The Big Lie: Promotion of Self

4 Aug


The goal of all true Christians is to get others to turn to god’s word and learn. Also God instructs us in 2 Corinthians 13:5, Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.

God in His word very explicitly lays out the knowledge of who we are in very great detail. God’s Word reveals to us who we are with examples exposing the Israelite leaders for who they were and their twisting of the law into the promotion of self.

Luke 18:10-14 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
[11] The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.  [12] I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.  [13] And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.  [14] I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

We see the actions of these two carried out in everyday life today the pharisee that promotes his own self as the final arbiter of his self worth as being important and the sinner recognizing God is the Truth in his life and a complete surrender to God’s truth. Can’t you hear it, “Lord I go to church at least twice a week, I tithe into the collection plate, I celebrate all holydays.”  Anyone can do all these things and so many more, but it is meaningless without real faith. The pharisee did all these things just as the pharisees today, and they do have a conviction in their hearts but that conviction is in their self worth not in the humility of surrendering to God’s Word. Their conviction was so strong that they killed the Savior defending their conviction.

We are falsely taught today that we can choose whatever commitment we would like, to be a Christian at any level and classify ourselves as a Christian, but God defines a Christian as one who has faith as a little child. God says your commitment as a little child is equivalent to bearing your cross, which means defending your faith to the death. So what God is telling us is that if you don’t have that kind of commitment you can’t be His. It’s really very simple, you believe with all your being and you recognize God and His Word as the only authority in your life.

We pray for the many who by their life promote themselves as the final authority in their lives. We pray that they examine their hearts and truly surrender to God for therein is Life Eternal.

All That Matters Is The Eternal

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