When I began this series, I shared how I personally went through one of the worst points in my life. During this time we were one of the families who lost their homes in the recent mortgage crisis.
But I can state, without reservation, that at my worst financial point, I was still better off than most of the world’s population. I had a roof over my head and a full belly. How dare I even entertain the idea that God failed to provide for my needs. If I’m truly walking in faith, then I acknowledge that I serve a faithful God, who I never need to put to the test.
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
“All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
The devil continued his assault using the promises of God. This time he used a promise specifically aimed at Christ, the Messiah. He was making a deal with Jesus in which the Lord could obtain the Messiah’s blessing without having to endure the pain of the cross. As far as the Lord was concerned, this was the last straw.
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
Jesus saw right through the devil’s smokescreen, and rejected the offer without even giving it a second thought. How dumb can we be? So often we fall when the enemy tempts us to do foolish, unscriptural, and even ungodly things…all for spiritual reasons, of course. We sometimes make crazy decisions all under the guise of “God wants me blessed, happy, and wealthy”
I’ve heard things like, “God told me that this is the woman He created for me.” My question is what about the woman you’re married to right now? What about “God hates divorce”?
By His life, Jesus showed that He lived above the promises. He lived as a Son empowered by the Holy Spirit.
We’ve lost the whole concept of sonship. I desire to post about it in depth someday. But for now we need to see how very differently Jesus lived than we do. He didn’t feel the need to spend His life rehearsing the promises. Neither did the Lord try, in His power, to fulfill the requirements so that He could obtain the blessings.
Jesus lived His life in the power of the Holy Spirit. That’s my goal, and the goal of these posts. That the church of the living God would wake up to our impoverished condition, and rise up to the potential that the Lord placed before us when He said that we would do the same works that He was doing (John 14:12).
Question: How have you experienced people doing foolish things for “spiritual” reasons?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013