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How Much Is Too Much?

Monday, January 16

“All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers…” (John 10:7)

When Jesus first addressed the Pharisees, He starkly contrasted their attitudes with His. They  had carefully questioned the man born blind and his parents, raising doubts that the man had  really ever been blind.  They were also challenging Jesus’ authority as a prophet or His ability to heal anyone, let  alone on the Sabbath Day! (See John chapter 9). They promoted themselves as the door to God rather than looking for the true Messiah. By  doing so, they were unwilling to relinquish any power over the people’s lives.  Oh, how many times have I been unwilling to give up my own ideas and willful behaviors  even when they took me on a road to nowhere but destruction! In the past it was easy to  follow religious and other leaders who claim to be a door to heaven with their own ideas.

Prayer for the Day: Lord Jesus, protect us from our own best ideas and our wayward following of those  who sound good but omit You. You are the One for us to seek after who truly has an abundant life to give – Amen.

Personal Prayer: “Lord Jesus, You ask – “Who do you say that I am?” Lord, open my mind so I can understand who You are, and who I am in You.”

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