Matthew 21:44 Are You Broken Or Crushed?

Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed. Matthew 21:44

People in authority are there for a reason. They are in their position to ensure others learn and follow the procedures to get something accomplished.

Some people hate those in authority, because they desire to do things the wrong way or by cutting the corners and cheating the system. When they are caught, they are often punished or removed.

Those who follow the procedures are able to remain despite the pain of following all the regulations.

After quoting a verse about the stone being rejected, Jesus said that the one who falls on the stone will be broken, but the one on whom it falls will be crushed.

Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden, God had a plan to save every person. It would be done in procedure in which it was done by God and not by man himself. The final process of the salvation would be considered the capstone of the building of God’s kingdom.

This capstone would be the death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus lived the perfect, holy life before God and man, thus was given all authority by the Father. He is able to judge and save anyone and everyone.

The person who recognizes his sin against God and his need for forgiveness and salvation, will fall upon Jesus for help. He will be broken before God as he turns his life over to Jesus. Afterwards he will be given eternal life.

Those who reject what Jesus has done will, in the end, fell the crushing power of His wrath because of their rejection. Although they may live a time here on the earth, in the end they will be condemned to death in hell for eternity.

God has given you a choice as to whether you will accept and follow Jesus or not. If you are willing to recognize your sin and need for Jesus, you will allow yourself to be broken in order to gain eternal life. You will allow Jesus control over your life.

If you choose to reject Jesus and what He has done for you, you will have only His wrath to look forward to that will crush you for all eternity.

Allow yourself to be broken before Jesus and let Him be ruler over your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God wants of you; that you will allow Jesus to rule over your life; that you will be broken before God; and that you will allow God to build you into the person He wants you to be.

1 Corinthians 2:14 Rejecting The Holy Spirit’s Things

The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:14

In order for most people to accept something, they must be able to understand it. It is very common for things that are not fully understood to be rejected.

While most people will accept natural things that they do not understand, there are some things that they just refuse to accept. No one wants to appear to be foolish by accepting what appears to be foolish.

Paul says that a person with God’s Holy Spirit cannot accept anything from God’s Spirit. It takes having God’s Spirit to understand what the Spirit is saying.

God works in ways that to the natural mind, often, does not make any sense. Why would a person follow another person who lived nearly 2,000 years ago? Why would a person give up a good paying job to make virtually no money to be a missionary or some other missions work? Why would a person give up 10% plus of his paycheck to a church? These can be considered foolish by the world.

Every believer, who has God’s Holy Spirit in him and is listening to the Holy Spirit, will do things that look insane to the natural mind. He is believing in things that do not follow the standards of this world.

The believer is looking beyond this life to an eternal life. The things that the Holy Spirit will lead him to believe and do, have a focus upon the eternal, not the temporal. Understanding this can only be done if a person is led by the Holy Spirit and completely trusts in God and His leading.

As a believer, God has given you His Holy Spirit to lead and guide you. There will be times that God will lead you to say or do things, or not to say or do things that do not make sense according to the world’s standards. Many will think you are crazy to listen to God.

Hold on to the faith you have in God and trust in Him. Know that what the Holy Spirit is leading you in will be of eternal value, greater value than anything this world can offer.

Be willing to go against the flow of this world as you are led by His Holy Spirit.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be led by God’s Holy Spirit; that the Holy Spirit will help you to understand the things and ways of God; and that you will have strength to walk the path God has for you.

Acts 7:51 Resisting God’s Holy Spirit

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

Following the guidance of someone is often difficult for many people to do. Most people feel as if they know what is best and can accomplish everything on their own.

Pride is what often gets in the way. One is given some guidance, but it is rejected, because it makes the person feel as though he is inferior or a failure. With this mind-set, many reject any guidance or help.

As the people were getting ready to stone Stephen, he recounts to them the history of Israel. He finishes with telling them that they are just like their ancestors, resisting God’s Holy Spirit.

Many people will claim to have a belief in God and are willing to follow Jesus. They have prayed the sinner’s prayer and made a proclamation to believe in Jesus. This is a good thing to do, but it is only the beginning of walking with God as a believer.

Once Jesus left the earth, He sent His Holy Spirit to teach, empower, lead and guide each believer in how to really live for God. Over the many centuries this has not changed. The Holy Spirit still guides people, however, many reject His leading.

