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“Without and Within”

Key Verse

“Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?” Luke 11:40

Text — Luke 11:37-40


Your mouth would still be bitter and smelling if you wash your lips very well, without cleaning your teeth and your tongue. It is not therefore proper to wash the outside portion of your mouth without washing the inside. People spend so much time and effort to make the outside part of something very beautiful. This is because it is the outside part that people easily see and talk about. But the word of God teaches us that God, unlike men is interested in both what we think within our heart and what we do without. In our Bible passage, the Lord Jesus calls them fools those who attempt to look righteous before people while their hearts are dirty with sins. Though they can hide their evils from men, their sins are known to God, the righteous Judge.

Do not be a fool. The price of foolishness is hell. You must be godly in your thoughts and in your outward actions. Pray and ask the Lord to help you, and determine in your heart to do what is right in all you think, say and do.

Further Reading

Job 27:8-11

Prayer for today

Lord, please deliver me from the foolishness of pretence and deceit.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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