GET TOGETHER- Worship The Creator and Not The Creature
Ro 1:24,25 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
I love people. God loves people. God created human beings in His Image and His desire for us is to love Him with all our heart and soul and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We are told in Joh 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” That is a lot of love. I wouldn’t sacrifice any of our children, or grandchildren for hard core sinners, but God gave His only begotten Son.
Jesus in responding to a lawyer as recorded in Lu 10:27 So he answered and said,” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.” (NKJV) So we know that we are to love our neighbor. We are to love our enemies and yet the Apostle Paul has some words of warning to us in Romans Chapter 1. We know that Paul was saved by Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, and inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the Book of Romans as well as at least thirteen and many believe fourteen letters of the New Testament.
When Paul wrote Romans he was in Corinth. Corinth was a city where there was a lot of sexual sin as well as idol worship that involved sexual sin of various types. And Rome at that time was every bit as full of the same type of sin that was in Corinth. This sin was practiced by government leaders and prominent leaders, and citizens.
Sin has pleasure for a season. we are told in Hebrews concerning the passing pleasures of sin: Heb 11:25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin. (NKJV) Just like a fish biting on a lure. It may taste good for a while. It may feel good for a while. But sooner, or later the fish is in the boat, and then in the frying pan.
One of the dangers of worshipping the creature more than the Creator is that the creature will often come up with what the created calls right, or wrong. And the creature is subject to changing what it considers right and wrong.
The unsaved man, or woman is controlled by the sinful flesh. I believe that Paul wrote the Book of Ephesians. Paul described that condition of the unsaved created human beings in this way : Eph 4:17 -19 “This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. I know that describes my life before I met the Lord Jesus Christ.
Notice that when Paul talks about those who love the creature more than the Creator. He says that they have exchanged the truth of God for a lie. We live in a culture today where one prevalent mindset is that there is no such thing as absolute truth. That is not really such a new thing. Satan basically was telling Eve that she couldn’t believe God, or trust God. He was denying truth. Pilate asked Jesus “what is truth”? He didn’t know it, but truth was standing right there in front of him.
As I mentioned earlier. I love people. God desires for us to love people. On the other hand, if we love people. We must point to the truth. We point people, to the Creator. It has been said that what we bow down to is what we worship. It is a temptation for someone like me that loves and likes people to bow to the winds of the culture and to what the created says is good. On the other hand, I don’t ever want to be guilty of worshipping the creature. There is only one that is worthy of our worship. that is the Great Three in One Father- Son-and Holy Spirit.
The created under the influence of the demonic and the sinful flesh will just as Satan did to Eve try to convince us not to trust God. The created will use intimidation, false guilt, name calling, and the threat of cancelling us to make us bow down and worship the created.
I encourage you to read all of Romans Chapter. I ask you to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read this chapter. And be assured that any area of your life, or my life that is not in accordance with what the Holy Spirit is saying there that God will forgive, deliver, and heal from every sinful effect that is there.
I love you too much to worship the created. J.J. and I are so thankful for the many friends, loved ones, and brothers and sisters in Christ that God has given us. Our prayer is that we all will worship the Creator and not bow to the winds of the culture. We don’t want to worship a fallen creation under demonic influence. We want to worship the true and living God and to share His love with a people that He desires to call out of worship of the creature and into a dynamic Holy Spirit filled relationship with Him.
Let us Pray
Lord Jesus, you created us to worship You. Help us to not fall into the trap of worshipping the creature. Help us to love and to offer Jesus Christ to those who have. Lord today we pray for our nation, and all other nations that have fallen for the Satanic lies that lead to worship of the creature .
In Jesus Name
We love you all!
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