As we seek to follow God?s will for our lives, it is important that we be able to understand enough of His will to put it into action. This will require surrendering any belief that we can know what we should do apart from the grace of God. We need all the help we can get in discerning God?s will so let us pray that our minds will be enlightened by God?s truth and our hearts will be disposed to accept and live these truths. The journey from our minds to our hearts may be only a short distance, but it can contain enormous obstacles if we allow the sin of pride or arrogance of heart to take root there. Lord, keep us always humble in your service.
15 Therefore, I, too, hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and of your love for all the holy ones, 16 do not cease giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him. 18 May the eyes of [your] hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe, in accord with the exercise of his great might, 20 which he worked in Christ, raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens, 21 far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion, and every name that is named not only in this age but also in the one to come.22 And he put all things beneath his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.
P S A L M
Psalm 8:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
R: You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
1  O LORD, our Lord, how glorious is your name over all the earth! You have exalted your majesty above the heavens. 2  Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings you have fashioned praise because of your foes. (R) 3  When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you set in place ? 4  what is man that you should be mindful of him, or the son of man that you should care for him? (R) 5  You have made him little less than the angels, and crowned him with glory and honor. 6  You have given him rule over the works of your hands, putting all things under his feet. (R)
G O S P E L
To blaspheme against the Holy Spirit must be a terrible sin indeed if it is going to warrant eternal damnation. We know that God is a merciful God so this sin against the Holy Spirit must somehow involve renouncing His mercy as an option for our lives. That is, to sin against the Holy Spirit is to deny that we need salvation. It is the choice to be totally self-sufficient in terms of our salvation or even to say that we have no need for salvation in the first place. If this is truly the state of a person?s heart it is simple to see how they have chosen to exclude God from their life in a definitive manner. Indeed, their salvation is in serious jeopardy! Let us pray that we never even contemplate taking that road in life.
8 I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. 9 But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God. 10 ?Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 11 When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. 12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.?
think: The journey from our minds to our hearts may be only a short distance, but it can contain enormous obstacles if we allow the sin of pride or arrogance of heart to take root there.
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