30-day Challenge: Day 12

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Day 12: Fault Finders

Read Matthew 12

There are many people in our society who are persistently negative and always find faults of others because that is their pre-occupation. This is typical of the Pharisees in Jesus’ days.

Hostility (1-8). The religious leaders were waiting for an opportunity to attack Jesus, and He deliberately gave it to them. What a tragedy to be burdened by legalism when you could enjoy the true Sabbath rest (11:28-30)! When Jesus is your Lord, all of life becomes a Sabbath and every place is God’s temple, even a grain field.

Hypocrisy (9-14). The Pharisees were concerned about keeping the Sabbath but not about showing love to a man with a handicapping condition. Jesus wants mercy, not sacrifice (v. 7; Hos. 6:6; Mic. 6:6-8). Do you use people or serve them?

Victory (15-32). Jesus is the Stronger Man who has invaded Satan’s house, overcome him, taken his weapons, and is now claiming his spoils (Eph. 1:15-23; Col. 2:15). Put on the armor and join Him in victory (Eph. 6:10ff.).

  1. Neutrality (43-50). Beware an empty life! It is a standing invitation for Satan to go to work. In the spiritual war being waged today, you cannot be neutral. You are either for Him or against Him.

The Unpardonable Sin

The unpardonable sin is committed by people who resist the work of the Spirit and reject His witness concerning Jesus. It is a sin of the heart, not the lips, because what we say comes from the heart (Matt. 12:33-37). When the religious leaders allowed John the Baptist to be arrested and slain, they sinned against God the Father who sent him. When they crucified Christ, they sinned against God the Son. Jesus asked for their forgiveness (Luke 23:34), and God gave them another chance. When they persecuted the apostles and then killed Stephen, they sinned against the Holy Spirit who was working through them (Acts 7:51). That sin against the Spirit brought about the downfall of the nation. God can forgive all sins except the sin of rejecting His Son (John 3:36). God’s children cannot commit an unpardonable sin, for all of their sins were forgiven when they trusted Jesus Christ (John 3:18; Rom. 8:1; Col. 2:13).

Prayer:

  1. Ask God to deliver you from negative, fault finding spirit.
  2. Displace the hold of the strongman in your life.
  3. Declare no weapon fashioned against you shall prosper
  4. Ask the Lord to fill you with the power of His Spirit.

Meditation:

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.- Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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