Written by His Grace,
Kevin K. OíConnor
Feb. 4th 2003
Main Thought: To express the Fatherís intense hatred for a form of relationship with Him without a Love relationship with His Son.
The form of Godliness
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: (Whole Chapter: In context: )
Oh how we like to take our rest within our works! Especially when theyíre works of righteousness. Itís seems that the only problem with revelation is that we tend to put our rest in the revelation and not in the revelator. Godís ways are not our ways and yet, we think that we can be godly if we act out what we read in His Word without knowing His Son.
The Jews that were given the Precious 10 Commandments thought this and ended up making the law their god and totally missed the message from the Fatherís heart which was that we are not holy and cannot be holy apart from knowing Christ our redeemer; For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (Whole Chapter: In context: The revelation of the law was to show us that we needed a Savior, we were hopeless within our own efforts to be holy. And yet the Jews and many people today have totally missed the message sent from the Fatherís heart and so many of our eyes focus on our works and not Christ, oh how this hurts and angers the Fatherís heart.
Is it any wonder than how God could say the following; So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. (Whole Chapter: In context: ) This is the same church mentioned in verse Rev 3:17 above where they thought that they were rich and increased with goods and in need of nothing. The form of Godliness totally numbs us to the depravity of our hearts. The appearance of Godliness makes us feel holy, because we look like Godís kids. There are so many religions in this world filled with much vigor and energy in their beliefs but that is not what glorifies God. It seems that the more of ourselves we can see in what weíre doing, the more pleasure we obtain from doing it. And yet, itís really just the opposite type of attitude that truly touches the heart of God like where the beloved John the Baptist said; He must become greater; I must become less. (Whole Chapter: In context: )
But, it seems that putting on the form of Godliness instead of the Heart of His Son is so much more comfortable and does so much for our proud nature. This way we donít find ourselves having to lay our pride down. But no, weíd rather do things and take pride in our works. Even prayer, that which is supposed to draw hearts near to His, we will twist it around and try to make it a performance of our righteousness (which by the way is as filthy rags to God; Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Whole Chapter: Isaiah 64 In context: Isaiah 64:5-7)instead of that for which it was intended, to draw our hearts near to His; But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. (Whole Chapter: In context: ) And another good verse that depicts Godís feeling on prayer is; Luke18:9-14 9†† And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10†† Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11†† The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12†† I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.13†† And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.14†† I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Is it any wonder that this type of lie angers the Fatherís heart? This lie appears so righteous and appeals to many others to join in because the pride of man is made fat within this walk, the walk of the form without the Heart. Itís no wonder that at the judgment there will be many that appear to be His and He will say be gone from me, Iíve never known you. Oh, may God help us from making our works for Him only a place that feeds our pride and not our hearts. We need to realize that all things are already His, but, the one thing He has allowed to be ours is our pride. Those who have learned how to lay it down that they may know Him will live with Him for ever but those who have learned to make their works for Him their God will not.
God is Free within the boundaries of Holiness and Love and yet we love to quote words from His Holy Precious Word to prove our proud points or latch our hearts around the law and not Christ. We love those things that we can see and hear and take pride in that weíre doing Ė who cares! God sure doesnít! We look around at the fervor of our work and our words and say ďarenít we Godly, we keep the Sabbath, we donít drink or cuss, weíve been baptized, and the list goes on and on. No wonder God said that He felt like vomiting these type of souls out of His mouth. They only produce an outward appearance of Godliness and are totally void of the love of Christ.
Because God has put within each soul an awareness of our eternal existence, we know we need to be Holy but then we come across these lies of relationship with Him and soon find ourselves within ruts of works and not love. Itís kind of like foolís gold. All the outward appearance may be there, but itís just not gold. That must be why God says that Heíd rather us be hot or cold rather than lukewarm. He desires the world to either choose Him or not, but not to be taken in with the falsehood of relationship with Him when itís just a relationship of our works. That is a total lie from hell itself. Being lukewarm though feels so comfortable, it gives us just enough heat that we donít feel cold and yet not too much to actually kill the germs that exist. Living for our works does exactly the same thing! It gives us an appearance of godliness to take the edge off of our conviction to know Him, and yet it stops short of surrendering our pride that we may know Him.
We hear His Word and because we think ďI can do thisĒ go off and try to live as His child. But we donít realize that we need to learn how to listen to His voice even after we think we know what His will is. The apostles who walked with Christ, who performed miracles with Him and saw Him raise the dead and saw Christ Himself raise from the dead were probably eager to go out and speak what they had heard and experienced but Christ knew they needed something more. They needed the infilling of the Holy Spirit. What does that mean? It means yielding what we think we know to the Holy Spiritís direction and guidance; Romans 8:13&14 13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. So, here they were all full of knowledge and experience and ready to evangelize the world and what does Christ say? On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. (Whole Chapter: In context: )
Wait! Oh how we hate waiting because weíre not the one doing the driving and how we love being in the driverís seat concerning our life. There are many people today who have listened all of their lives to the Word of God and walked in paths of good works but have not yielded their hearts to the guidance and direction of Godís Holy Spirit, the third Person in the Trinity. The Father says, surrender your sins to Christ Who has borne them for you, The Son says, surrender your will to the Holy Spirit that He may guide you, And the Spirit says, Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength unto the Glory of the Father in Christ the Son! Letís get hung on Loving Him and not the foul stench of ďour good worksĒ which sickens Him.
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