Daily Archives: November 20, 2007

Don’t argue with a Pharisee

I have been sitting here looking through some dictionaries, and reference books, and searching for my self what is it that becomes unsettling in the very soul of me when non-believers mock my God. But it doesn’t stop there..something goes on deeper in my very being. I have felt the Lord move on my heart. “Do not argue with them”, seems that the disciples also wanted to prove their point and the end result their faith was shaken to the point of being ineffective in the very things that they knew to be truth. (Mark 9) This was huge to me today! What exactly were the Scribes and Pharisees if we had to compare them to people of today? These are some of the things I found while looking through a few dictionaries and commentaries.Pharisees- outside of being religious, they were the interpreters of the Law(not the same as a teacher of the Word) They were also makers of the laws, and forced their thinking on others. Due to the amount of education, and the lofty language they used people followed them and tried to please them.Just work with me here…can you see that some times we have the best intentions to reach out or show our Jesus to someone, and we end up losing our zeal for our King. Yea sometimes we call it debate, and sometimes it is argueing..the end result..time lost that could have been spent with the only One whose thoughts really matter. We really have to remember that we can not change someones thinking, and we can not save them…we are to hold out the Gospel to them, and ultimately they have a choice. God is the only one who can bring their heart to Him self. Argueing and debating my God and my love for Jesus only takes my focus off of my King, and causes my faith to shake..at that time I am not thinking of things that are pure or excellent or praiseworthy. If I am not focused in this area, I will fail to see the beauty around me, and the many many miracles that are happening…all the while “kicking that dead horse that is not going to get up” “O unbelieving generation, ….how long shall I put up with you” Mark 9: 19 

My King, these battles are yours. You have called me to spread the fragrance of knowing you. If I stay centered on ones who do not want you, and allow them to control my time and thinking, then I have not done what you called me to do. I ask your forgiveness for not spending as much time with you as I could have. You truly are all that matters, and your love can not flow from me if I am not allowing your love to fill me. No compromise with You. You are first and last, and everything is by your hand, crawling up with you tonight, and very happy to not fight with a Pharisee, or any other educated person who is so smart that they have missed You. (doesn’t sound very smart to me), But thank you for your mercy in bringing my heart to you. Your princess who knows that You are all I need.

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