Daily Devotional by Pam Ford Davis

Stiff Neck

I woke up one morning recently with a stiff neck; it was the worst one I’ve experienced in years. A heating pad relieved most of the pain. Stiff necks are a literal pain in the neck!

We do not need to be stiff-necked people.

“You stiff-necked people with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are always resisting the Holy Spirit; as your ancestors did, so do you (Acts 7:51 HCSB).”

I remember witnessing to a loved one; it was as if she stiffened her neck in rebellion. She was not only resisting my witness but the Holy Spirit too. Praise God; she later gave her life to Christ.

Why do we resist the Holy Spirit?

Stiff necks are healed and adorned with loyalty and faithfulness.

“My son, don’t forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commands;
for they will bring you
many days, a full life, and well-being.
Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you.
Tie them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will find favor and high regard
in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding;
think about Him in all your ways,
and He will guide you on the right path.
Don’t consider yourself to be wise;
fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
This will be healing for your body
and strengthening for your bones (Proverbs 3:1-8 HCSB).”

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