God says, He wants true worship and service. Not lying lip service! And this is a warning to repent because in a little while, Destruction will come and His warnings comes before destruction!
God is sending warning to us today. Because some believe that God will shower them with blessings and favor without giving Him true worship and service from their lives.
Some of us will honor God with our lips, but our hearts are far from Him. We live life to please our flesh and we go to our church services because its only a tradition to do so. We give God a lot of lip service, but no heart service.
We honor, praise and are faithful to man-made religious rules and rituals, but we fail to give God His just and due worship!
We should life a holy life everyday, not only on Sundays! And, regardless if we think we that we are getting away with unholy living, willful sins and being hypocritical, God is not mocked and whatever we sow, that’s what we are going to reap! This is why some of us can’t get a breakthrough in our situation!
Sometimes we feel as if God’s blessings are for sale. We cannot buy God, because He doesn’t need our money or material possessions.
Many false teachers and false prophets who are hirelings, will continue to tell you to sow money in order to get more money, while you are being deceived by their twisted words and crooked practices.
They fail to warn you of the consequences of sinful living and of your wicked and evil ways, but they will quickly remind you of the scripture, “Will a man rob God?” (Malachi 3:8). But in a sense, they are robbing you of Godly truth and deterring you from the gift of eternal life with their greedy motives and selfish intentions!
They don’t ask you, “What will you do when your body needs healing and the doctors can’t help you?” What about when the devil comes in like a flood to destroy your home, marriage, your children, jobs, your mind and emotions, or your entire life?” “What are you going to do when this happens?” Are you going to try and buy the devil off as well? He could care less about your soul or how much money you have! He gets enjoyment from his mission of killing, stealing, and destroying those who are out of the will of God.
But God cares for your soul and He wants you to have a life that’s complete, full, and abundant in Him!
Job was a man who had an abundance of money and material resources. But when the time of testing came, his money did nothing to help his physical or his spiritual condition. However, he was a man who hated evil and was faithful and true to God and therefore God delivered him and in the end and gave him double blessings.
On the other hand, what about the selfish and wicked rich man who would not give poor Lazarus a crumb from his lavish table of food? When death came, in hell he lifted up his eyes (Luke 16: 19-31). So you see, even if you gained the world’s wealth and power, how would it benefit you in hell after you lose your soul?
We can’t continue to walk sideways and give god vain lip service and believe that because we sow and tithe money, God is going to wink at our sins. Should we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid! (Romans 6:1).
God is strongly sending warning today. He wants us to stop following and seeking after traditions, famous men and material wealth. And start to follow and seek after Him with a true motive in the heart!
We have got to be true to God from the inside out! God wants us to truly worship Him in spirit and in truth!
God will not cause His blessings to shower upon us in the midst of our sin. It’s like spoiling a child and rewarding him when he does wrong. The child will never change his ways because he is being rewarded, regardless of his behavior!
God doesn’t operate in the flesh, it doesn’t work that way! He gave us his only begotten son to suffer and die for our sins. So therefore, God will not allow us to misuse the precious sacrifice Christ made for us by willfully sinning against Him. The work that Christ did will not be in vain; He has risen and now sits as our heavenly Saviour. We can repent and gain eternal life by accepting Him as our Lord and Savior, but, if we find that we are playing the role of a hypocrite with God and we are willfully sinning, then merely showing up at church, sowing, and paying tithes is not wrong, but it won’t keep us out of hell if you are not living according to the Word of God
This is God’s warning that being a hypocrite and giving Him vain lip service is not acceptable to Him!
“He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” Mark 7:6.
The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught” Isaiah 29:13.
“Then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head” Ezekiel 33:4.
“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the spirit and in truth” John 4:24.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” John 10:10.
“‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” Matthew 15:8.
“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” Matthew 16:26.
– by Geraldine Coleman
Geraldine Coleman: Is a teacher and educator and ministers to prisoners at a prison facility where she is an instructor.