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You have to stop to start

Updated on September 12, 2012

Stop it to start it.

If we want an enriching life with Jesus we need to stop fighting Him and start obeying Him. Is there something in your life you need to stop doing like holding onto a grudge or being too materialistic. When Jesus confronts us with this do we give all kinds of reasons why we hang onto an anchor that is dragging us under a sea of darkness? When we let go of them and grab on to Jesus those things will be washed from us and we will begin to live a life so richly blessed by Jesus. Not in a materialistic view but rather a supremely more valuable riches, that of the relationship with Jesus. When confronted with the truth, which of these do you use to defend yourself slander, argument or sarcasm? With the Pharisee’s when Jesus informed them He was God they used slander: The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?” John 8:48. Samaritans in Jesus’ day were believed to be the lowest of the low. To accuse Jesus of being demon possessed was to call Him crazy. That was slanderous.

Who do you think you are?” John 8:52 That was sarcasm, they thought Jesus was just an ignorant hick and they were superior to Him.

How many times have you belittled anyone when you run out of arguments and cannot defend your wrongs?

How many times do you use sarcasm when you cannot defend your position? You have run out of all other means to justify your wrong and use sarcasm to divert your guilt? What do you know, I am older than you, I am more educated than you, I come from the city and you are a hick. I am _____ , you are___ (fill in the blank). How many times do we use sarcasm instead of facing the truth?

All throughout chapter eight they were arguing with Jesus but refusing to listen to what He was saying.

At this, they picked up stones to stone him. John 8: 59

All throughout chapter eight they were arguing with Jesus but refusing to listen to what He was saying.

Your words are like stones but instead of hurting the body they hurt the spirit. How many times have you picked up stones to hurl at others when confronted with a wrong you have done instead of reconcile? How many relationships have been destroyed because of it?

Why not drop the stones and pick up Gods word and listen to and obey it? Why not drop your defensive stones and open your heart and mind to what is being said?

Prayer: Please Jesus, help me to stop fighting You and start trusting and obeying You. Help break my pride and independence. Help me to break free from ____ (fill in the blank). Help me to be humble before You and to be dependant of Your guidance, love and healing in my life. I ask this Your loving name. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.


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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Hi teaches.

      For me it is not so much fighting against Him as it is doubting this is really His will. He is so very patient with me.

      Hi Blossom.

      Yes, surrendering self to Christ is very hard at times. Even when we mature in Him we still have our moments. Thankfully He knows the hearts of those willing to serve Him and is patient and persistant with us.

      God bless you.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      An interesting hub. We don't always listen to what Jesus has to say to us, or if we do, like the Pharisees, who were well-practised in polemics, we want to object and argue, but Jesus knows the right way we should go and if we have any sense we will listen.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Once again, an inspirational devotional for me. I guess we do fight against Christ at times. Thanks for the words of wisdom.