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3 characteristics of a stubborn believer – Raising Zion


What are the characteristics of a stubborn person? Here are three natures we see in those who are stiffnecked or stubborn.

Three natures in stiffnecked or stubborn believer

1. Self-righteousness (Deuteronomy 9:6): They think they are always right. They rebel against God’s word and cannot take spiritual instruction.

“Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.”

Deuteronomy 9:6

2. Uncircumcised heart (Deuteronomy 10:16): He does not set apart himself for God. His heart rejects God’s will (Romans 2:28,29), putting on an outward show, no inward devotion.

“Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.”

Deuteronomy 10:16

“For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”

Romans 2:28-29

3. Resisting the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:51): They do not heed the voice of the Holy Spirit. Nor lead by the Spirit of God. Even though they get pricked in their hearts with God’s word, they disobey it and do their own thing.

“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.”

Acts 7:51

O Lord, forgive us. Let us never go against thee. Create in us a clean heart and renew the right spirit within us. In Christ, we can overcome stiffneckedness.

We are nearly there when Christ shall appear, Submit to Christ, and overcome every fear. Let love prevail as we face each day, Overcoming evil and keeping sin at bay.

Maranatha, Praise God and Amen!

Used with permission from Nehemiah Zion.

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