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February 24 Hazard of a Hard Heart

Scripture Reading: Exodus 10

Key Verse: Exodus 8:19

The magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the Lord had said.

He had attended church since he was a small child. As an adult, he took careful notes on every sermon. When the pastor talked about specific sins, he recognized some of the problems in his own heart and said to himself, “That’s me. I need to deal with these things.” But like many, by the time he returned from church, he had forgotten about his plans to ask God to change his life.

The man has a hard heart. “How is that possible?” you may ask. “He’s hearing what God says.” When you hear God’s Word and refuse to put it into practice, your heart is hardened against His truth. Eventually, if you continue to ignore His leading, He lets you follow your own slippery course.

God allowed Pharaoh to tell Moses no again and again. Pharaoh knew what he was supposed to do—release God’s chosen people, the Israelites, from slavery and oppression. Because Pharaoh persisted in his disobedience, he learned painful lessons he could have avoided.

Ask God to sensitize your heart and make you aware of any tough spots of resistance. He will soften your spirit, renew your understanding, and set you on a course of true submission.

Precious Lord, sensitize my heart. Make me aware of any hard spots of resistance. Soften my spirit, renew my understanding, and set me on a course of true submission.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 57). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Why the NAR cult must be monitored by secular authorities.

The most concerning aspect of the New Apostolic Reformation is that their self-proclaimed ‘divine mandates’ appears to keep them outside of any local, national, global or biblical governing laws. NAR apologist, the late C. Peter Wagner who once led the movement stated:

“..whereas denominations are legal structures, the NAR is a relational structure. Everyone is related to, or aligned, with an apostle or apostles. This alignment is voluntary. There is no legal tie that binds it.” [Source]

However, Wagner had concluded,

“The question of how apostles are accountable is even more sensitive than the issue of the accountability of new apostolic pastors… To the degree that friendship and trust can develop from this process, there is realistic hope that many apostles will voluntarily and publicly submit themselves to an accountability structure of legitimate apostolic peers. On this one, the jury is still out.” [Source]

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Relax: Jim Bakker has Armageddon covered, with buckets of pizza in the Ozarks — Reformation Charlotte

KC STAR — In a town named Blue Eye near Branson, Mo., disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker continues his comeback, prepping souls for a nuclear apocalypse, one bucket of “Staying Alive” freeze-dried food at a time.

On Monday The Daily Mail published a behind-the-scenes look at Bakker’s ministry, which set up in Missouri 14 years ago. (Bakker himself did not speak to The Daily Mail for the story.)

Bakker’s ministry is getting buzz as of late. In May Buzzfeed published its own lengthy recounting of the Jim Bakker saga, detailing his current ministry in Missouri.

The Daily Mail, a British publication, equated Bakker’s Christian community, called Morningside, with a theme park, complete with a movie-set indoor town square guarded by a 15-foot statue of Jesus.

That’s where Bakker and his wife, Lori, film “The Jim Bakker Show,” a TV ministry with an end-of-days theme that sells “survival buckets.”

A bucket of freeze-dried buttermilk pancakes will set you back $70. (Sorry, it can’t be shipped to Canada.)

“It is astonishing that Bakker – forced out of his last ministry and imprisoned for defrauding his flock of $158 million – has managed to reinvent himself as a doomsday prophet,” the Daily Mail writes.

“Yet the Bible – something he confessed he’d only bothered to fully read during his five-year incarceration – teaches forgiveness. And his followers appear to have forgiven him – not only for his greed but also for the sex scandals that wrecked his holier-than-thou image carefully crafted by Bakker and then wife Tammy Faye via their vast Christian TV empire.”

It’s an alluring comeback story – televangelist brought down by a sex scandal pitches tent in the Ozarks with a younger wife with help from a deep-pocketed Missouri supporter and begins preaching end of the days.


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February 24 Trusting Your Conscience

Scripture reading: John 16:7–15

Key verse: John 16:13

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

At the most fundamental level, your conscience gives you the capacity to distinguish between right and wrong. It is like a personal alarm system that works for your protection. You have probably had this experience: just as you were about to participate in or initiate something questionable, warning bells went off in your mind: Are you sure you should do this? If you went ahead and did it, you surely had a bad feeling in the pit of your stomach that did not go away until you made things right.

By itself, the conscience is a built-in monitor that signals you when a thought or action may violate your personal moral program, whatever that may be. The conscience cannot force you into a certain choice, and it does not necessarily point you to the option that is in line with God’s truth. This is a vital principle to understand in order to avoid misdirection.

Only when you accept Christ as your Savior does the conscience function as God planned. The Holy Spirit dwells within you the moment you place your faith in Jesus, and in His hands the conscience becomes a tool to assist you in making decisions according to God’s Word.

The Holy Spirit correctly interprets the messages your conscience sends. The Spirit then brings appropriate biblical principles to mind and urges you to live in line with their direction.

Father, I choose to trust Your Word rather than my conscience. Help me bring my life into alignment with the truths of Scripture.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 57). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.