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Leaving God Out 2

Mark 8:17-18: Jesus... saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? Perceive ye not yet, neither understand? Have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? And having ears, hear ye not?

Read also Mark 8:24-26.

Devotional material is taken from Today With The King, written by Robert A. Cook. Copyright © 2017. All rights reserved. Used with written permission.

In today*s passage, we have a number of needs outlined for us, all but one of which our Lord Jesus met: the demon in the life, the impediment of speech, the unsatisfied hunger, the hardness of heart, and the blindness of eyes. Our Lord Jesus cast out the demon; he loosed the mute tongue; He fed the multitude; and He opened the eyes of the blind man. There is just one need that wasn*t met: hardness of heart. This is now the second time in a very short space of study that we*ve heard about hardened hearts. Indeed, the matter comes up again and again. Herod*s heart was hardened; so were the disciples*. Our Lord Jesus looked round about with anger on the crowd that surrounded Him one day, being grieved, it said, for the hardness of their hearts. There is no cure for the life that keeps God out. One more thought before we leave this message: Our Lord Jesus--in dealing with this man who had been blind--touched him and made him look up. And he was restored and saw every man clearly. What a beautiful picture of what God can do in giving you the proper perspective on other people.

Small thought here. Our Lord Jesus can meet every need of the life except hardheartedness. Why? Because a hardened heart keeps God out. When God*s touch is on your life, you can see people as God sees them. You can bless them as God wants to bless them. You can reach them as Christ wants to reach them.

Romans 5:5: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Ephesians 3:14: For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

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