Therefore, cleanse your sinful hearts and stop being stubborn. – Deuteronomy 10:16


A proud, resistant heart pays no attention to the Word of God. Israel was stubborn, self-willed, disobedient, and hardhearted. How often have we followed suit and lived in habits and patterns that were obviously contrary to the Word of God? However, a tender heart that receives the Word of God and submits to it is precious to the Lord.

Jesus encouraged His disciples to be those of a noble and good heart, who heard the Word, retained it, and by persevering would “steadily produce a huge harvest” (Luke 8:15). The more tender our hearts and the more attentive our ears, the more revelation God will give us (v. 18). Jesus’ own mother and brothers did not qualify as much as those who heard God’s Word and put it into practice (v. 21).

When you read something in God’s Word, receive it with a tender, honest heart. Give it first place, apply it, and let it change you. As you do, you will cultivate the ground of your heart for a harvest—thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold!


Therefore, cleanse your sinful hearts and stop being stubborn. – Deuteronomy 10:16




Not long afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby cities and villages to announce the Good News concerning the Kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him, along with some women he had healed and from whom he had cast out evil spirits. . . . – Luke 8:1-2

The women who traveled with Jesus and His disciples were “contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples”

(Luke 8:3). Joanna was the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household. She obviously was a person of great means, and God used her as a channel to supply the needs of the Son of God here on earth.

What a privilege it must have been to give one’s personal wealth for Jesus’ daily provision of food, clothing, and shelter! While Jesus presented the life-giving Word to the cities and villages in the area, these generous and loving women kept the supply lines open to the battlefront.

Wealth is given by God to finance His purposes in redeeming humanity (Deuteronomy 8:17-18). He blessed His people in Palestine, “a land where food is plentiful and nothing is lacking” (v. 9). He still blesses His people with wealth today, not so they can hoard it and become proud, but as a means for world evangelism.

Claim your abundance, and then pour it upon the feet of Jesus (Luke 7:37-38). You will not lose your wealth, for in eternity you will find it again.

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