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“Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral persons, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying” (Revelation 22:15).

This list seems to portray the acceptable behaviors of our contemporary society.  Drugs, sex, lying, worshiping the created, and murdering others rules the day.  The heart without the Lord is wicked and deceitful.  Who can understand it but the Lord?  He has come to give a new heart to all who believe and follow Him.  Those who remain in their wickedness will be left outside the gates forever.

How can a heaven filled with people be different than this world?  It will be done by eliminating the wickedness of the heart.  The unrepentant must be left out.  Without repentance, there can be no change.  The change needs to happen and it has with the death and resurrection of our Savior.  Because He lives, we know that we have been granted a new heart and that He will complete His salvation for all who believe.

Lord Jesus, I still have too many of these attributes lurking in my heart, but I want to be like You.  Guide me on the mountain climb I need to walk so that I can reach the top and see You in Your glory.  You are the author of my life and faith.  I need You so that I can take the journey I need to make this day.  Guide me in Your goodness and mercy to live according to Your Word.  Amen.