Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 28:14 Blessed are those who have a tender conscious, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.

A tender conscious is good for the soul. It is a good thing to be sensitive to sin. We need to know when we mess up that it is not right or okay with God. We need to know that we can’t sin and be right with God.

Stubbornness on the other hand is bad for the soul. A stubborn soul is a defiant soul. When a stubborn soul is confronted by God or others concerning sin, there is a resistance to the accusation. Often the stubborn in heart will deny that they have even sinned. They become set in their ways and refuse to learn new things or change their ways. They get defensive instead of being humble and compliant. They are prone to let pride rule their behavior.

A stubborn heart is heading for certain trouble. God cannot do anything with someone who will not cooperate with Him. Stubbornness prevents the soul from hearing God when He speaks. Most of life’s lessons are learned from the mistakes we make, but the stubborn in heart do not learn much. A stubborn soul is like hardened clay in the potter’s hand. Even the most skilled potter cannot work with dried out hardened clay.

Undealt with sin hardens the soul and makes it stubborn. The longer sin is allowed to dwell in the soul, the harder it becomes to get rid of it and the more damage it does. Keep your soul tender before God and take sin seriously. When it rears its ugly head, deal with it right away. Don’t let pride keep you from keeping your soul tender before God. Keep your soul out of trouble with God and stay on top of things and you will know the blessings of God today and forever.

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About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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