Jeremiah 25:4 Refusing To Listen

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And though the Lord has sent all his servants the prophets to you again and again, you have not listened or paid any attention. Jeremiah 25:4 

Everyday as a person drives down the road he can see signs that tell him the speed limit and to not drink alcohol and drive. Yet, many refuse to listen to those signs and warnings and will do both.

Many feel that they are exempt from those laws or that they can drive better than anyone else. They drink and drive, then many will cause accidents and even death because they had refused to listen to what was told to them. They chose, rather, to do their own thing.

Jeremiah accuses the people of Israel of refusing to listen to God. They had been sent many warnings by different prophets, yet they would not listen to what was being said.

Every prophet that was sent to the Israelites were sent to people today, along with new servants with the same message. The message has been the same since God kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden of Eden–follow and obey God.

Just as it was with the Israelites during Jeremiah’s time, people do not listen or pay attention to the message. God is still telling people to not follow false gods, to turn away from all sin, to live a holy life, to believe in and obey Jesus and to be His witness in this world.

Yet, many, even in the church, are not paying attention to what God is saying. The false gods of pride, wealth, fame, self, sex, and greed are being worshipped everyday, both inside and outside the church.

Those who claim to believe in Jesus, must listen to what God is saying. They must turn away from sin and follow Jesus with all of their heart, mind, soul and strength. This can only be done when they are listening.

Have you heard what God has said? If you have heard are you listening–obeying God’s word?

At a minimum God has called you to be separate, to turn away from all sin, to obey God’s word, and to be His witness. No matter where you are in this life in your walk with God, there is always room to grow and do better for God. There is always more to listen to and obey.

Do not be like the Israelites and most of the world and not pay attention to God, His word and His servants.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will listen to what God is saying; that you will apply what God is saying to your life; and that you will live your whole life for God. 

Acts 7:51 Just Like The Ancestors

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“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

Stephen had been falsely accused of blasphemy and the people were ready to stone him. He stood up and spoke how God has been working in mankind since the beginning of time. He also pointed out how men have rejected God over and over, again and again throughout history. Now he tells them they are just as bad as their ancestors in resisting God’s Holy Spirit.

God is a God who speaks all the time. When Jesus left the earth, He sent the Holy Spirit to guide His people in the ways and truths of God. In order for a person to be guided by God’s Holy Spirit, he must be open and listening to what the Holy Spirit is saying.

The Holy Spirit will remind believers of what God’s word says. In this reminder will be times to remind the person to turn away from sin. This reminder will come in the feeling that the person knows that to do some action is wrong and that it should not be done. He will also remind people to seek forgiveness for anything done that was wrong.

He will also remind people what God says about loving others. This love is not just a surface love, but a deep true love that loves even when wronged.

God’s Holy Spirit will also guide a person in what God wants the person to do. This could be in being a witness or walking a certain way.

As history has proven and Stephen had stated, many resist what the Holy Spirit is saying and doing. People want to live their lives their own way and reject what God is saying to them. Yet, they want to call themselves a Christian believer.

When you reject what God’s Holy Spirit is saying to you, then you are rejecting God and Jesus. You are saying that you know better than what God does.

The more you reject the Holy Spirit’s guidance in your life, the further you slip away from God. Your heart becomes cold and your ears are stopped up from hearing God.

Do not allow yourself to become like this. Do not resist the guidance of the Holy Spirit as many have done in the past. Be led by God’s Holy Spirit.

I pray today that you will know God’s Spirit in your life; that you will not reject the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit; that you will live your life sold-out to God; and that you will allow the Holy Spirit to change you daily.