Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 17, 2012

Fickle Heart

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Hebrews 3:12 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Few Christians ever admit to having a sinful, unbelieving heart or that they every turn away from God. Actually we tend to have fickle hearts. Many only go to church when it is convenient for them. Many only occasionally open the Bible to read, let alone to study. Many are very fickle in their prayer life, only thinking about talking to God when they have a really big problem. We need to guard against inconsistency. Being too tired, too uncomfortable or too inconvenienced is no excuse to not worship, serve and obey God. Consistency takes discipline. Discipline takes effort. Effort takes motivation. When we tend to want to slack in our obedience to God we must think of what God has done and is doing for us. Our tiredness, inconvenience or uncomfortableness doesn’t compare to what Jesus walked through in our place. When we stop to really reflect on the price paid for our forgiveness we find our fickle hearts ebbing and motivation for consistency in commitment gaining. Our question today is do we have a fickle heart today or this week? Let us guard against it. Let us continue to go in the living God’s direction.

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July 15, 2011

The Right Switch

 

Jer 28:13 “Go and tell Hananiah, ‘This is what the LORD says: You have broken a wooden yoke, but in its place you will get a yoke of iron.

 

Hananiah was being disciplined (chastised or corrected) by God with a wooden yoke.  He resisted it and the yoke increased to one of iron.  When I was little and misbehaved I was sent out to find a switch.  If I picked out a thin, wimpy one my mother would go out and get a thicker, firmer one.  I soon learned to find one just firm and thick enough to please her but not as big or firm as she would select.  I learned to bend to her chastening.  We continually resist the chastening of God.  Usually it comes in the form of circumstance and trials.  Our first reaction is to try to get out as fast as we can.  This usually elongates the trial.  Our first reaction should be to find out what it is God wants us to learn.  This takes prayer, meditation, and Bible study to make sure we are following the Word He has given us.  Let us not resist the chastening of the Lord.  Let us learn from it.

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