Wednesday, May 25, 2016

THE DELUSION OF WRONG WORSHIP 2

 
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Acts 7:42
Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?[KJV]

In the text above, Stephen narrated the experience of the children of Israel who left Egypt. That scripture said '... God turned, and gave them up to worship (wrongly)...' That is, for forty years a people thought they were making sacrifices to God in worship, but in reality they were not. Is this not scary? We find the root cause of their delusion in verse 39 of Acts 7; '... and in their hearts (they) turned back again into Egypt'.

The foundation of worship is the heart. No matter how outwardly you behave towards God, once the heart is faulty the worship is wrong (Psa 11:3). It is like a car whose engine is in reverse. It does not matter if the driver faces his front or how much he accelerates, the car is doomed to go backward. The Scriptures did not warn us in vain to guard our hearts diligently. Our life and eternity depends on it (Prov 4:23).

So one condition of the heart that leads to delusion in worship is a heart that has 'turned back into Egypt'. (Acts 7:39). Jesus said in Luke 9:62 'No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God'. He also reminded us of Lot's wife who looked back. (Luke 17:32). A believer who looks at the world as if he or she is missing some 'fun', has turned back in his heart and is headed for delusion.

Once again, check your heart today.

Prayer: Help me Lord. Fix my heart on pilgrimage. Let me fix my mind on the things above where You are. In Jesus' name. Amen.
- Pas Adeolu Olumodeji

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