Acts 7:51 Are You Resisting?

You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Acts 7:51

Being stubborn is something that many people like to be. They feel that they are right no matter what is shown them. They also want to do things their own way.

Acting this way is something that is often learned and continued on from generation to generation. Parents are stubborn in their ways and do things a certain way, and the children learn from them and continue in the same actions.

Stephen had been taken captive by the people for preaching the gospel message. When asked if the charges were true, he tells the history of Israel. At the end he charges the people as being just like the rest of their ancestors, killing all the prophets, resisting the Holy Spirit.

After Jesus left the earth, He sent His Holy Spirit to lead and guide His people in how to live on this earth for God’s glory. The Holy Spirit would help people to remember what God taught and said, and lead them in the right way to live for God.

Most believers will say that they don’t ignore the Holy Spirit, but they will not always do what God is telling or lead them to do or not do.

Many people just ignore what the Holy Spirit is saying. They ignore when God is nudging them to not go down a certain path. Sin is chosen over holiness and righteousness, because it is more ‘fun’ and feels good in the moment. They will crucify other believers or themselves for a momentary pleasure or self-righteousness.

Following God means that one often has to deny self and follow the Holy Spirit in the moment for a greater, eternal reward.

God’s Holy Spirit is there to lead and guide you in every area of your life, each and every day. He gives you the option as to whether you will listen and obey or not.

Do not allow yourself to ignore or resist following the Holy Spirit.

Remain open to what God is saying to you by His Holy Spirit. As you do this, God can do great things in and through you. He is able to change your heart and mind to follow after His heart and mind.

Are you resisting the Holy Spirit in your life today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear the Holy Spirit leading and guiding you in your life; that you will do what the Holy Spirit tells you to do; and that you will allow God to turn your heart from the love of sin.

John 14:27 Peace, Don’t Be Afraid

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

With all of the wars and fighting going on around the world, peace is something that people are searching for all the time. As they search for peace, people are looking for things to calm their nerves and help them relax.

Not only is there fear of the wars going on, but there are fears of many other types. Fear of debt, of the economy, of leadership, of rejection, of failure and more abound in the hearts of people.

As Jesus is preparing for His death and leaving, He tells the disciples that He is leaving His peace with them. He tells them not fear at all or be troubled about what is happening.

The world’s definition of peace is that there is no troubles or problems. Many have become Christians with this thought in mind, that there would be no more problems in this world.

However, that is not the type of peace that Jesus promised on this earth. His peace is that He is in control, no matter how bad the situation looks. It is the true believer in Jesus knowing that no matter what happens, God is going to take care of him and he will be on the winning, victorious side in the end.

As one has this mindset, he will not be afraid. The world can be crumbling around him, but he does not fear, because he knows that God will win and he is on God’s winning team.

This peace is not an outer calm, but an inner peace of the heart. It is a peace that removes all fear of what man can do.

As with every other person on this earth, you have some troubles in your life. Some of those troubles may appear to be very large and overwhelming.

Take your mind off of those troubles and put your focus upon Jesus. It is He who is in control and will bring you through to victory in the end.

When you focus upon what Jesus can do and has already done, you will have His inner peace and no fear in your life. All the world can do is take your body. God has your soul. Do not be afraid, but be at peace.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the peace He gives you; that you will not fear the troubles of this world; that you will trust God’s work in your life; and that you will know victory in Jesus.

Matthew 19:8 Is Your Heart Hard?

Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.” Matthew 19:8

It is common for people to make up their mind about something and refuse to budge on it regardless of what others say or show. This is often done due to past experience or training.

In the process of holding on to a certain way to do something, many will often refuse to accept or see the correct way of doing something. It becomes all about themselves, rather than the correct way or rule.

When asked why Moses permitted divorce, Jesus told them that Moses allowed it because their hearts were hard and that it was not that way from the beginning.

Society allows for divorce for nearly any and every reason a person may give. This has become so prevalent in society that there is very little difference in or outside the church. Most divorces occur out of a hardness of heart towards one another.

In the same way that divorce is allowed inside the church, there are also many other sins allowed inside the church as acceptable.

People harden their hearts towards God’s word and make choices based off of their feelings rather than His word. Sin is justified as good or ‘not-so-bad’. They refuse to allow their hearts to be softened towards God’s word and truth, so that they may do what they want.

At the time a person becomes a believer, he is to become a new creation, someone different. The old things and ways of doing things must be put off. His heart is to be one of flesh, not of stone.

No believer should be hardening his heart towards God just to justify his behavior or actions.

Just as everyone does have sin in their lives, so do you. However, you must never justify the sin, ignoring God’s commands.

Choosing to obey God’s commands may be difficult or painful for a time, but it is always for your best interest in the end. Seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you to make the right choice.

Do not allow your heart to become hardened against God’s word so that you may live in sin. This is not only with divorce, but in every other area of life. All sin is done out of hardness of heart and selfish desires.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have a softened heart of flesh towards God’s word; that you will obey God’s commands; and that you will choose to turn from all sin.