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Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 31:1-32:27 ESV, Luke 12:8-34 ESV, Psalm 78:32-55 ESV, Proverbs 12:21-23 ESV

Daily Verse: “And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” (Luke 12:10 ESV

BLASPHEMEO (987): “This word means to use speech to bring down another’s value, honor, due-respect; to injure another’s reputation in the eyes of others.  Blaspheme, as a verb, means “to blaspheme, rail a rot revile.” Of those who speak contemptuously of God or of sacred things.”[i]

Bring down another’s value.

Blaspheming God means devaluing Him.  If you don’t believe God exists, you give Him no value.  In ways, we all value some parts of God and not others.

“You only do the parts of the Bible you believe.” Rick Warren

Whenever we choose to do the opposite of what we know God wants, we devalue Him.  When my brother caught me smoking, and I lied to him, I didn’t do what God wanted.  However, when I called and confessed the truth later, I did. My brother didn’t care whether I smoked or not, but he did care about my character, and so did God.

God forgives.

People will blaspheme the Holy Spirit, choosing to reject God.  But for those of us who place our trust in Jesus, nothing can separate us from God’s love.  Like my brother forgave me for lying, God forgives you when you’ve devalued Him.

Jesus came in the flesh so we could relate to Him.  God understands our sinful nature because He created us.  Instead of following our desires, Jesus shows us a different way, the path to victory.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 ESV)

Jesus gives us the gift of peace.  Through Him, life eternal begins.  Placing faith in Jesus means acknowledging something exists beyond the world we live in today.  Believing in the spiritual world challenges the logical mind, becoming faith in the unseen.

Explore the possibility God exists put His word into practice in your life.  Love Him and others; see how your world changes.

[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 55) Thomas Nelson

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