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10 November, 2012

God Is Not Obligated To Us In The Way We Think


Devotion

Read Jeremiah 18:18 "Then said they, Come, and let us devise plans against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words."

The spiritual blindness the Israelites were experiencing was simply gut wrenching and destructive. They were so deep in their presumptuous faith that no one, not even the messenger sent by God could get through them. They were all like a group of herd with no reasoning, going all in the same wrong direction while looking forward to it. They were so devoid of the capacity to see what was of God and what was of men that the message, which was meant to touch their hearts and bring repentance, was lost on them. Their harden hearts contained pure evil thoughts and deeds as such they have chosen the way of the false prophet, and ignored their God. The idea that they could be in the wrong was totally inconceivable to them. So, instead of examining themselves, change their lives around through repentance, they decided to get rid of the messenger.

Our behavior today has become similar to the Israelites. We, in the Western civilization are lost in our own narrow mindedness and the choice we made to stay out of His light we are incapable of seeing what is right in front of our noses.  Like the Israelites we feel if we say things with our mouths go through some rituals in His name, then, we are excused to do as we please, and walk away from Him and His Word to never become what He intended for us to be. When it is convenient for us, we quote some Words in the Bible to show to other people that we are in touch with our spirituality. Somehow, in our feeble mind, we think we deserve a medal because we think we “speak the truth.” In the meantime, we have no idea in our soul to what extend this truth we are claiming that we know and quote all the time is actually a being. The truth is no less than Christ crucified that permeates the soul. It is not just a word that we toss around in our own understanding. The truth is real, the truth is alive, the truth is the ascended Christ

PRAYER: Christ forgives our hard hearts and bring us to a place where we learn to live out a full Gospel like you intended it to be. Revive our heart and help us to walk away from that false sense of security that permeates our lives.

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