Bible Devotions

Why Resistant to God?

We are all resistant to God at some point in our lives.  The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.   To sin is to rebel against God.  Even unintentional sin, is resistance to God.  Today, let us examine several reasons why we may be resistant.  As you read, ask yourself if these scenarios are present in your life.

 Too Prideful

Proverbs 29:23NKJV “A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.” Pride takes on many forms. It can be selfishness, thinking your better than someone else, false humility, know-it-all attitude, self-sufficiency and on it goes.  Pride hinders us from hearing and receiving God’s truth about our self.  If you have a hard time taking a criticism, offering forgiveness, or saying “I’m sorry” you might be prideful.

 Too Critical

Being critical or judgmental of others can also lead to an inability to receive God’s love.  This is also tied very closely with pride.  Are you measuring others by some impossible standard?  If you were to measure yourself by the same standard would you pass or fail?  What right do you have to judge someone?  Are you God?  Look at what Jesus said in John 8:15 NKJV “You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.” Only God can judge rightly because He knows a person’s heart.

 

Too Wounded

Have you been hurt by someone you love?  Having a hard time trusting again?  Do you feel like you have to protect your self from getting hurt again?  We’ve all be wounded.  Let’s face it, we’ve all wounded others.  We’re not perfect.  The Bible tells us in John 16:33 we will continue to have trails and sorrow but we are not to worry because Jesus has overcome the world.  If we allow our wounded-ness keep us from God’s healing grace we are our own worst enemy. 

 

Too Fearful

God’s love casts out fear.  Anyone still fearful is someone who’s not been perfected by God’s marvelous love yet (1 John 4:18).  Does fear have you parallelized?  Are you afraid of discovering the depth of your sin?  Are you fearful of knowing God because you think He’ll send you off to some foreign country to minister?  The Bible is full of “Do not fear” and “Do not be afraid” statements God makes towards man.  God is good.  There is no darkness within Him (1 John 1:5).  His intentions are for our best interest (Jeremiah 29:11).  We can trust He will take care of us. 

 Key Take-Aways

God loves you and doesn’t want anyone to perish.  (John 10:28)

God is not out to get you, but rather to draw you closer to Him. (Matthew 11:28-30)

God wants you to live an abundant live now and live with Him for all eternity. (Isaiah 55:1, John 10:10)

 

What do you think?  Did you discover any areas in your life needing God’s restorative touch?  Call on Him.  Ask Him to come and heal the broken places in your heart.  Ask Him to cut away the pride and criticalness in your attitude.  Ask Him to fill you with His love to cast out all fear.  He is faithful and will answer prayers aligned with His will.  Those seeking Him will find Him.  Taste and see the Lord is good. 

 Lord God Almighty, you alone can make a difference in our life.  Thank you for sending Jesus to take away our sin and open the door to you.  Enlighten us to the things hindering our relationship with you.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  

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Liberty in Christ

And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.  John 8:32 NKJV 

Believing in God

Living a life of liberty in Christ is possible by believing God.  The Bible tells us there is no darkness in Him, He can not lie, and His plans are to prosper us rather than to harm us (1 John 1:5, Jeremiah 29:11).  God is good and we can count on that.

 

Understanding the Truth

The Bible is the Word of God written through men as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Bible tells us it is good for doctrine, teaching, rebuking and correcting a man in righteousness that he might be lacking nothing (2 Timothy 3:16).   God gave each believer the gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell in us for the purpose of guiding us into all truth (Romans 5:5, John 16:7-14). 

 

Agreeing with God

A sinner is anyone who chooses his/her own way over God’s way. The Bible teaches we are all sinners who fall short of His glory (Romans 3:23).  As we read God’s Word it becomes obvious how we miss His glorious standard for us.  When we become aware of our sinfulness, we are expected to confess our sins and seek His forgiveness.  The Bible tells us He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

 

Accepting the Gift

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23). While on earth, Jesus Christ was God in human form.  He was the perfect, sinless example of how we are to during our life time.  He came to pay the price of our sin and make it possible for us to live for eternity.  In John 14:6 NKJV Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Anyone who believes in their heart and confesses with their mouth Jesus is Lord will be saved (Romans 10:9).

 

Renewing Your Mind

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).  Only God’s truth can renew your mind.  The Bible teaches us to think on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, are of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy – meditate on these things (Philippians 4:8).  Reading and meditating on God’s Word is crucial for renewing your mind.

 

Denying the Lies

As God’s Word infiltrates our minds and hearts, the lies we have believed start becoming visible.  We can recognize the lies easier by comparing them to the Word of God.  The Bible teaches us the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).  We are responsible for our thoughts.  If our thoughts are filled with lies, we need to capture them, make them obedient to Christ.  God’s Holy Spirit in us gives us the very power we need to make God’s Word dwell in our minds rather than lies.

