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Jesus had a really good habit of "cutting through the crud." Religious hypocrisy didn't get an ounce of slack from Him. Jesus boiled it all down to the issues of the human heart and would lash out at those who sought to choke the heart of the issues with hypocritical rules.

When in Mark 7, for example, the religious scholars criticized Jesus for not washing His hands before He ate, He lashed out at them for being so ridiculously strict about washing the outside while their insides remained a vile place of filth.

Oh, they didn't like that one bit!

Can you imagine people looking at you in disgust because you forgot to wash your hands and then your retaliating at them by saying, "Look, I may not have washed my hands, but my heart is pure while you're full of all sorts of filthy trash!" Or, "You may look good on the outside, but you're just whitewashed tombs full of nothing but stinkin', rotting bones, you filthy Pharisees!"

Jesus Wasn't a Wimp
Jesus wasn't a wimp. He wasn't some mealy-mouthed preacher who walked around in a daze all the time, disconnected from the outside world. He didn't take as much junk off people as you might think. Unless He was being persecuted for God's sake, He didn't let people beat on Him. He'd either say something or walk away.

One time in the temple Jesus got so hot under the collar that He started making a rope! In other words, He was considering beating the tar out of something! He drove the merchants right off the temple grounds, turning over their tables and hollering at them! He said they'd made the church a den of thieves (John 2:13-17).

He was right. He got to the heart of the issue, and people understood really quickly what He meant!

Jesus was wise. He sought to help people live purely both in their hearts and in their actions. He wanted to clean out the old ideas that man had hung on the Bible and get back to the truth of what God said.

Go ahead and reread the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John for yourself. Read what Jesus had to say when situations arose, and you'll see that time after time, He talked about the heart of the matter.

Jesus showed us that God could and would do miracles of salvation, healing, deliverance and even prosperity if we would only believe.

Phrases like "Be it according to your faith" and "Your faith hath made you whole" are throughout the Gospels. In other words, what is in your heart? Is it belief and trust in God that dominates? Or is it doubt and skepticism?

It's What Is in Your Heart That Matters
It's what is in your heart that matters. It's what you do with what God gives you that makes the difference in receiving your healing or not.

You may say, "How do I get off of drugs? How do I get healed? How do I get all of these things out of my life?" The answer is by breaking the power of natural law in your own life. Nobody can do it for you.

Even though God may use others to stimulate your faith in Him and pray the prayer of agreement with you, ultimately it is your faith that will make you whole spirit, soul and body.

Say this to yourself: "My success doesn't depend on how much of the Word I read or know about; it depends on how much of the Word I allow to become a part of me." I'm not just talking about applying the Word here, but I'm talking about becoming one with it—abiding in it.

Unite yourself with the Word in the same way you united yourself with Jesus when you accepted Him as your Savior. Can you do that? Say, "Yes, I can," even if you're unsure right now.

I believe that as you start sowing the Word into your mind, you'll begin to have confidence and build faith. Your heart will be opened to believe more. Your childlike faith will begin to flower, and natural law will begin to break.

Source: Breaking The Power Of Natural Law by Jesse Duplantis.
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Jesse Duplantis
Web site: Jesse Duplantis Ministries
Jesse Duplantis is a dynamic evangelist who has traveled throughout the world since 1978 preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries (JDM), which has its International Headquarters in America and additional offices in the United Kingdom and Australia.

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