Unspeakable Joy Devotional

5-October

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Change My Heart. Judas had the best pastor, the best leader, the best adviser, the best counselor, yet he failed. The problem is not the leadership or the church you go to. If your attitude or character doesn’t change or your heart doesn’t transform, you will always be the same.

Judas was one of the twelve disciples who was with Jesus for over three years, but in the end betrayed Him. It is possible to follow Jesus outwardly so that everybody thinks we are a Christian. But if we do not love Jesus with our hearts, we will not inherit eternal life. Judas betrayed Jesus after Satan entered Him. Luke 22:3 “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.” Satan tries to deceive all followers of Christ. We need to put on the armour of God and stand strong against the schemes of the devil.

Judas was a thief. John 12:6 “This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein” shows that Judas was a thief. He was a hypocrite from the beginning. Love of money is a great evil that will draw us away from God. We cannot serve two masters, God and money. So put God first in your life!

Judas changed his mind, brought back the money he got for his betrayal, and committed suicide. This is a lesson for us that being sorry is not the same as repentance. Being sorry makes us feel sorry for ourselves, and can either lead us to justifying our sins or to despair. Repentance makes us feel sorry that we have offended God and drives us to Him to receive His undeserved forgiveness.

Luke 22:22 “And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!” Even though everything happens according to God’s plan, we are responsible for our actions, because they flow from our own decisions.

Judas’ life is a sobering example. It should drive us to examine ourselves whether we are really in the faith. Yet it should not make us doubt the possibility to faithfully serve Jesus in our own lives. When we have put our trust in Him, nobody can snatch us from his hand. Jesus himself prayed in John 17:12 “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.” When we have become disciples of Jesus through a saving faith, He will guard us and lead us to eternal life.

Dear loving God, thank you for another day of life. Today I seek a change of heart. I suffer from my hardness. Please change me Lord. Only you can do this. Give me a humble heart. Let me learn to trust you more, and me less. Let me understand that you alone are worthy and you alone are Lord. And only by Christ’s blood and I justified. All my other efforts are but filthy rags when compared to the great love You pour out upon me. Change my heart God! Cleanse me and soften my hardness. Let me be tender and loving as You are to me. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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