January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017


Focus Verse: “But when Pharaoh saw that relief had come, he became stubborn. He refused to listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had predicted.”

Genesis 8:15

I call this the “Exam Principle”. Similar to Bernoulli’s and Newton’s Laws, it is very thoroughly studied and has been proven time and time again by science. The “Exam Principle” states that religious students will make all sorts of promises to God on the evening prior to an exam that they should have been studying months in advance for, then, after passing said exam, will forget every promise that was made and go on their merry way.

Ok, I haven’t studied this at all, but if you’ve been in college or high school and were as bad at procrastinating as I was, then you know what I’m talking about. Exam season seems to bring this “principle” out more than any other, but how often do we do this kind of stuff to God during other points in our lives?

Believe it or not, this concept right here is the biggest enemy to walking in the Spirit that there is. Sure, there are attacks from the enemy, but he doesn’t stand a chance against our Savior. We can be struck down and have questions on why God is allowing different hard times to come against us, but if we are being really honest with ourselves, we pray more through those times than any other times in our lives.

But it’s when relief comes that our walk with the Spirit is most in danger. When we are out of the desert place and back in our sweet spot. We’re comfortable, we can take care of it, we know what we’re doing. The problem is, we forget our dependence on God for everything. We ask God to go sit on the park bench and watch us, because we’re really good at singing, or playing the guitar, or preaching, or teaching, or welding, or playing chess…you get the idea.

Spiritually speaking, we must get to the point where we realize that nothing we can do is good enough for God UNLESS God is doing it through us.

I recently heard someone preach that the Holy Spirit is our greatest tool for a successful life with God. It’s completely wrong though! The Holy Spirit isn’t our tool to wield! Heaven help us if that’s the case!

WE are the Holy Spirit’s tool. It is by God’s grace and mercy that He chooses to use US. When we reverse this we get into the same problems that Paul ran into in the Corinthian church, the reason he had to address these problems in 1 Corinthians 12-14.

So the question for today: Are you as close to God in the good times as you are in the bad? Or do you just call on Him when you can’t do it on your own? Let’s not use God as our crutch. Let’s not turn Him into our tool to be used when we need a little extra. Let’s turn to Him for everything…even the things we think we’re good at.

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