Begin your time with God in prayer:
Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart:
Read Revelation 8-9
The trumpet judgments are directed toward a world that is hostile to God. Their purpose is to lead people unto repentance. Unfortunately, many people with hardened hearts refuse to repent; thus resulting in pain and death.
"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:31-32
Lots of things can cause us to harden our hearts toward God and others. It usually starts when we feel wronged or hurt. If we are not careful, our unhealthy emotions, left to rule in our hearts, will result in a calloused and hardened heart toward God and people.
What negative things can we remove from our lives that will help keep our hearts tender toward God and others (vs.31)? If you have time, look up the meaning of each of those words in a dictionary or online.
What positive things does Paul encourage us to do in verse 32?
Why should we forgive (vs.32)?
Apply God’s Word to your life:
· Evaluate your heart before God. Where is it hardened?
· Evaluate your heart towards people. Whom have you not forgiven?
· Confess where you have hardened your heart and refuse to make things right.
· Humbly ask for forgiveness, let God’s Word rule in your heart and forgive others because God forgave you.
Father, thank you for loving me so much that You sent Your Son die on the cross for me. Forgive me for all the times I have wanted my way, my rights and thrown a temper tantrum when I haven’t gotten my way. I don’t want to have a bitter and hard heart. Make my heart new. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on:
"Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord." Acts 3:19-20
"The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." 2 Peter 3:9
"But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed." Romans 2:5
Posted on Wed, January 20, 2016
by Sam Petitfils