Devotions By Jan


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Scripture for Today: Hebrews 3:13 “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”

Jawbreaker candy is every mother’s nightmare for her children!  This hard candy is much too difficult to bite so the only way to eat it is to suck it down to size.  Making this candy is a lengthy process of continually adding liquid sugar to a rotating pan over a flame.  These additions are made over fourteen to nineteen days.  Depending on the size desired, some jawbreakers require more than one hundred additions of that liquid sugar.  Being that this candy becomes so hardened, chewing it might just break the jaw or at the very least a tooth!

Today’s verse cautions that people can be hardened.  Over time, the deceitfulness of sin hardens a heart so that it no longer responds to conviction.  One starts with just a little compromise.  After a time, rationalizing one’s behavior seems to get easier and easier.  Before long, there is a shell of hard protection that keeps one comfortable and no longer pestered by conscience.  It can be a slow process that eventually can lead to unbelief and rebellion.

Sin is so sneaky and deceitful, promising everything but delivering nothing but heartache.  I need the encouragement of others so as not to believe the easy-to-accept lies.  I will always need the example of other believers and the accountability to mature Christians around me.  The prayers of my brothers and sisters in Christ are all needed to keep my heart soft, humble and listening to the Holy Spirit’s convicting voice.  I do not want to hold on to what displeases Him and become hardened.

Lord, keep my heart soft and responsive to You today.



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