It was pride that kept these Jewish religious leaders from believing in Jesus as their Messiah and eventually led to their murdering Him. The most important thing is that spending time with God should be in your routine! John 5:44: “How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?” As I said, the word can refers to inability. Without it, you’ll be tossed around by every wind of doctrine (Eph. From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. You cannot serve both God and Money. It will show you His majesty and His great power. Jesus hits these Jews because they did not love God. The rock that provided water in the wilderness and the manna for food were pictures of Christ (1 Cor. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. At first glance, Psalm 121:7 offers tremendous assurance. Or, the parents were overly strict and tried to force the child into believing. Inside these religious men were full of self-indulgence. It’s because people will follow false teachers who tell them what they want to hear but avoid telling them who God really is. I am certainly blessed from this post. The Lord will keep us from all harm! God equips those He calls. I think that we can boil down Jesus’ indictment of their unbelief to one root cause: the pride of outward religiosity: The pride of outward religiosity as opposed to seeking inward reality with God will keep you from believing in Christ. That He inspires you more and more to be able to write more eye-opening posts. Especially the part about ourselves. We are in a time and season where God is speaking to us through prophetic words, dreams and visions. This write up is soul lifting, I’m delighted to come across the posting. I want it to bless people, I want it to look good, I want it…I…I..I…but all that I should really be worrying about is that I am doing it as God wants me to, if I do that, He’ll take care of the rest. It will humble you as you realize His amazing grace. The point of the Bible is to reveal the beauty of Christ to your soul. So Many Questions. But, the ultimate point of Bible study should be to reveal more and more of who Christ is and what He has done for you. As the Light, He exposed their sins. Why did they eventually murder the Savior whom the Father had sent? For example, many Muslims reject Christ because they have misconceptions about who He is and what He claimed. I then realize the time and hurry and rush to get things done. The enemy of our soul wants to keep us doubting ourselves and doubting God. He knew that they were studying the Scriptures to increase their own glory, not to grow in love for God. ?…Well, to your relief, I don’t mean your pastor exactly (at least I hope not). Third, is your study of the Bible leading you to greater humility or to greater pride? 3:24). When He says, “You do not have the love of God in yourselves,” He means that they did not love God.  Work, work, work.  25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Same subject - the power of God keeps us; protects us. 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[b]? So we focus on appearances. He knows if we do not take seriously the fear factor of our heavenly Father, then we are exposed to sin’s influence. Far too often do we just squeeze God in when we have down time (I am extremely guilty of this). Here are the 10 most common ways that we block ourselves from knowing what God’s will is for our calling and any other guidance he wants to give. Maybe you think that hearing God’s voice or sensing his leading makes you some kind of religious fanatic. God’s Advocate Works for Us and With Us: We, too, are urged to stay close to God through prayer. Sin also keeps us from hearing God’s voice. Rather than masking your insecurities or fears with an overcommitted life, deal with your insecurities in the name and power of Jesus. God bless you…. In a dating relationship, don’t compromise your morals. This was a great blessing. Thank you Colton, Why? You know those things I’m talking about; they can be anything from a job, car, or movie, to fantasy football, Xbox Live, a magazine, or even church. Great insight, 10:4): “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” But because they focused on their outward performance of only certain aspects of the law rather than on the essence of the law, which was to love God from the heart, they missed Jesus. 10:3-4; John 6:31-35). He asks them rhetorically (5:44), “How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Evangelistic Sermons [Banner of Truth], pp. 3. Taste it! The fear of God repels sin and keeps it at bay. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? What makes people avoid learning about Jesus? The Law of Moses, in which these Jews professed to believe, should have convicted them of their sins and caused them to long for the Savior who would be pierced through for their transgressions and crushed for their iniquities (Isa. You are right, it is not the pastors responsibility to feed them all they need, to remain spiritually healthy, people want pastors to feed, intercede, be available whenever they need them as they go on with their lives and only come to church on Sunday, no bible study or mid-week prayer, no building relationship with God, no fasting, and praying, can do me time but no spending time with him, and wonder why they are weak, it not the church, it’s the lacks in their lives. To keep church from becoming a distraction from God, make sure you are pursuing God before pursuing “beliefs” about Him, or church/religion. 