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Aug 9 Devotion: Why do People Reject God?

Jer. 6:16- Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

Israel, like so many in our day, chose to ignore the pleadings of God. Only God knows the number of people who week in and week out sit under bible preaching yet wilfully reject the message of God!

Why do People Reject God?

*because of…

  1. Pride!

Prov. 16:18– Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Prov. 8:13– The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

Prov. 16:5– Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

Prov. 21:4– An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

  1. Pleasure in Sin!

Heb. 11:24-25– By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;

25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

  1. they’re Perplexed!  (deceived)

  2. they’re Peevish!  (Rebellious!)

James 4:17– Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

  1. Prosperous!  (comfortable)

Matt. 19:24– And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Rev. 3:16-17– So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

  1. Perverseness!

Rom. 1:29-32– Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

  1. Perdition!

II Cor. 4:3-4– But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

*May we receive the Word of God with gladness and allow the Spirit of God to lead us in the “old paths”. –Pastor Doug Foster


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