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Revolution Starts in the Heart

“‘What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?’ Pilate asked. They all answered, ‘Crucify him!’ ‘ Why? What crime has he committed?’ asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, ‘Crucify him!’ ”

– Matthew 27:22,23

When I look at the story of the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion, one of the things that strikes me the most is how once the people discovered that He was not the political revolutionary they thought He was, they turned on Him. The crowds that just a while earlier had been shouting, “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!” were now screaming “Crucify Him and give us Barabbas!” Why did they want Barabbas? Because he was a rebel who had already led a fight against the Romans. They knew what they were looking for and Jesus was not it. Unfortunately, they missed the huge blessing that was right in front of them. They weren’t willing to consider that the Messiah was on a mission to save hearts rather than conquer nations. It’s human nature to want God to change everything except us, but the truth is that the revolution always starts in individual hearts!

Friend, I urge you to remember that Jesus is way more interested in changing you than He is in changing your circumstances. Rather than asking Him to change your spouse, your kids, your boss, or your living situation, ask Him to transform you. In every challenge, He wants to craft you into a person who is more like Him. The more you surrender, the more He is able to fill you with His Spirit! His Hand is outstretched and invites you to entrust everything to Him. So lay aside your own desires and make Him the King of your heart today.

Prayer


Jesus, I ask you to change me from the inside out. Though my circumstances are challenging, use them to make me more like you.

Reflection


Today, what difficult circumstance can you ask the Lord to work in to change you and make you more like Him?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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