“For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person” (Mark 7:21-23).

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When  I set down this morning to write this blog, the post was supposed to be based on, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5), but the passage turned out to take on a tangential role. God set a slight course correction and broadened my focus.

Jesus said that we are defiled by what comes out of our hearts; “For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person” (Mark 7:21-23). On this day, Jesus did so much more than declare all food clean; Jesus exposed how sin defiles. Food is often emphasized in this chapter of Mark, probably because we are freed to pretty much eat whatever we want, and we like that, but in reality, food played a more happenstance role. See how easily the enemy distracts us.

Indeed, let us take every thought captive; let us subdue any arguments and pretensions that oppose the knowledge of God. Let us remain ever steadfast, and on our guard, for the devil sets distractions and stumbling blocks before us at every turn. But praise God that we are not left to fend for ourselves. Praise God for his course corrections!    

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