Exodus 9:12 (NIV) But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said to Moses. 13 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning, confront Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me, 14 or this time I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth.
Be careful you are not rejecting the Lord in your life.
I have found that many people will reject Christ without even knowing what the Lord says.
They will reject the Bible without reading it, even saying the Bible is full of contradictions.
But when asked what so-called contradictions in the Bible they have a problem with, they can never fully identify them.
That is because they haven’t read the Bible. They refuse to believe the truth, and instead, they believe whatever allows them to continue in their rejection of God.
For example, Pharaoh hardened his heart, even when a miracle after miracle was performed by the hand of God through Moses and Aaron.
But then we read, “The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh” (Exodus 9:12).
Isn’t that a contradiction? No, it is a progression. Initially, Pharaoh did harden his heart. He hardened it again and again. And then God hardened, or strengthened it.
It’s time to embrace the outpouring of the Holy Spirit for our lives.
God has given us free will. The Lord will not force us to believe something we don’t want to believe.
The Lord will not come to us and seek to convince us of the truth of the Scripture or our purpose in His plan. The Holy Spirit will work on our hearts on a regular basis.
But we have the ability to resist the Holy Spirit. I am learning daily to embrace God in the ways the Lord connects with me.
If the Bible calls the Holy Spirit our Guide and Teacher in this life, then this means the Lord will attempt to communicate to all of us from time to time.
Otherwise, we will never be able to pick up from God exactly what He is trying to teach us or tell us to do (Romans 8:14).
Believe it or not, my friends, you are way more powerful in creating what you want than you could even possibly believe.
In fact, the Lord has wired us in such a way, but we have to execute choices that are in alignment with His will for our lives.
Where there is depression, there is usually rejection, the need for love, acceptance, and self-worth is one of the strongest needs of our nature.
The absence of God leaves our lives void of what we were created to have and to do. We are created to be loved by God and to glorify God all the days of our lives (Colossians 1:15-20).
Point to Ponder
If you harden your heart again and again towards the Lord, there will come a day when God will strengthen you in your own resolve.
In other words, God will leave you to your own desires and that includes rejecting the Lord. Just a word of caution today “Your rejection of God” can lead to your destruction!
Quote “A man’s worst difficulties begin when he is able to do just what he likes” Thomas Huxley
- Do you reject God in your daily living?
- Do you realize that we can reject God in our attitudes and preferences?
- Do you know the difference between your will and God’s will?
- Can you see the value of today’s message by reading the passage?
- What’s your understanding of the Holy Spirit?
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