Daily Reflections

Don’t Be a Pharisee

September 11, 2020 Dámaris Carbaugh

“‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.’” —Mark 7:6

God’s written Word will show you who He is. It will show you what He has done and what His will is for you. His Word contains everything we need to know Him and how He wants us to live. But as we read God’s Word, it will only come to life in us by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Pharisees were aware of what the written Law said, yet they rejected the Son of God. It’s important to remind ourselves that we are prone to become just like the Pharisees. If our devotional life becomes a dry, routine, going-through-the-motions kind of exercise, then we’re being just like the Pharisees who honored God with their lips, but their hearts were far from Him.

We cannot know Christ unless the Spirit illuminates the Living Word—which is Jesus Christ—to us. The Spirit is the Helper who will tell us what He has heard from the Father and from the Son. The Spirit will help us to seek Him!

Make it Personal

As you read God’s Word today, ask Him to make it come to life in you, so that you can truly know Him.