I was just reading some Life Principles, About the Bible, and Life Examples from Charles Stanley's Life Principles Bible, and came across a subject that seemed like a good subject to post about.
The subject is of Pharaoh and his hardened heart. How many times did God give him a chance to do the right thing, and each time Pharaoh said no? The same goes for us. Each time we tell God no when He asks something of us, we are taking chances. Our hearts become a little more hardened each time.
Is this what we want to have happen? Do you often tell God no or ignore His requests? It's a form of rebellious behavior. Think of how you feel when you ask your child, an employee, a friend, or family member to do something and they repeatedly say no. It becomes frustrating.
It's the same with our Heavenly Father. The more we say no, the more we shut Him out. Eventually our hearts can become hardened like Pharaohs which most likely is going to lead to destruction.
It's simple really. All we have to do is follow His commands, listen for His small voice, take His lead, follow Him. Even though we are of the world, surrounded by worldly things, and are of the flesh, we can fight off temptations, we can walk forward, focusing on Jesus, and remain on that right path to eternal life.
Are we going to struggle? Of course we will. Life isn't suppose to be simple. He makes it a struggle sometimes to wake us up, to teach us, to draw us nearer to Him, and to make us Christ like. It's not an easy road, but we can do it. The simple part is knowing the instructions.
And remember, we gather our most strength when we are on our knees!