DEVOTIONS AND SERMONS

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Patience And Perseverance
 

Jesus said, “For judgement I have come into this world so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind”. John 9:39

As Disciples, we can become spiritually blind and so we need to watch for it. We can be doing the things we need to do like praying and attending all Church meeting and giving contribution and still not see God working in our lives.

1. Seeing God in day to day lives.

As you do your day to day chores, do you see God around you and working in people’s lives?

Psalm 8:1-3
1 For the director of music. According to gittith. A psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,


Psalm 139:13-14
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.


Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

God’s glory is truly seen when we see the works of his fingers all around on this Earth. It’s amazing to see a newborn baby on this earth-truly a creation of God. Every good thing that happens to us and around us is from God.

Q: What are some ways you are seeing God in your life today?

Q: Are you looking for ways in which God makes himself evident?

2. Compromise hardens your heart and makes you blind.

Hebrews 3:8,12-13
8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert,

12 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.
13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.


Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

Proverbs 13:12
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

Like Cancer spreads through the body, sin creeps into our lives and spreads through the heart.

Heart is such a deceitful thing that it easily gives into compromise. When there is no sign of hope, the heart becomes sick and unyielding.

Q: In what area has your heart become hardened today?

Are you compromising on all the thoughts and feelings running around in your heart without being open?

3. Sin needs to be dealt quickly and completely.

Proverbs 28:13
He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

Ecclesiastes 8:11
When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong.

Complete and embarrassingly open hearts and only help us in seeing our sin. It is the first step to change. The sin needs to be quickly addressed and needs to be setup for us to change. If this does not happen, heart gets messed up totally.

Today, are you willing to be embarrassingly open about your sin? We cannot help others unless we are able to see our sin.