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Greg Laurie Devotional | 16/17 October 2021

Greg Laurie Devotional | 16/17 October 2021

Greg Laurie Devotional | 16/17 October 2021

Greg Laurie Devotional | 16/17 October 2021


Greg Laurie Devotional 16/17th October 2021 2021 Written By Greg Laurie Devotion

TOPIC: One True God

Free to Choose

“Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts” (Hebrews 3:17 NLT).


God brought a series of 10 plagues upon ancient Egypt and the pharaoh, each gaining in intensity as Pharaoh’s heart got harder. And the Bible says multiple times that Pharaoh hardened his heart.

But then we read in Exodus 10:1, “Now the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go into Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine before him” (NLT).

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So which was it? Did Pharaoh harden his heart, or did God harden his heart? Actually, it was both.

We can translate the word harden in this verse to read “strengthen” or “stiffen.” The Lord strengthened Pharaoh’s heart. In other words, Pharaoh made his decision, and then the Lord strengthened him in it. Pharaoh was culpable. He was responsible.

God has given each of us free will, the ability to choose, and God honours the privilege that we have.

Greg Laurie Devotional | 16/17 October 2021

For instance, He said to the Israelites, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19 NKJV). God told them the best choice to make.

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But God will not force us to do His will. Sometimes it seems as though He ought to, but He won’t.

The Bible says, “Today if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” (Hebrews 3:7 NKJV). Every time you hear the gospel, every time you hear God’s offer of forgiveness for you and you reject it and say no to it, your heart gets a little harder.

Greg Laurie Devotional October 2021

If your heart becomes hard, it’s because you’ve chosen to harden it yourself. You harden your heart, and then God will strengthen you in that decision.

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Greg Laurie is the Senior Pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship with campuses in California and Hawaii. He began his pastoral ministry at the age of 19 by leading a Bible study of 30 people. Copyright © 2021 by Harvest Ministries. All rights reserved.


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