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The Tatura Guardian - - Community - — Pas­tor Mike Reid Youth Pas­tor Gen­er­a­tions Church

Be­lieve in your heart

I got mar­ried more than six years ago and for our hon­ey­moon we went to Thai­land, where we spent two weeks at the beach and one week in Bangkok.

We ex­plored the city of Bangkok and did plenty of shop­ping, which Jess loved, but I started to get bored with this.

So in­stead I started eat­ing snacks off the street stalls and dis­cov­ered some de­li­cious chicken.

But one day I ate chicken that didn’t taste as good or as fresh. I spent the next three days throw­ing up with the worst food poi­son­ing I’ve ever had.

It turned ev­ery­thing nasty on the in­side of my stom­ach and it forced its way to the out­side each time I threw up.

I know this is dis­gust­ing but our hearts are of­ten re­ferred to as the in­side of us as a per­son.

Proverbs 4:23 says, ‘‘Above all else, guard your heart, for ev­ery­thing you do flows from it’’.

Ev­ery­thing we do, in­clud­ing what we say, de­ci­sions we make, how we re­late to peo­ple, flows from the in­side of our hearts.

There are so many ways to ap­ply this to our lives.

Many peo­ple think Chris­tian­ity is about how you live your life and the de­ci­sions you make on the out­side, but how you live is only a re­sult of what’s on the in­side. Ro­mans 10:9 says ‘‘If you con­fess with your mouth that Je­sus is Lord and be­lieve in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved’’.

Chris­tian­ity is about be­liev­ing in Je­sus Christ in your heart and know­ing God on the in­side.

When you know God on the in­side it starts to flow out into your whole life. Je­sus died on the cross to pay the price for ev­ery one of your sins so you could know the love and pres­ence of God.

You can choose to know him to­day and trust him with your whole life.

God is al­ways close by, He is al­ways ready to ac­cept you, love you and for­give you.

Take some time to talk to him to­day and if you want to know more about Je­sus then ask some­one who knows him.

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