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Kenneth Copeland Devotional 15 March 2024 – The Heart Of The Matter

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Topic: The Heart of the Matter

For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. – 1 Samuel 16:7

Too often, we ask God to fix the problems around us when He wants to solve the issues within us. I did that myself for years where my weight was concerned. I prayed and prayed for God to help me lose weight. Yet, I experienced repeated failures. I lost hundreds of pounds, only to gain them right back again.

Finally, one day, I made a firm decision. I told God, “I am not going one step further until I find out what to do about this!” Then I went on a fast, shut myself away from everyone, and determined to hear from God.

During that fast, the Lord revealed the natural source of my problem. He showed me that I wanted to lose weight, but I didn’t want to change my eating habits permanently. I was like an alcoholic who wanted to be able to drink constantly and not be affected by it. I wanted to eat nine times a day and still weigh 166 pounds!

Suddenly, I realized God wasn’t content to rid me of the extra pounds on the outside of me. He wanted to rid me of the sin of gluttony on the inside of me. So, I repented of that sin right then and there. (It was then that I realized just how hard it is for a man who drinks to face the fact that he has alcoholism. It hurts to admit something like that.) Then, instead of asking God for deliverance from my weight problem, I asked Him for deliverance from my food problem.

Sure enough, He did it.

If your prayers don’t seem to change the problems around you, maybe it’s time to look inside and ask God to work on the heart of the matter.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:1-10, 23-24

This message was written by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, the leader of Kenneth Copeland Ministries (www.KCM.org), which specializes in teaching biblical principles, such as prayer, healing, salvation, and other topics.

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