Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 70)
Neck: Stiffened
And the Lord said to Moses, 'I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people!'
Exodus 32:9 (NKJV)
If now I have found grace in Your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray, go among us, even though we are a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance.

Exodus 34:9 (NKJV)
Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer.
Deuteronomy 10:16 (NKJV)
Nevertheless they would not hear, but stiffened their necks, like the necks of their fathers, who did not believe in the Lord their God.

2 Kings 17:14 (NKJV)
Now do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the Lord.
2 Chronicles 30:8 (NKJV)
He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

Proverbs 29:1 (NKJV)
Stiff necks were a significant problem among God's people in their pilgrimage away from Egypt to the Promised Land, away from slavery into freedom. Even though they witnessed great miracles, they forgot God in subsequent hardships. He diagnosed their stubborn condition as stiff necks: a symptom of hardened hearts.

Stiff necks also pained the new church of Christ. 'You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!... They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered Him' (Acts 7:51-52).

Stiff necks still plague the church of Christ today among believers on broad boulevards away from God to worldly promises, away from freedom into slavery. Even though we can see Him in His Word, we can forget Him in hardship or ease. God forecasts our final destination based on neck and shoulder positions.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: A stiff neck is proud and unbending. It prohibits the eyes, head and heart from looking up to their Creator or looking down to people in need. A stiff neck is locked on earthly goals and does not yield to the Lord's guidance.

While you're not confined by bad posture, how can you assist your stiff-necked kin? Your rising captures their attention and may loosen their rigidity, prompting a self-examination.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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