1. And when we make God our refuge, we have security in Him. Overcome 10 Common Mistakes (Faith Enrichment)Description: This 2-page handout covers the 10 most common mistakes we make that keep us from knowing God’s will: resentment, praying wrongly, idolatry, human reasoning, human desires, disobedience, the opinions of others, taking too little time to listen, doubt, and distrust. How could I repay Him??? The God that delivered the Israelites into freedom many years ago is the same God that sets people free today. The first step to overcoming ourselves is being aware. Good List. If we have any unconfessed sin in our lives, it is a huge hindrance to hearing the voice of God, because God does not abide sin. James 4;10. They memorized large portions (sometimes all) of the Hebrew Bible. Paul makes the connection between the love of God and the display of his glory in Ephesians 2:4–7. matt. I felt like if I did the right things and acted the right way, I would please God. But God doesn’t want to reject us. Examine how you use the Bible: Is it to impress others or is it causing you to grow in humility and in love for God? I felt like giving up but I can’t becuse God has done so much for me!  Church, or religion. I admit I lack self-discipline and doing things when I want to and how I want to have never worked in the past it’s time to just give it all to God. Also, Jesus never played to the crowds by being the kind of Messiah that He knew they wanted. And I believe the lord will give me the grace to seek his kingdom first in Jesus name amen. Bottom line: as long as we hate that part of ourselves that is so easily led to choosing self over God, we will have a desperate time accepting that God truly does see us as anything but unworthy and unloveable. We always need to be flexible! We are, by nature, sinful, and if we live by our nature, we will not get close to God. It transfers our faith from God to self. Church is really the body of believers. Perhaps their parents professed to be Christians and yet were abusive and didn’t live out the faith at home. i`m bookmarking your site! And their kids can smell the hypocrisy. In Deuteronomy 13:3, God told Israel that He permitted false teachers to test their love for Him. A lot of people can’t hear God because they’re afraid to hear God speak. There are many reasons. I’m not suggesting that we hang our dirty laundry out for all to see, but I am saying that we need reality with God and the humility to be genuine about our failures and shortcomings. To attack the Old Testament is to attack Jesus, because it all points to Him.). 5:23-24). This is opposite of what church is supposed to be. Pride Keeps People From Believing In God The sin of pride keeps people from believing in God. They wanted a political Messiah who could deliver them from Rome and provide peace and prosperity. If you’re depressed, tell God about it and ask Him to restore your joy (Ps. God wants us … Psalms 121:7. 39She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?” Here are four tests: All of these things can keep us from genuine faith in Christ. It is our own disobedience that keeps us from knowing Him and loving Him. These verses bring out some reality checks for us. What I’m referring to is becoming dependent upon your pastor. I personally have often allowed this site to become a distraction from God. But thank God for this inspiring message it reminds to develop a closer relationship to God and to seek Him first. If you’re angry, don’t pretend that you’re not. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this list with the world! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”. Proper study of the Bible will show you more of His grace. Pride keeps you from being open to the possibility that God might want to say something to you. Bitterness. As Paul wrote (Rom. Remember, God calls us to love one another (1 John 3:11), so when we do, it is an act of obedience to God. When used as a substitute for justice and righteousness, worship can actually keep us from being ready for the Day of Yahweh by giving us a false standard of judging our spiritual condition. Well, I think it has to do with what we allow into our lives that can distract us from God. That line from a poem says it all. So many distractions and many wonder why we are not able to get close to the Lord. Why were these religious leaders prone to follow false teachers? John Calvin puts it (Calvin’s Commentaries [Baker], p. 222): “He who in reality presents himself before God as his Judge, must, of necessity, fall down humbled and dismayed, and finding nothing in himself on which he can place reliance.” All our hope must be in Christ, not in our religious performance. They were not seeking His glory and living to please Him. And I’m not just referring to a job, I mean everything from a job, to leading worship, a bible study, or anything! It corrects me and feel guilty about it because iam into it. Is there any validity to this? This is exactly what I needed to hear today. The fear of God extinguishes sin’s combustible character. The confidence He grants us makes us far more effective for the long term. So there we have it. Sin causes us to ignore God and rebel against Him. Not all of these things are “bad” in their nature…in fact, a lot aren’t, but they become a problem when we allow them to distract us from looking at, and to God. That’s not how God wants it to be though. Without the fear of God, we are set up for serious sin problems. Our love for God, adds Moore, opens our eyes to see Him at work. Are you not much more valuable than they? So thankful for your existence , sending love and light your way 🙏❤ you are an angel 🙂, May God bless