Many believers are in church today who continue to walk purposefully in sinful ways. It is common to hear a person say that is just who he is and cannot change. They are rejecting the leading of the Holy Spirit to live a righteous and holy life before God and man. They are choosing to continue to live with sin just as the Israelites did in the wilderness.

Every believer needs to heed the leading and teaching of the Holy Spirit to live as God desires them to live.

As you follow Jesus, are you being led by His Holy Spirit? God wants to show you the best way to live your lives. He is there to guide you on how to turn away from sin and live in obedience and love towards God.

Instead of rejecting or ignoring God’s Holy Spirit’s guidance, accept it and be willing to change. Do not resist the Holy Spirit as the Israelites did and were killed by God.

Hear what God is telling you to do and then do it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s Holy Spirit speaking to you; that you will obey God’s directions; that you will live the holy life that the Holy Spirit is directing you in; and that you will not resist God’s leading.

Matthew 19:11 Acceptance Is Not Universal

Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given.” Matthew 19:11

Every time a leader speaks, there will be many things being said. Out of those words there will be things that people will accept and things people will reject. Some people will accept everything, while others will reject parts of what was said.

The amount accepted comes from determining how much a person knows and trusts the speaker, and how much information the person already knows. Often things are rejected because of past experience or lack of understanding.

Jesus had just told the Pharisees that God was against all divorce. They had a problem with that. Jesus then told them that not everyone can accept that word.

God’s ways are always far above the ways of sinful, selfish man. He sets the perfect standard for every person to live by. When people hear the standards that God has set, many reject them. In the eyes of the world, and many believers, it is difficult to accept.

In the eyes of God, every believer is expected to live a perfect, holy life as God has set. The bible is very clear as to how a person must live his life for God in this fallen world. However, many believers have taken on the mindset of this world and rejected parts of God’s word.

There is a remnant of believers who will accept of all of God’s word, regardless of how difficult it may be. They have the understanding that God is in control and knows what is best for them. These few- will not cherry-pick what they like or don’t like, but will accept it all. All of God’s commands are for every believer, not just some of His commands.

You may see some of God’s commands as tough to understand or to follow. Rather than toss them out, seek God’s Holy Spirit to understand them and the strength to obey them.

God’s love for you is perfect and so He will only ask you to do what is best for you. Instead of rejecting His word, embrace it and live it. Find out how it is the best way to live, regardless of how difficult it may be. God’s word brings life, not death, as does the ways of this world.

Can you accept God’s word to you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you know God’s word to you; that you will accept and live by God’s word and standards; and that God will give you strength to obey all of His commands.

Hosea 9:17 Don’t Get Rejected

 

Narrow path among treesMy God will reject them because they have not obeyed him; they will be wanderers among the nations. Hosea 9:17 

In the marketplace, where there is a fruit stand, some fruit will get rejected when it is not up to standard. If it is deformed or begun to be rotten it will be cast out as not worth selling.

The workplace works in the same manner. If a worker is not working up to standard or is not following the rules he will be rejected and fired.

Hosea tells Ephraim that God will reject them because they did not obey Him. He will scatter them among the nations.

God places a heavy role upon the requirement to obey Him. He is the one in control and has the rightful authority to demand obedience. Throughout scripture God commands every believer to obey His every command. For a person to not obey Him is for him to reject God’s authority.

Jesus took it further with saying that if one loves Him, he must obey Him. Obedience is equated with love. One cannot have one without the other.

Love trusts. When one trusts God, he is trusting that God knows what is best for His life, thus he gives God complete authority over his life. As this is done, he will obey God, because he knows that whatever God asks of him is for his own good.

Many refuse to obey God and want to do their own thing. They are rejecting God’s love and authority in their lives. They are doubting that God knows what is best. In doing so, God will let them go,  but will reject them in the end. Ultimately this ends up with eternal judgment in hell. This is not God’s doing, but man forcing God’s hand by rejecting Him.

You can see how much you really love God by how much you are willing to obey His every command. Do not allow your heart to harden against God in doing your own thing, living your own way.

As a believer, you are trusting Jesus for your salvation. As you are trusting Him for your salvation, trust Him also with your day to day life. Allow God to tell you what to do or say. Obey His every command, knowing that He loves you with perfect love and will only have you do what is best for you.

Don’t put God in a position where He has to reject you because you would not obey.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God’s every command to you; that you will show love to God by your obedience; and that you will not give God a reason to reject you.