 

Practicing the Truth

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1).  The old life of sin is gone and the new life of the Spirit has come.  If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).  Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).  When you do walk in the Spirit the following fruit will be evident in your life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

 

Living in Victory

If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law (Galatians 5:18).  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin:  He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:2-4).  Christ has freed us from the power of sin, if we will accept His work, and allow His Spirit to renew our minds with God’s Word, we will live obediently and abundantly in truth. 

 

 Lord, thank you for your Word and Spirit.  Enable us to turn to you for forgiveness of sins. Teach us to walk by the Spirit that we may live in the liberty of Jesus Christ.  In His precious name, Amen.  

 

 

 

 

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Contrary to the Flesh

He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ Mark 7:6-7 NKJV 

Read Mark 7:1-21.  Some Pharisees had come to see Jesus and in the process they noticed how the disciples didn’t wash their hands in the ceremonial way the Pharisees were accustomed to.  They were fault-finders, a people quick to point out all that didn’t fit with their way.  It makes me wonder whether they really wanted to know more about Jesus.     

This section of scripture clearly outlines what matters most – the condition of the heart.  I love how Jesus heads straight for the issue, rather justifying or defending the disciples.  That’s a lesson we could all use.  So many times when others point out flaws in us, our pride is hurt and we want to retaliate.   Not, Jesus.  No, He points right back to the people pointing out the flaw.  Remember, when you point at some else’s sin, there’s three fingers pointing back at you.  

Jesus went on to explain we do not defile our self by not washing our hands.  There is no defilement which occurs by putting something into our mouth, but rather defilement occurs when our own evil from within comes out.  Mark 7:21-23For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.  All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”  

Why do we so eagerly point out another’s sin?  Why don’t we search our self with the same vigor?  It is our flesh – our sinful nature.  The Bible teaches us the flesh wars against the spiritual causing us to not do what is right (Galatians 5:17).  Jesus’ teachings and the Holy Spirit’s leading in our life is always contrary to the flesh’s desire.   

But we can have victory.  Look at what Romans 8:5 says “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”  As God is Spirit, we worship in Spirit, therefore, setting our mind on the things of Spirit is honoring and well pleasing to God.   

Lord God thank you for your revealing Word.  Thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit in us to guide us in our decisions and enabling us to be well pleasing to you by setting our minds on the things of the Spirit.  May we honor you not only with our lips but with our whole heart. In Jesus’ name Amen.  

 

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Humble Yourselves In The Sight Of The Lord, And He Will Lift You Up

Read James 4

Fights, wars, murder, coveting, and seeking pleasures are all signs of someone who is an enemy of God. These outward expressions reveal the adultery within. The heart is far from God, puffed up with pride.

Pride makes us do things against God. We speak evil of others, judging them as though we ourselves were god. We boast of all we plan to do. Yet this boasting is foolishness and arrogant.  Being preoccupied with all we plan to do, causes us to miss what God wants to do in and through us.

Humility protects us from pride, self-will, and arrogance.  James exhorts believers to submit to God by doing two things: (1) Draw near to God and He will draw near to you (2) Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

So when these ungodly behaviors appear in our life, stop. Confess our sins and turn our hearts back to God.

Thank you God, for being willing to hear our prayers to forgive us one more time when we confess our sins. Thank you for your faithfulness to cleanse us from all unrighteousness and purify us as though we never sinned.  Thank you, Jesus, for taking our punishment for us.  Thank you for your Holy Spirit who helps us live a pleasing life to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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Liberty in Christ

And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.  John 8:32 NKJV

Believing in God

Living a life of liberty in Christ is possible by believing God.  The Bible tells us there is no darkness in Him, He can not lie, and His plans are to prosper us rather than to harm us (1 John 1:5, Jeremiah 29:11).  God is good and we can count on that.

Understanding the Truth

The Bible is the Word of God written through men as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Bible tells us it is good for doctrine, teaching, rebuking and correcting a man in righteousness that he might be lacking nothing (2 Timothy 3:16).   God gave each believer the gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell in us for the purpose of guiding us into all truth (Romans 5:5, John 16:7-14).

Agreeing with God

A sinner is anyone who chooses his/her own way over God’s way. The Bible teaches we are all sinners who fall short of His glory (Romans 3:23).  As we read God’s Word it becomes obvious how we miss His glorious standard for us.  When we become aware of our sinfulness, we are expected to confess our sins and seek His forgiveness.  The Bible tells us He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Accepting the Gift

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23). While on earth, Jesus Christ was God in human form.  He was the perfect, sinless example of how we are to during our life time.  He came to pay the price of our sin and make it possible for us to live for eternity.  In John 14:6 NKJV Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Anyone who believes in their heart and confesses with their mouth Jesus is Lord will be saved (Romans 10:9).

Renewing Your Mind

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).  Only God’s truth can renew your mind.  The Bible teaches us to think on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, are of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy – meditate on these things (Philippians 4:8).  Reading and meditating on God’s Word is crucial for renewing your mind.

