The Source
welcome to today's encouragement from our daily bread reading titled The Source was written by Tim Gustafson
 it was 1854 and something was killing thousands of people in London it must be the bad are people thought and indeed and unseasonable heat baked the sewage Wild River Thames the smell grew so bad it became known as the great stink but the worst problem wasn't the Air Research by Dr John snow would show that contaminated water was the cause of the cholera epidemic we humans have long been aware of another crisis one that stinks to high heaven we live in a broken world and we're prone to identify the source of this problem treating symptoms and fat wise social programs and policies do some good but they're powerless to stop the root cause of society's ills our sinful hearts
 when Jesus said nothing outside of person can defile them by going into them in Matthew 7 he wasn't referring to physical diseases rather he was diagnosing the spiritual condition of every one of us it is what comes out of a person that defiles them he said listing a Litany of Evil's lurking inside us surely I was sinful at Birth David Road in Psalm 51 his lament is one we can all voice we're broken from the beginning that's why David prayed create in me a pure heart oh God everyday we need that new heart created by Jesus through his Spirit instead of treating the symptoms we must let Jesus purify the source
 today's our daily bread devotional scripture reading is from Mark chapter 7 verses 14 through 23
 again Jesus called the crowd to him and said listen to me everyone and understand that nothing outside of person 10 to file them by going into them rather it is what comes out of a person that defiles them after he left the crowd and entered the house his disciples asked him about this parable are you so dull he asked don't you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them for it doesn't go into their heart but into their stomach and then out of the body and saying this Jesus declare all foods clean he went on what comes out of a person is what the files them for it is from within out of a person's heart that evil thoughts come sexual immorality theft murder adultery greed malice two-seat lewdness Envy slander arrogance and folly
 all these evils come from inside and defile a person
 let's pray Heavenly Father please guard our hearts and help us to be attentive to your spirit within us as you lead us each and every day thank you Lord It's in Jesus name we pray amen
 thanks for listening today I'm Steven and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries