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Missing the Point
Theme of the Week: Down-to-Earth Godliness
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: "These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me." (Isaiah 29:13)

Dig Deeper: Mark 7:1-23

When we deny our humanity and try to become more clean, or more pure, or more sanctified, we end up on the wrong end of that word. The word instead becomes sanctimonious, and it means we hide our true human struggle and become self-righteous, smug, holier-than-thou, pious, pompous, and a few other lovely terms that describe humans trying to appear more godly than people around them.

Many Christians base their personal sanctification on whether they had a devotional time that day, avoided swearing, and went to church. But while they may feel great about their "walk with God," they have not loved their neighbors as much as they love themselves, they haven't cared for or [even considered caring for] the needs of the sick or the poor, and there's been no focus toward unbelievers in their lives.

On the other hand, there are many other people who swear and sometimes don't get their devotional time in but who wake up and spend their entire day doing the very works of God in the world. They throw parties for their friends, they take a few hours and help with practical needs, or they spend time with people whom most of the world would never touch. Which do you think Jesus prefers?

—Hugh Halter in Flesh

My Response: How do I measure my personal sanctification?

Thought to Apply: Hypocrisy can plunge the mind of a man into a dark abyss, when he believes his own self-flattery instead of God's verdict.—John Calvin (French theologian, pastor)

Adapted from Flesh by Hugh Halter. Copyright ©2014 by Hugh Halter. Flesh is published by David C Cook. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, please help me to not try to be holy in my own strength, but instead lean on the power of Christ's death and resurrection.

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Curt Schleicher

June 24, 2014  8:44am

This devotional for the day has forced me to face the cold hard fact that most days while i follow a regimen to be close to the Lord, i'm not really letting Him work through me. My work needs to reflect His Spirit within me. Not responding in a robotic fashion, but allowing myself to emulate through my actions ,the Jesus in me. i pray this day that i can began to say that most days the Lord is reflected in most of the activities i'm involved in. Amen.

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ANTHONY Swaggerty

June 24, 2014  6:02am

TO the point. I love this. The work required in this world is not beautiful, but it is fulfilling. God will bring forth His blessing when doing His work with Him. Beautiful word. Anthony

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