(2 Chronicles 33:1-25, Romans 1:18-32, Romans 13:12, 1 Samuel 15:18-24)
For the next few minutes, we are trusting the Holy Spirit to open our understanding to His purpose in this week’s Point of Focus. The Lord is bringing to light before us, some categories of people that have erred in their hearts, such that, they knowingly and unrepentantly take a stand against God’s word. While they do this, they think they are justified for doing so.
People that Err in their Heart
1) These are the people that defiantly disobey God. They have the option to seek to know Jesus and His way but decide to take a stand against Him. They have thought about the supposed worst scenario of God’s judgment and considered themselves able to stand it. They choose to defiantly disobey God because His way is against their free will. They do this because they cannot accept that following Christ means forsaking all. They think that since His will is always against their opinions they have the right to oppose it.
2) These categories are filled with those who think that “if God’s way is not reasonable to me, I will not follow it. They do not seek humbly that “Lord, is this really Your will?”, “Is there something You are saying that I cannot hear?”, “Lord, are the eyes of my heart still open and able to see what You want me to see?” Instead they follow science, philosophy and logic in order to understand and reason with God’s way before they can follow it. So, they disobey Christ’s will because it seems out of order to them. We should not forget that the Bible says (Romans 1:17b KJV) For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
3) These categories are filled with those who think that Godliness is anachronistic – not appropriate for the current time or period. They do these because they see Christ’s will as an old and worn out standard. They will follow if and only if it is “overhauled” and refined. They are not conscious of God as the Creator of time and season who cannot be anachronistic. We should know that God does everything at the right time. Likewise, His instructions are timely and accurate. Hence, all His instructions should be seen from this hallowed perspective.
4) These categories are those who will rather follow the crowd than been the only one following God’s will. They have thought over and over and concluded that been against the crowd means losing in many ways. They choose the path of denying Christ so as to please the crowd just as king Saul did against the Amalekites (1 Samuel 15:18-24).
Do we see ourselves in any of these categories? Then we must seek Christ’s help for our restoration. If who we see in these categories is someone else, then let us intercede for them.
May the grace of the Lord be upon us all, in Jesus name.
1) Lord, open my understanding to know You beyond the crowd, science, philosophy, and logic, in Jesus name.
2) Lord, take away my heart of stone and replace it with the heart of flesh, in Jesus name.
3) Pride comes before defiant disobedience to God, Holy Spirit help me to humble myself, before You humble me, in Jesus name
4) Father, may I not be a child of perdition, save me from the grip of hell, in Jesus name.
5) Lord, forgive me for all ways I have erred before You and give me the power to sin no more, in Jesus name.