you, This is probably one of the biggest distractions for me personally right now….I mean, just the other night, I realized I haven’t spent that much time praying this week…but instead of going and praying, I said to myself I’ll do it later because the Lakers are playing and Lost comes on in an hour. I was touched after gone through these prophetic messages, it teaches me a lot I do not know before. Most of us, myself included, grew up with an understanding of sin being a list of do’s and don’ts. 2. It will reveal His great love in sending His own Son to die for your sins. Well, I think it has to do with what we allow into our lives that can distract us from God. Also, we can play video games or sports, etc. with people to develop relationships. And highly recommend to church members and Ministers. But rather than accept that superficial allegiance, Jesus withdrew to the mountain by Himself alone (John 6:15). We are "kept by the power of God," but this is not an automatic process where we are passive. Thank you for writing it.  24“No one can serve two masters. He’s the same God that allows us freedom to walk in forgiveness, to let go of control, and sets captives free. Then He wants to offer us a new life with a great ministry. 1. To summarize, we are given gifts and personality and talents and we hold them inside a glass measuring cup. Jesus confronts their pride here when He adds (5:41-42), “I do not receive glory from men; but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves.” The transition between verse 40 and verse 41 is puzzling unless you see that Jesus is contrasting His humility with their pride. If he goes along with popular cultural trends, you can fall into pride that your church is “with it.” But the question is, is your church faithfully representing the name (the authority and the character) of the Father? Appreciate your sermon. I’m sure you knew this one would be here. But no matter what we do, there will be a constant battle within ourselves between spirit and flesh (Romans 7:15-21). He just tells us to confess our sins so we can be cleansed and healed, even if we ask God to forgive us 144 times, for the exact same thing! We’re concerned about what others may think of us and we forget that the most important thing is what God thinks of us. 2. Wow thank you so much ! But don’t forget about God in the process. 1. It is not our pastors responsibility to feed us all we need to be spiritually healthy…it is our responsibility. Why?! They were devoted to their religion. When you’re reading the Bible, make sure you read all of it, not just the parts you like! I don’t quote William Barclay without a disclaimer, since he was heretical on some major issues. Previous post: Graciously Uncertain | Part 2: Faith–Not Emotion, Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Luke 4:1-13 First Sunday in Lent ~ February 25, 2007 Resting and vacation – they are supposed to go together, right? 6:14). 2 Peter 1:5. That if we show our weaknesses and struggles, we’ll become outcasts…and since so many people parade around in this stained glass masquerade, if one person does reveal their weaknesses, they’re so easily looked down upon. So in a nut shell, if we trust God, He will take care of us. I have tried so hard throughout my life to stay focused on Him. Enjoy the view! I would have to say the relationship with the most danger of becoming a distraction from our walk with God would be that of a boy-friend, girl-friend, or spouse. Money might be the blood flow of the world, but it is not the blood flow of those who are in Jesus…faith is. We all need it to live in this world, but we must not be owned by it if we are to be not of this world. The main purpose for the prophetic and hearing God can be found in this Bible verse: ”I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better .” If you take pride in your Christian performance, rather than glorying in Christ Jesus and putting no confidence in the flesh (Phil. Why?! If you’ve lied, go to the one you lied to and ask forgiveness. Love your brothers and sisters, be open to people, and DO NOT CONDEMN others when they fail!! Go before God and deal with it before it conquers you (Gen. 4:5-7). Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 2013, All Rights Reserved. God job and blessing to you.  Desiring a blessing from God, more than desiring God Himself. Why would anyone not want to have his or her sins forgiven and to have eternal life as a free gift so that they do not come into judgment? 23:25), “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! And when I say media, I’m referring to the Internet, TV, movies, music, video games, newspapers, magazines…all of it (broad, I know…but hey, I’m only making a list of 10 things to here, so I can be a bit broad, right?). Note Jesus’ words, “I know you.” He could rightly judge their inner thoughts and motives. What is sin? We are duped into believing that we don’t hear God’s voice.  Hobbies. 119:160)? But when we compare ourselves with Jesus Christ, we are humbled to the dust, and then faith is born, for there is nothing left to do but trust to the mercy of God. We want others to think that we’re better than we know ourselves to be. Later John (12:42-43) mentions that some of these Jewish leaders “believed,” but their faith was not genuine for reasons similar to the problem that Jesus uncovers here: “Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.”. Others reject Christ because they have been wounded by professing Christians or by the church. What Keeps Us From Knowing God’s Will? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But the pride of using the Bible to impress others will keep you from faith in Christ. 4:3-4), “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.” We see the same thing today: Focus on the positive, never confront sin, and you’ll have a large congregation. When we think about vacation we think about resting from our daily grind, getting away from our busy life and recharging ourselves. Our pastor is a, or should be, great leader, but he/she should only be that…nothing more. If you want to use one of our videos or scripts to a ticketed event or if you are being paid for the performance of our script, please … Pride makes us think that we know what’s best for us so that we rebel against God and His ways. In the busyness of life, however, we sometimes fail to see God. It is a constant struggle to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, and to not become distracted by the passing concerns and things of this world. I love hobbies! We are disobedient to what He tells us. Thanks!! As we saw last time, God’s promise in Genesis 3:15 that the seed of the woman would crush the serpent’s head was about Jesus conquering Satan at the cross. In Matthew 23:5-7, Jesus also unmasks these religious hypocrites: “But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. Remember that! Thanks be to God for speaking these to our lives. The pride that is innate in all of us lures us into religious hypocrisy. Are we being hypocrites if we restrict sharing our problems to certain trusted friends or mentors and not to everyone? First, are you studying the Scriptures at all? Three Things That Keep Us from Hearing God. Why/why not? What do I look like to him?” So long as we judge ourselves by human comparisons there is plenty of room for self-satisfaction, and that kills faith, for faith is born of the sense of need. It is our relationships that are our connection with the world, and it is our human nature to have them, but when we allow any one of these relationships threaten to become more important to us than God…well, they become a distraction. What keeps us from resting in God? 13:5), “Test yourself to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! If you only read the parts about God’s love, but skip the parts about His holiness, His judgment, or His sovereignty, you’ll fall into error. Don’t put on false spirituality to try to impress others. 39-51) points out how Jesus saved many unlikely and notorious sinners, but these guys were hard cases! Of course we hear it. I’m a blue collar worker and these are things I run into all the time again people so in the football and tattoos and you can even throw concerts in there too. It can stem from making God what you want Him to be rather than submitting to Him as He is. Thank you for the list. It starts with you! That sounds wonderful. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition © The Lockman Foundation, Related Topics: Faith, Soteriology (Salvation), Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. Q. Thank you for this article. These relationships in their nature, demand the most time, and that is why it is extremely important that they are centered around God. It is so easy to get caught up in the media. 4. A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). If you’ve yelled at your kids or hit them in anger, humble yourself, ask their forgiveness, and ask God for self-control. Keep in mind that Jesus is here addressing a group of Israel’s religious leaders. I have a huge rang of them; from playing guitar, and singing, to video games, sports, andnumerous others. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”   -Luke 10:38-42. Isn’t it hard to keep focused on God? Join me in this amazing journey to live the wide-open spacious life and leave the rest behind. He didn’t use the Scriptures to flatter His hearers or to make them think that God was pleased with them if He was not. It will cause you to love Him more and more. The dangerous thing about them is that they can consume a lot of our time. 4:14). He knew their hearts. Why is it important to read and reread the whole Bible and not just your favorite parts (see Ps. I’m sure you all could have guessed this one would be on this list. In Jude’s song of praise, “the only wise God our Saviour” (Jude 1:25, KJV) is credited with doing two things for us: He is able to keep us from falling (literally, He keeps us unfallen), and He is able to present us faultless “before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (verse 24, KJV). We are supposed to help each other, hold each other accountable, pray for each other, and love one another! Thus, the pride of outward religiosity as opposed to inward reality with God will keep you from faith in Jesus. Ironically, these Jews claimed to believe in Moses and they studied Moses extensively, but they missed what Moses was writing about! Remember, its “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33), its not “first seek all these other things”. Believe it or not, these can be HUGE interference in our walk with God. Jesus didn’t need to rebuke these Jews for not studying the Scriptures, but rather because they studied them wrongly. God knows we’re going to mess up sometimes, but he didn’t leave us hanging. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me.  22“The eye is the lamp of the body.  