Monday, August 22, 2011

Cheating God

 James 4:4-10 ( Message Bible)
4-6You're cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way. And do you suppose God doesn't care? The proverb has it that "he's a fiercely jealous lover." And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you'll find. It's common knowledge that "God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble."
 7-10So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he'll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it's the only way you'll get on your feet. 

Much of the world is about their own way and made up direction. They have denied the living God and moved in the opposite direction of Him. They think He will not bring justice or that He has left us to waddle in our sin.  The truth is that our God is alive today and He cares about the direction of His creation. Many Christians try to live their lives with one foot planted in the world and the other in God's. This can not be!!! We are cheating God. We are cheating his destiny for us and we are cheating His will for our lives. Why do we think we know more than He does? Why do we think we can run our lives better than He can?

God goes against those who are willfully proud.( Those who think they are above God and His ways.) He gives grace to the humble. He shows his unmerited favor on those who stay humble and recognizes His will for their lives.

How can we not cheat the Lord God who loves us so?

1. Let God work His will for you.
2. Yell at the Devil and get him out of your life.
3. Quit Dabbling in Sin.
4. Purify your inner life.
5. Quit playing the field. ( Don't put one foot in the world and one foot in the world of Christ. Totally surrender to the Lord.)
6. Be humble and cry out to the Lord.
7. Get Serious with the Living God

May we not cheat God any longer but press forward to His purpose and will for our lives.

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