Wednesday, June 30, 2010

How Do You Honor God?

What about those who claim to know God but choose to live their lives as they want to? Scripture tells us that all have knowledge of God. Even Satan and his hosts know God. Knowing God does not mean that a person has a personal relationship with God.

Scripture:
Romans 1:21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

Lesson:
Paul again uses the word knowledge. Paul points out that all individuals have knowledge of God but they do not worship him as their God? Here Paul points out 4 ways we reject God. 

1. By dishonoring Him- When we fail to glorify God we are dishonoring Him in the worst way. We are told in Revelations 4:11 that, "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
2. By being unthankful- It is so easy to see when individuals are ungrateful when we do something for them but day after day we receive from God but do not show gratitude.
3. By Vain imaginations- Man rejects God when he turns to his own way and his own speculations rather that living by God’s standards.

4. By allowing their hearts to be darkened- Our hearts are darkened when we exchange truth for falsehoods. Darkness is evil. Darkness brings with it hopelessness, fear, insecurity and lostness. The foolish heart that rejects God and dishonors God brings darkness to the soul. Darkness is the beginning of idolatry.

A few weeks ago our son experienced a flood. A neighbor responded, “He was lucky.” This was an opportunity to glorify and give God credit for sparing his house during the flood. I had to respond, “ No, I do not credit his situation to luck, I call it, “The hand of God, once again showing grace and mercy to his children.” Sometimes out talk does not match our walk. If God is our God we will honor him and give Him credit where credit is due.

Application:
1.     How does your life glorify God? (in your walk/talk and eat/drink?
2.     When and how often do you give thanks to God for his mighty work in creation and in your life? Does your lifestyle honor God, or do you serve him on Sunday, but Monday –Saturday take a break and “live like the devil?”
3.     Do you behave differently around different people? (friends watching a game, dinner with the pastor, slack waitress or waiter at a restaurant, etc.)
4.     Do you give answers to questions that glorify God or do you take credit for yourself?
5.     Is your interpretation of scriptures for others or do you apply truths to your life? Do you exchange truth for falsehood when it applies to your situations or circumstances?

Prayer:
Dear Father, Thank you for the favor you have shown me throughout my life. You have blessed my family and me in so many ways. Please forgive me for the times that I have taken you for granted. I want to glorify you in all that I say and do. In Jesus name I pray, Amen