Subject: June 19th — Daily Devotional by Watchman Nee

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For from within, out of the heart of men, evil thoughts proceed . . . All these evil things proceed from within, and defile the man. Mark 7.21, 23.

The heart which Mark speaks of is our natural heart. What is the condition of that heart? “All these evil things proceed from within,” says the Lord. Oh, how much wickedness comes out of the heart! But in Matthew’s Gospel we find the Lord declaring: “Blessed are the pure in heart” (5.8)—He is able to save the heart and change it from wickedness to pureness.

The way to have our heart saved is not by suppressing the evils within so that they will not come out; rather, it is by a cleansing from the inside out. If we attempt to cover or to seal up, let it be said that such is not salvation; because we have not yet been saved to the point of pureness of heart. We should inquire before the Lord as to how much evil thoughts, craftiness, and pride we have in our hearts. If these be only suppressed within us, we merely cover them over and our hearts are still not saved. Does not God in fact say, “Blessed are the pure in heart”?
This daily devotional comes from the book 
The Lord My Portion by Watchman Nee.
The Lord My Portion by Watchman Nee