Father God we pray that you will give us the persistence to get closer to you. Also open our eyes and ears so that we may see and hear you. Father God we pray for anyone who is going through hard times let them know that you are there and it's all part of your plan.
In Jesus name we pray, amen
God I will listen to Holy Spirit. He knows the right think to do!
“Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given —and you will receive even more. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.””
Mark 4:24-25 NLT
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Bible Reading: 1 Timothy 4:1-5
Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from what we believe; they will follow lying spirits and teachings that come from demons. Those teachers are hypocrites and liars. They pretend to be religious, but their consciences are dead. 1 Timothy 4:1-2
A FEW YEARS ago in a suburban home in Cincinnati, Ohio, five boys played a game. Each took a turn with a handgun one of the boys had taken from a locked gun cabinet. Each spun the cylinder, placed the gun to his head, and pulled the trigger. They thought the gun was unloaded. They thought they were playing a harmless game. What the boys didn’t realize was that the gun wasn’t empty.
Within minutes, a fourteen-year-old boy lay fatally wounded as his friends frantically called 911 in an effort to save his life. Their efforts failed.
While most of us would never consider participating in a game of Russian roulette, there are some who play a form of spiritual roulette. Each time they make a bad decision, it’s another spin of the cylinder. Each time they choose wrong over right, it’s another pull of the trigger.
Too often we rationalize our behavior by telling ourselves, “If I do this just once, it won’t hurt me.” The second time we say, “Well, it didn’t hurt the first time, so it must be OK to do it again.” And so the sin repeats itself-over and over and over-until the sin we thought was harmless turns destructive, and our consciences die.
It is possible for a person’s conscience to die. When you continually dismiss those stabs of regret, when you push aside the feeling that you’re making the wrong choices, when you disobey God over and over again, your conscience begins to harden until finally it just shrivels up and dies.
God has given you a precious warning system-like a smoke alarm or an air raid siren-that’s designed to protect you and help you make right choices. It’s your conscience. Take good care of it.
REFLECT: What is “spiritual roulette”? Have you ever played it with your conscience? What were the consequences? Perhaps there is a sin in your life that you keep committing over and over that has desensitized you or made you feel distant from God. How can you take care of your conscience and keep it sharp and useful?
PRAY: “God, help me not to play ‘spiritual roulette’ with my conscience. Keep me alert to the voice of my conscience. Make me sensitive to sin. And help me repent when I disobey you.”
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