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Problem With Resistance
May 19, 2016

www.dictionary.com defines “callous” as an adjective that means “made hard, hardened, thickened, insensitive; indifferent; unsympathetic.”  Callouses are formed when parts of the skin are exposed to pressure and friction, causing the skin to die and form a hard, protective surface, making skin more durable.  Callouses are not so good if you are a brain surgeon but awesome if you are a guitar player or carpenter.  Emotional callouses are often self-protective measure to avoid further or deeper pain. Spiritual callouses come from resisting and/or disobeying God. 

 In Romans 9 Paul expresses anguish over the fact that his ancestors had become calloused to God speaking to them.  They had become hardened to hearing God’s voice and responding in obedience.  They were not hopeless “for everyone who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)  But the problem was they had become insensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit.

 If today you are aware of God speaking to you, whether through you conscience, the Bible, a parent or a friend, do not resist Him.  Continuous friction causes callouses on your skin but also on your heart.  Respond in obedience and follow Him.  Where are you sensing God speaking to you?  How have you been responding?  What is He asking you to do?

pj

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