God. [ESV]
PSALM 51:6 Thou dost desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part Thou wilt make me know wisdom. [NAS]
PSALM 51:6 I know that you delight to set your truth deep in my spirit. So come into the hidden places of my heart and teach me wisdom. [TPT]
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Prayer: Holy Father, set your truth deep in my spirit. Come into the hidden places of my heart and teach me wisdom. Shine your light of truth in the dark crevices and place within me a pure heart. Amen.
PSALM 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. [ESV]
PSALM 51:10 Create a new, clean heart within me. Fill me with pure thoughts and holy desires, ready to please you. [TPT]
JEREMIAH 3:10 “…And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense,” says the Lord. [NKJV]