Our Pastors! They copied it with extreme care, for which we can be thankful. He argued with the Jewish leaders that if Jesus were not from God, He could not do such a miracle. They do not labor or spin. Maybe they’ve just had a major blow-up at home on Sunday morning, but they put on their happy faces as they drive into the church parking lot. Each day has enough trouble of its own. And so happened to … They try to dominate others through their scholarship. What was their problem? When you buy a script or video from us you can show it at any event you like, as long as you're not charging admission to your event. He could have ridden that wave of popularity, but He refused. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. Jesus says that Moses wrote about Him (see John 1:45; Luke 24:27, 44). Sometimes it's all up to us. I don’t know your heart, but God does. Studying the Bible rightly will lead to more humility and graciousness, not to pride. That is why we need to constantly allow God to search our hearts, and purify it (Psalm 139:23-24). Everywhere we turn, some sort of media is right in our face. Money. I do know that the sin of pride resides in us all and it often seeks to contaminate the spiritual life. Jesus says that Moses wrote about Him (see John 1:45; Luke 24:27, 44). The last one on the list of distractions, and possibly the most likely to distract us. But if you start thinking that you’re better than other Christians because you know theology and you delight in proving that you’re right and others are wrong, look out! In other words, God’s love labors to display God to us, because seeing and savoring and praising God is the apex of our wholeness, and the heart of our mental health. Also, somewhere along the way, at so many churches, people have gotten the idea that we need to pretend to be perfect at church. But if we are aware of what can, and does, interfere with our walks with God, we can begin to take the necessary actions to prevent them. That doesn’t mean we should quit our jobs, or not earn money…we just need to realize that God is more important, and is far more capable of taking care of us than we are. What prevents a believer from accepting His unconditional love? And comparison only keeps us from fulfilling God's purpose. A lot of people fall into the habit of only giving God Sunday morning. This would be like only eating once a week! A list of 10 common things that can distract us from God. Almost every commercial on TV, and every advertisement on the Internet is trying to convince us that we are missing something, and they are the ones that can fill the need. Our young girls and women are bombard by the media with how they should look, feel, and act…movies, music, TV shows…they all are horrible influences on us because they can subliminally tell us how to live, whats right and wrong, etc. And video games…ah, video games….give me the right one on the right week, and I won’t spend a free second with God (sad….but true). Happy New Year: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives. Things clutter up our lives. Psalm 91 has kept many a person safe during all kinds of danger and war. But He might rebuke many modern Christians because they don’t study the Bible much at all! What keeps us from God’s word? Jeremiah (6:14) confronted the false prophets of his day who healed the brokenness of God’s people superficially, saying “‘Peace, peace,’ but there is no peace.” After telling Timothy to preach the Word, which included reproving, rebuking, and exhorting, Paul warned (2 Tim. The very Law, which was one of their greatest privileges (Rom. I have tried so hard throughout my life to stay focused on Him. It is so easy to get caught up on our duties, but the most important thing is that we do it entirely for the Lord. And to add to that as number 11, and 12  Ourselves. So make sure spending time with God is a part of our routine. Like I said before, the media is so dangerous because it is so easy to get consumed in. Simply leave a comment below. 139). If He had pandered to their tastes, Jesus could have been a popular Messiah. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. If you’ve sinned, confess it to God and ask forgiveness of any that you’ve wronged (Ps. That is why we need to die to ourselves, and live in Christ (Romans 6:11). Every kind of relati0nship falls into this category; friends, parents, siblings, spouses, girl/boy friends, children, co-workers, bosses, etc. What kept them from believing in Christ? This falls in line with routines as well. If someone set a fresh peach pie in front of you and you proceeded to run a chemical analysis on the crust and the peaches, you would be missing the point! This would be like a husband wanting that special  “perk” he gets from wife, without wanting to give any time to other parts of their relationship. 42 & 43). I’m soooooo blessed, it’s so rich, thank you for the teaching. Isn’t it hard to keep focused on God? Life is busy; we have appointments to keep, e-mails to send, meetings to go to, parties to plan, kids to pick up. Our own love relationships. They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men.” He charges (Matt. Second, are you studying the Scriptures to reveal Jesus Christ to your soul? I have heard some argue that studying theology leads to spiritual deadness. It can take the form of using religion to try to impress others outwardly, rather than seeking to please God on the heart level. What!? Now Jesus directly confronts the religious Jews who were opposing Him, who were unwilling to come to Him for eternal life (5:40). For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.” Their religion was an outward show to impress others and to gain recognition. But the point is not: “Am I as good as my neighbor?” The point is: “Am I as good as God? 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