2/10/2010 - Stop Being Mulish Psalms 32:8-9
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Stop Being Mulish

SCRIPTURE: Psa. 32:8-9 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. 9 Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”

OBSERVATION: What does it take to change our direction? God promises to show us the best pathway of life, to advise us and watch over us. Will we let Him or will we force Him to force guidance upon us by more painful and demanding methods? We should, first, realize how great His plan is for us; "the best pathway". That, alone, should be great motivation to listen. Further, we need to remember that God will not give up on us. If we refuse the lesson, refuse to go His way, He will allow pressure, difficulties, challenges and problems to train us in the right way. God's Word makes it clear that "He disciplines those He loves". How much better is it to simply listen and respond?

APPLICATION/CONFESSION: I don't want the "bit and bridle" treatment, the discipline of the Lord. I want to listen and be very attentive to God's advice so that I never need to be trained by His demands.

PRAYER: Lord, I can be so stubborn--like a mule. Please forgive me and create a soft heart in me towards You and Your ways. I want to follow You, obey You and be directed by You.

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