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What Hurts the Heart of Jesus? Day 7

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Scripture: Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.

Devotional: One of the most dangerous ways we can be indifferent or apathetic is when it comes to our sin. We can too easily rationalize sin, and live without truly fearing God. In our culture, we rename sin to make it something not as bad, It's not adultery, it's an affair. It's not pornography, it's adult entertainment. We give it a better name and tell ourselves, I'm not that bad. I'm not as bad as everybody else.

The problem with that is it’s a lie.  Sin is sin.  And all sin grieves the heart of God.  And if you let it go unconfessed and refuse to repent, it drives a wedge between you and God.

Reflect:

  • What sin have you refused to acknowledge in your life?
  • Would you confess that before God now?

What Hurts the Heart of Jesus? Day 6

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Scripture: 1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone lovethe worldlove for the Father is not in them.

Devotional: We learned in Monday’s devotional that “the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things,” (Mark 4:19) can come and choke out God’s Word and His work in our lives. 

Today’s passage gets a little more specific:  If you love the world or anything in the world, the Father’s love is not in you.  When that gets choked out, it gets completely pushed out of your life and you lose your connection with God.  And all sorts of bad stuff will ensue. 

You cannot be a true follower of Jesus Christ and continue to pursue the world and its pleasures.  The two do not coexist. One will cancel out the other.  As Matthew 6:24 says, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

God wants you.  All of you.  And He doesn’t settle for less.

Reflect:

  • Have you been trying to both love God and love the world and its pleasures? If so, how’s that working for you?

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