TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, February 14, 2019:
The false profession of desirable or publically approved qualities, beliefs or feelings; a pretense of having virtues, moral principles, or religious beliefs that one does not really possess.
For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautifully outwardly, but inside are full of all uncleanness.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
America is said to be a Christian nation but its people are not living by God’s laws and seeking His direction for their lives. We are concerned that all across the world we live in that people are turning away from the Biblical principles outlined for us in the scriptures. For example, here in America statistics that were just released told us that more people are going to church today than ever before but a much smaller number are considered what we might call evangelical --- one that believes and teaches that Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins, rose again and is in heaven today preparing a place for us to spend eternity.
Thus, we must make the conclusion that these church attenders are hypocrites because they want to give the impression, they believe in God but leave the church and live anyway they want too. We also have drawn the conclusion that most churches do not preach Biblical principles that one should live by.
Simply said, hypocrisy is saying one thing and doing another. Hypocrisy is rampant today. One example is the political leaders here in America. They campaign to win their office promising all the right things that people want and then win and do the things that benefits their own interests and not the people that elected them into office.
Even worse is the hypocrisy we see in some Christian leaders, as we mentioned above, many who claim to be Christians. In Matthew 23, Jesus called out the spiritual leaders of that day on their hypocrisy. Three times Jesus said to them, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites.”
Many Pharisees took pride, in Jesus day, in showing off their spirituality in public. Jesus knew, as did many others, that on the inside they were guilty of many secret sins. Because of their hypocrisy, Jesus compared them to “whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are unclean” Numbers 19:16.
We are often tempted to cultivate a false image for others to see in our lives. But we need to remember, we may fool our family and friends but we will never fool God. God does not look at our outward appearance, He looks at and knows our heart. When hypocrisy begins to seep into our lives we, as believers, need to open our heart to God’s Word, read it and then pray, confessing our sin so God can, through His Holy Spirit open our heart and conform us to His image. Remember, you can hide your hypocrisy from others but you cannot hide it from God.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I Corinthians 13:4.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up.
It is my prayer that You will daily lead and guide me in all of my words and deeds so that others will see You in my life, not in just what I say but in what I do. May I be an example to those who are living a hypocritical life so that they will be drawn to You for leading and guidance in their lives.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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