Lovingly Warned

Broken Tablets | Devotion 4: Lovingly Warned
Debbie Kerr  

“For they said to me, ‘Make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’” Exodus 32:23

Everything rises and falls on leadership. If we do not have good leadership, we start to flounder and lose focus. All throughout Scripture, we see the example of leadership. Some of the leadership is good, and some are not so good. For the believer in Jesus Christ, our ultimate authority (leader) is the Word of God. Secondly, we are given Pastors (also known as under-shepherds), parents, government, and others. There is always a chain of command, and that chain begins with God. Today’s passage definitely depicts poor leadership.

In Exodus chapter 32, we see poor leadership in action as things start to fall apart because their leader Moses had been away too long. Aaron was second in command, but under his leadership, the people became impatient, self-absorbed, and bored. When we are left to ourselves too long, the temptation can creep in to search for other things or people to satisfy us. We tend to worship them. The people of Israel were no different than we are today. If we are not careful, we can easily fall into the enemy’s lie that we need something more. We may begin to search for a feeling or a sign, or something a little more sensational. We think we have got this; we feel we do not need to go to church and be with the Body of Christ. We try to reason it out and justify worshiping so many other things than the God of the Bible. Often times, our lives begin to fall apart too.

My husband and I recently watched a very compelling and convicting documentary regarding the state of the American Church in our generation. Sadly, in many Bible-teaching churches, the Gospel is being added to or changed. It is no longer about Christ alone for salvation. The cross and the shedding of Jesus’ blood for our atonement isn’t exciting enough because there is no instant gratification or physical manifestation. This teaching is not new, but it is evolving into a more extreme level of false teaching and is considered one of the fastest-growing movements in Christianity. Some churches even teach the idea that when you witness, you should not tell people they are sinners, or that they need to repent. They are taught only to tell them how much God loves them. While that is a true statement, it leaves the lost person with only partial truth. It is about Christ alone; it is not about us! The Gospel is not a message that Christ died to make us happy, healthy, and rich.  Jesus said to find our life, we must lose it and die to ourselves daily. The minute we make it about us, we are worshiping a different Gospel, a different Jesus. Humanity is born with a God-given, innate need to worship! Everyone worships something or someone.

Our enemy, the devil, knows the truth and how to twist it. He only had to change what God said ever so slightly to deceive Eve. So listen carefully, know God’s Word, seek the truth, and walk in it. Pray that God will keep you from being deceived because the Bible warns about this in the last days. A false god in any shape or form is an idol. Consider yourself lovingly warned.

We are reminded in 1 Timothy 4:1, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.” 

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