Acts 14:11-13.. 11 When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voice… “The gods have become like men and have come down to us.” 13 The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds.
How many times do we credit self, others or natural forces for supernatural miracles of God? For example the Bible clearly states in the Old and New Testaments that God created the universe and everything in it and then sustains it. B Yet, most of the media, academic, so-called elites and even many in the church say that the universe evolved by naturalistic forces.
We take credit for hard work, perseverance or skills for God’s provisions in our lives. We grumble and complain to God for circumstances that are not to our liking instead of being thankful to God in all things? How much time do we spend giving thanks to God instead of complaining? C The ACTS format calls for 25% of prayers to be for thanksgiving.
Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit refers to idolatry as “worshipping or serving the creature rather than the creator” D. “Human beings are worshipers; they will always worship something. Apart from God’s grace, they will choose something in creation over the creator. The typical patterns of false worship include:
• The physical is more important than the spiritual.
• The temporary is more valuable than the eternal.
• Relationship with a person is more satisfying than relationship with God.
• My desires overrule what God says I need.
This shines a spotlight on the heart to help you understand why you do the things you do.” E
“Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” My heart will change when I live empowered by the Holy Spirit and “desire nothing on earth but Jesus” F
Do I ever incorrectly attribute God’s work to self, other people or circumstances? Am I always thankful in all things?
Notes: A- I Corinthians 15:3-4; B- Genesis 1,2; Colossians 1:16-17; & many other scriptures; C- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Philippians 4:4-7; D- Romans 1:25; E- Quote from “How People Change” for order information click here; F- Proverbs 4:23; Psalm 73:25
Henry Luke 12/15/2017
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