GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF SIN
John 12:42-43 Many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.
New Life Christian Fellowship
PERCEPTION // What I see/hear God saying/doing:
The text says they had faith, but fear and love of praise of men was greater. Father, I know You are talking to me. I sense something symbiotic in the relationship of fear and praise. What I praise has much to do with whom I praise and as with these Pharisees, whom I fear has much to do with whose praise I seek.
PLAN // What I am going to do about it:
Considering there is a warning here, I want to respond wisely. I plan to take this and each time You expose my fear of people’s opinions, I will say to myself, “Jesus increase my faith, I want to love You more.”
PRAYER // Seal the deal:
Father, keep drawing my heart Your way – in ways that increase my faith in You and decrease my desire for the praise of others. Thank You.