Respecting God

Respecting God

And you have lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven. They have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines, have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, which do not see or hear or know; and the God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways, you have not glorified. Daniel 5:23 (NKJV)

Respect is a word often used in our culture. It can be referred to as reverence and it implies our having an admiration or high opinion of something or someone as well.  In our generation it appears many people only have a high opinion of themselves; they have not properly placed any real value on the wisdom of respecting others as well as their property.  For example, many gangs will disrespect others as they deface and devalue the very neighborhoods their families live in by tagging various properties with graffiti in attempt to mark their gang turf expecting others to respect this.  

Often times when someone shows a lack of respect, pride is not far away.  Pride is a killer and it always goes before the fall (Prov. 16:18), and we are told, "When pride comes, then comes shame, but with the humble is wisdom" Prov. 11:2).   Jesus tells us pride is evil and it comes from within our heart (Mk. 7:21-22).   

We can see this type of pride and lack of respect in the life of King Nebuchadnezzar   You see, the King didn't respect God, or His chosen people, and he had taken the sacred consecrated temple articles used for the worship of God, and he had decided to use them at his party.  Nebuchadnezzar didn't respect God and God would soon humble the king. 

This is another one of those instances where we, as modern day Christians, have the luxury of reading the life lessons of others recorded in God's word.  We can learn valuable lessons and keep from making many mistakes as well.  

Q:    How can we apply this lesson to our lives today?

A:     We can understand what it truly means to respect God, and to show Him the reverence He is due. 

We have been given direct access to God because He wants to have a relationship with us.  Through Christ Jesus He has provided a way for us to have this relationship.  Because of Christ's sacrifice on the cross we can now come boldly to God's throne and commune with Him through prayer and worship.  Everything we do can be an act of worship unto God so we should be mindful of our actions.  

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)

I would like to encourage you to guard yourself against the enemy's temptation to become complacent in living for this world. We must always remember why we have been created and this should motivate us to be used in the manner God intended, and this is to simply bring glory to His name by our very attitude and every action.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Corinthians how are we to live and conduct ourselves?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Do you sometimes forget or become jaded to the privilege of being able to come into the presence of God?

APPLICATION: Take time to acknowledge God today in your quiet time of prayer.  Choose to show Him how much you respect Him by abiding in His will.  

Father, thank You for allowing me the right to come into Your presence.  I know I am allowed to do this because I have accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior, and I acknowledge what He has done for me on the cross. I pray my actions will bring a great respect for You in the lives of those around me today.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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