Are You Cheating On God?
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15 (ESV)
As we bring the topic of Are You Cheating On God to a close, lets revisit exactly what this looks like and is. Self perception is often the common cause of us Cheating On God. It’s always in what WE think God will allow or what WE think we can or can’t do. Also, in what WE think, is an area of us lacking patience. Often times if things are not done in the time we want them done, we have a tendency to take things into our own hands. The outcome of this often ends up with us now coming to God asking Him for forgiveness or guidance. The bible tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” In order for God to completely work things out in our lives, patience must be applied. Believe it or not, you can in fact disrupt the plans of the Lord with your actions. Often times our current problems should be temporary but because of our actions, they become permanent.
Have you ever gotten off work and on the way home found yourself in traffic? Not really having anywhere to be at a specific time, you just don’t want to be stuck behind cars that are driving 30 feet every 5 minutes. Frustration kicks in and you began to get impatient and as a result of this, everything and everyone around you aggravates you. Knowing exactly what the bible says about patience, at that moment YOU become the standard and not the bible. We are serving ourselves at this point and what we say and do becomes the right thing to us…who is your god now? Whenever we don’t get what we want or when we desperately want something, we are driven to finding the “god” we need to meet our desperate needs. When Moses was up in the mountain receiving God’s commandments for Israel he was gone so long that the people of Israel began to feel desperate and alone. In their fear and desperation they decided they couldn’t wait any longer for a clear picture of God and they pressed Aaron into making a god for them from an image they already had of a god, a golden calf. Moses was only gone for almost 40 days in the mountains talking to God, and because they didn’t have immediate answers, their impatience moved them to desperation and fear. The Bible teaches us that desperate emotions can cause us to create or reinvent God into our own image, an image usually very different from the image in the bible. Then we end up serving the image rather than the true God. Often times that image is our point of view. Galatians 6:9 (ESV) tells us, ”And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
There are things that are on the surface that we see, and then there are things that are so tucked away in us until we don’t even know they are there. As we have read, the act of being impatient can lead to something that is far worse than its original intent. This is how the enemy preys on us. He takes something that seem so small, add the ”feel” of desperation and fear to it and then we end up completely out of the will of the Lord. For some of us it happens so fast until we are so deep into the problem, we don’t know how we got there or even how to get out. But this is why I love the Lord so much, Psalm 34:19 (ESV) tells us, “Many are the afflictions of the RIGHTEOUS, but the LORD delivers him out of them ALL.” Not only does God tell us what He will do for us, but He also gives us instructions before it gets to this point in Romans 12:12 (ESV) when He says, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” There is no greater love than the love that Christ provides for His people. I challenge you today, to ask God to reveal to you “areas” where you need to change and improve but allow Him the lead in the restoring process. For our help is in the Lord!
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