The Game is Over Part 3
by John Lowe
(Laurens SC, USA)
This is no time for pretending or playing games. God did not let the Early Church members play games and He will not allow us to do so either. This is serious business; Church is not a social club, it is a work of God. Those that boast of doing good works that they never did are lying to the Holy Spirit. And those who promise good works they never do are committing a sin.
And those who make the good works they do more or better than really they are, come under the guilt of Ananias’s lie. But, be not deceived, God is not mocked. If we think that we can cheat God, we are only fooling ourselves; and we are placing ourselves in the way of God’s judgment. So let’s insist on not playing games in our relationship with God or in our association with other Christians. When we worship, we should worship in the Spirit and in truth.
We are under grace today, so we are not obliged to give a certain amount, but let’s be sure to give whatever God lays on our heart. Let’s never make a vow to God that we don’t intend to keep. Let’s be honest in all our dealings with God and men because nothing can be hidden from God. But if we sin, we should be quick to ask His forgiveness.
Listen, God is not dealing with His Church today the same way He did in the beginning. He wants us to obey Him because we love Him. Listen to the Holy Spirit of God that is inside, and listen to what He is saying in His word, and do it. Do it because you love Him.
Now let’s pray and ask God to keep us from sin and from even the temptation to sin.
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