A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed – without remedy. ~ Proverbs 29:1
The Bible warns us about the deadly dangers of moral apostasy (abandoning or withdrawing from a former union with Christ). One who has known Jesus as their personal Savior ceases to remain in Him and instead becomes enslaved once again to sin and immorality. How does this happen? It usually is a gradual decline in one’s relationship and service to the Lord. The seriousness of God’s Word begins to diminish while the desires for things of the world heighten. We become conditioned and tolerant to sin as the power of the Holy Spirit’s convicting rebuke is ignored and rejected. Wickedness is no longer hated and righteousness is looked at as only for the weak and frail. As this happens, hearts become hardened and that “still small voice” deep inside begins to fade. Each time it is ignored or pushed away, hearts grow harder and harder. Eventually, the Holy Spirit is so grieved that He departs from the former believer; no longer is there any remedy for his soul. But all who genuinely desire to come to God with repentant hearts have not reached the point of unpardonable apostasy. It is God’s will that none would perish, and His mercy and grace are available for all who willfully come to Him.
Dear Heavenly Father: Forgive me for the times I have become stiff-necked and reckless with my life. Reveal to me those things I do that might lead me into a dangerous mode of rejecting your Holy Spirit’s conviction on my soul. Keep my heart soft and pliable and help me to hate wickedness, even more than I do, and love righteousness as You desire. May I be an example of Your mercy and grace to those around me. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Holy Spirit touch my life, and turn me far from sin.
Teach me of Your Holy ways, and keep me pure within.
MALAYSIAN PEANUT BUTTER CHICKEN
6-8 green onions or one small onion
1-2 cloves garlic
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon coriander (optional)
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
2 ½ pounds chicken (dark or light meat, on or off bone)
Put all ingredients, except chicken, in a food processor and pulse until blended. Pour into a bowl and add chicken. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours. Arrange chicken pieces in baking dish and pour sauce over it. Bake at 375 degrees for 45-55 minutes, basting occasionally. Serve with rice or noodles.