But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him. Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God
Today’s Morsel: I’m amazed at the number of people who elevate man more than God. In today’s politically correct world, the laws and rules of man are trumping the laws and rules of God because some church leaders love the praise of man more than the praise of God. When the church aligns itself with worldly ways to please man, it is no longer a church, but an institution. Jesus said, “But if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” (Matthew 5:13). When the praises of men are more important than the praises of God, men are left in sin and cannot see where they are going. When the praises of men are more important than the praises of God, men are left in depression, oppression, and confinement. When the praises of men are more important than the praises of God, families are left without direction, children have no future, marriages won’t last, schools are useless, and nations fall. Don’t let anyone come between you and God. Always desire the praises and acceptance of God before the praise and acceptance of men.
Sing: I worship You, Almighty God, there is none like You. I worship you, Oh Prince of Peace, that is what I long to do, I give You praise, for You are my Righteousness. I worship You Almighty God, there is none like You.
Thought For Today: Don’t ever let anyone come between you and God.