Are you too stiff-necked to be able to listen to instruction and correction?

Do you see where we are at? Do you know what is right and what is wrong? Have you read the instruction manual? Have you heard and received correction?

So what are you doing about it? Are you responding? Are you improving? Are you obeying?

Ever heard someone being called stiff-necked? Do you know what it means? It can be used about a person and a behavior!

haughty – arrogantly superior and disdainful

synonyms: proud · arrogant · vain · conceited · snobbish · superior · self-important · pompous · supercilious · condescending · patronizing · scornful · contemptuous · disdainful · full of oneself · above oneself · stuck-up · snooty · hoity-toity · uppity · uppish · big-headed · high and mighty · la-di-da


stubborn – having or showing dogged determination not to change one’s attitude or position on something, especially in spite of good arguments or reasons to do so

synonyms:obstinate · headstrong · willful · strong-willed · pigheaded · obdurate · difficult · contrary · perverse · recalcitrant · inflexible · iron-willed · uncompromising · unbending · stiff-necked · bloody-minded · balky · pertinacious · refractory · contumacious

What would it take for you to change your mind or your attitude? Do you need to experience something before you will adjust? Can you adjust based on hearing about it or reading about it? Do you really want to learn it all on your own instead of from books or mentors?

Do you want to see what the consequences will be or do you want to respond to instructions? Do you want to feel the the pain or the joy of your decision? Do you want to experience the suffering or the celebration of your decision?

We get to choose daily how we will live! We get to choose daily if we will obey or disobey God’s instruction and direction! We get to choose the our attitude for the day! We get to choose if we will love God or not! We get to choose if we will receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior!

Will face the lies? Will you challenge the liars? Will you confront those who speak untruths even though they say they are truth tellers? What if the newspapers weren’t telling truths? What if the TV news reporters weren’t telling truths? What if there was nobody who was trying to speak truth and trying to keep everyone aligned? It’s been said that media is supposed to be the fourth branch of government. Will the media investigate what the other branches of government so that the people can know what is really going on? Will the media just be publishing content that makes people watch, listen, or read rather than inform? Will the media be paid off to be false prophets and tell people untruths? Where will that get us? What will that do to society? How will people be impacted? Who will be safe? informed? prepared? When will the truth be revealed? Why won’t somebody confront, step up and stand up for what is right and what is true?

Is there a passion for what is right in your heart? Is there a passion burning in your bones for what is right? Will you be someone who shares the truths of God with the world around you? Will you do what is right even when it’s not popular? Will you do what is good even when it is opposed? Will you live and try to make a difference in the world around you?

If not you, then who? Put your trust in God rather than man! Allow yourself to walk with the joy of the Lord being your strength! Find your help in the Lord! Let your eyes be opened to the truth by turning to God and allowing Him to open your eyes and reveal the truth to you!

Will you tell them the truth even if it is unpopular? Will you tell the truth even if it is bad news? Will you tell the truth because it is right? Will you tell them the truth in an attempt to save them from eternal disaster? Will you speak hope in the midst of the circumstances? Will you speak truth to encourage others in the midst of the threats and issues? Will you speak truth so that others may be saved? Will you allow God to help you find favor with those in authority over you?

So today you get to choose! Will you be a true or a false messenger? Will you be a true or false advocate? Will you be a true or a false supporter? Will you be a true or a false disciple? Will you be a true or a false evangelist? What is most important to you? TRUTH? LIES? FICTION?

Are you jealous? Are you afraid? Are you skilled? Are you special? Are you an emissary? Are you humble? Are you burdening others? Will you boast about Jesus? Will you do what is right even when being challenged or tormented or attacked?

Today’s reading comes from Jeremiah 1920, Psalms 146, Acts 27, and 2 Corinthians 11


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