Denying the Lies

As God’s Word infiltrates our minds and hearts, the lies we have believed start becoming visible.  We can recognize the lies easier by comparing them to the Word of God.  The Bible teaches us the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).  We are responsible for our thoughts.  If our thoughts are filled with lies, we need to capture them, make them obedient to Christ.  God’s Holy Spirit in us gives us the very power we need to make God’s Word dwell in our minds rather than lies.

Practicing the Truth

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1).  The old life of sin is gone and the new life of the Spirit has come.  If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).  Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).  When you do walk in the Spirit the following fruit will be evident in your life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

Living in Victory

If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law (Galatians 5:18).  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin:  He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:2-4).  Christ has freed us from the power of sin, if we will accept His work, and allow His Spirit to renew our minds with God’s Word, we will live obediently and abundantly in truth.

Lord, thank you for your Word and Spirit.  Enable us to turn to you for forgiveness of sins. Teach us to walk by the Spirit that we may live in the liberty of Jesus Christ.  In His precious name, Amen.

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Where’s the fruit?

But the fruit of the spirit is love,  joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23 HSCB 

This is a wonderful first be used as a mere in my life.  For example, when I review this verse I looked to see how many of these traits I can see in my life.  If I notice I’m lacking joy or peace, I might consider where my thoughts have been focused.  Perhaps I’ve stopped focusing on God and started focusing on how a particular thing in my life isn’t going according to my plan.  Then it’s time to confess and come back to God.  He graciously fills me back up again with his spirit.   

The more we yield ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit the more these traits will be evident in our lives.  If we aren’t seeing them in our life, we might consider our thoughts and examine our motives.  It might be an indicator we are walking according to our flesh rather than according to the spirit.  Romans 8:5 says “for those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit, the things of the spirit.”  Jesus says in John 6:63 “… the flesh profits nothing.  The words that I speak are spirit, and they are life.” So model yourself after the word of God for we know that it leads to life.  Where have you set your mind today?

Lord, thank you for your word and your Holy Spirit to lead us in your truth.  Enable us to yield to you that the fruit of the Spirit may be evident in our lives today.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  

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Doing Our Part

 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Acts 13:2 NKJV  

Obedience to the Lord

Did you happen to notice the first part of this verse?  It was “as they ministered” which means they did stuff for the Lord.  The point is action.  There must be a “doing” to our obedience to the Lord.  James 1:22 says we must be “doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving ourselves.”    Even Jesus was obedient to the Father.  John 6:38 says “For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”   So laying aside our will and choosing to follow God’s will demonstrate our obedience to Him.  But did you know this is not something we can do on our own?

 

Receiving the Holy Spirit

Jesus taught us everything of our sinful nature is worthless in John 6:63: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”  Where does the Holy Spirit come from?  He is sent to us from Christ Himself (John 16:7).  John 15:26 says “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.”  How do we receive the Holy Spirit? Ephesians 1:13-14 says “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” In other words, once you believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior, the Holy Spirit is given to you as a guarantee that you are saved. 

 Understanding God’s gift

First Corinthians 2:13-14 says “These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”  The Holy Spirit is our teacher, guiding us in all truth.  Without Him we wouldn’t understand spiritual things.  He opens our eyes and makes us realize the sin in our life, so we can fully embrace the grace given to us.  Romans 8:16 says “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Romans 5:5 says “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 8:2 says “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” First Corinthians 2:12 says “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”  All this a great news, for now we know we are able to understand the glorious riches stored up for us in Christ Jesus. 

 

Empowering our Witness

Knowing all the depth of God’s love isn’t just for our benefit.  No, it’s more about sealing our understanding and compelling us to share His glorious plan with others.  One of the things I love about God is how He equips those He calls.  Let’s review some verses about that.  Acts 1:8 says “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  See He’s giving us the power to be His witness.  Romans 8:26-27 says “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”  Even when we don’t know how to pray, He helps us through His Spirit interceding for us.   How does this empowering happen?  Romans 12:1-2 give us a clue.  It says “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  By offering our lives as living sacrifices, allowing God’s Word to change the way we think, we prove God’s will is perfect, acceptable and good.   Romans 8:5 says “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” As we learn to walk by the Spirit rather than by our natural self, we become God’s witness to the world. 

 

What do you think?  Are you ready to do what God has already shown you?  Do you understand His precious gift better?  Is the Holy Spirit compelling you to share His message with others?

 

If you answer no to any of these questions, ask God to help you see things from His perspective.  Continue reading God’s Word and the truth will be revealed as His Spirit teaches you. 

 Lord thank you for your word and your Holy Spirit.  Lead us on the pathways of life and enable us to witness to the world through an obedient life in Christ.  In Jesus’ precious name Amen.  © Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.  For more devotions, bible studies and a recommended book store, visit http://www.ThinkOnItDevotions.com today.

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