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Daily Devotional

The Heart, a Gift for God
My son, give me thine heart.
PROVERBS 23:26
10
August
No man is conquered until his heart is conquered.
George Barlow
We were not always sons. Once we were slaves, bond-slaves to sin. We were held captive under its dreadful and ruinous dominion. Then our great and glorious Redeemer came in all the omnipotency of His grace and broke the power of cancelled sin and set the prisoner free. Once we were strangers, afar off. Now we are made nigh by the blood of Christ. We are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God (I John 3:1). Oh, amazing, astonishing love!

Here is the demand of that love, what one preacher called the most condescending and most affectionate command of the great God of heaven and earthMy son, give me thine heart. How freely, gratefully, and unreservedly it ought to be given! What is it, then, to give our heart to the Lord? It is to love Him supremely. What a man loves most, he gives his heart to. Shall we fail to love the Lord our God with all our heart? Of course, to give our heart to the Lord is also to delight in Him supremely. What a man loves, he delights in. It is to say with the psalmist, Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee (Psa. 73:25).

Ah, Christian, until the heart is given, nothing is given. Everything is as sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal. Yet when the heart is given, all is given. The heart given stamps the cup of cold water with an untold value and converts the two mites of the widow into a magnificent offering to God.
Daily devotions are from the book "Eagle's Wings" published by the Free Presbyterian Church.
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