Are You Cheating On God?
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15 (ESV)
Our next topic in this series is, Are You Cheating On God. This always seem to get people a bit uncomfortable but that is the exact place that God wants you. Discomfort invokes conviction and conviction of the heart brings God one step closer. Self perception is often the common cause of us Cheating On God. Its always in what WE think God will allow or what WE think we can or can’t do. In the book of John 14:15 (ESV) it says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” In this scripture, God is giving you the criteria in which your love for Him should be based on. Once we first identify what the commandments of God are, we then can question are we Cheating On God.
There was a story of a couple who discovered that not only one was cheating in the relationship, but both were. They were both at fault so when they talked, they would apologize and say the most sincere things to one another. After all the “I’m Sorry’s”, they would go back to cheating on one another almost immediately. Most of you reading this now probably would question “Why do they stay together” but some of you are just like this couple. Just like this couple, most of you Cheat On God by giving into your worldly wants and desires (temptations). Then falling to sin and awaiting the chance to apologize, only to go back and do it again. Often times, its the same temptation. Most will try and cover it up saying, “I’m not wrong; this is what God wants me to have” but never asking God. In Titus 1:16 (ESV) it says, “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.” So if “commandments” are what we are suppose to keep and that requires action which is understood as works, then its not only in our belief in God but also in our obedience towards Him.
We need to understand that life isn’t about what we possess outwardly but rather what we possess inwardly. Its crazy how a man can look at a cheating woman and have disgust and a woman can look at a cheating man and share the same feeling, but can’t look at themselves that way. At this point, we have not only allowed self perception to become our standard but also have established what some like to call, “selective conviction.” It’s where WE choose what we are convicted by. We can say with our mouth that we are not Cheating On God but our actions prove something otherwise. In our actions (obedience) we are either accepting Him or rejecting Him. 2 Timothy 2:12 (ESV) tells us, “….if we deny him, he also will deny us.” 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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