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Deserting Christ

Scripture reading for May 14th: Galatians 1

Key Scriptures: Galatians 1:3-8 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to Whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting Him Who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the Gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a Gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.”

Paul was writing to the Galatian church concerning a troubling development that came to his attention. There were false teachers there who were distorting the Gospel of Christ Jesus. This was causing believers to desert Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation and begin to seek to find salvation through works of the Law in addition to faith in Jesus. This was troubling because there was only one Gospel and one Savior, Jesus Christ! Paul had received this Gospel by a revelation of Jesus Christ. Paul called down a curse on anyone, including angels in heaven or himself, who would preach another gospel. He repeated this for emphasis because this was a life and death matter.

Galatians 1:11-12 “For I would have you know, brothers, that the Gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for revealing Your Gospel of repentance and faith in Your sacrifice on Calvary’s cross. Thank You for revealing this Gospel to Your apostles and disciples, to Paul, and to me and all who have believed. Help me to preach the full Gospel of Jesus Christ.

2nd Corinthians 11:3 “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

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Fame, fortune, and falling away!

Scripture reading for April 5th: 1st Kings 9-11

“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but man is tested by the praise he receives.” Proverbs 27:21

Fame and fortune bring lots of praise from the lips of men.  These blessings can easily lead our hearts away from faith in the Lord.  God warned the Israelites that when they entered the promised land and settled down and became prosperous, they would be tempted to forget God.  (Deuteronomy 8:10-13)  In a sense, prosperity and fame can be a more difficult test than sexual lust.  Solomon found this to be true.

After Solomon finished dedicating the temple and achieving all he had desired to do, God appeared to him a second time.  God promised that He would hear the prayers said at the temple and watch over it.  God then warned Solomon against turning away from Him and going after other gods.  (1st Kings 9:6-9)  God understood the test that Solomon would face as his fame and fortune grew.

Solomon was soon headed down a wrong path.  His heart was not obedient to the Lord.  He left the Caanites in the land and put them in forced labor.  Solomon married foreign women and took 700 wives and 300 concubines from among the nations.   God had warned that their hearts would be led astray to idolatry.  (1st Kings 11:1-6)   Solomon’s heart was not fully committed to the Lord and he did evil in God’s sight!  He built high places for these gods of his foreign wives and they offered sacrifices, further angering God.

God raised up adversaries against Israel.  Hadad the Edomite and Rezon from Aram (Syria) were both hostile towards Israel.   One of Solomon’s own officials, Jeroboam, son of Nebat, also rebelled against the king.  Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam, but he fled to Egypt.

We all think that it would be wonderful to have what Solomon enjoyed, but we must be reminded of how our hearts are tested by this.  The pride and power of prosperity can make one as drunk as wine!  God is jealous (Exodus 34:14) and will not tolerate idolatry.  Many mighty have fallen through pride and idolatry!

Pray today for someone who has fame or fortune, who is in a position of authority and influence.  Pray for God’s grace to protect and keep that person from falling away and leading others astray.

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