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Today’s 333 Devotional: Serving False gods
“They feared the Lord, yet served their own gods–according to the rituals of the nations from among whom they were carried away.” (2 Kings 17:33)
In yesterdays devotional we saw how hypocritical King Ahaz was by commissioning an altar like the pagan altar in Damascus for the sacrifices of God, all the while keeping the bronze altar from God’s temple so he could use it to inquire of the Lord. And the hypocrisy is how he wanted to pay his respect to God while serving the false gods of the Assyrians.
But is the church any different? We want to look Christian, because that is who we say we are, but we are in many ways serving the gods of this world.
We see this in what Jesus said in His letter to the church in Laodicea.
“You say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’–and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.” (Revelation 3:17)
They were paying respect to God, but were doing so why they were serving the gods of this world, money and power, not realizing what they really looked like to the Lord. In so many ways this describes the church of today, which many believe is the church of Laodicea.
In so many ways, those who no longer believe in the Lord God, or in His Son, Jesus Christ, have invaded the church. Yes, they use His name, even have it on their walls and in their paperwork, but instead they follow the gods of this world as they have left the precepts of God’s word, and have replaced them with what the world says is right, and in the end the Lord sees His church now as wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.
As we result, Jesus is calling the church, “lukewarm,” in that they are neither cold nor hot, and as a result, God will vomit it from out of His mouth.
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