1 Thessalonians 2:5 No Mask

“You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed–God is our witness.” 1 Thessalonians 2:5

In the workplace people are often seen trying to make the boss feel really good with their words. They will speak very highly of the boss and give him much praise. Or in a teen-age relationship, one will give lots of praise and honor to the other. Both are trying to get the favor of the person they are praising.

Although it is not wrong to give a person some praise that he or she is worthy of, flattery takes it to a different level. Flattery is excessive praise. It is lifting a person up higher than they really are. It is making the person feel extra special. The purpose behind making that person feel that way, however, is selfish. It is to get something from them.

Salesmen are known for this. Whether selling a car or a house, they will make a person feel like they are the best person on the earth and deserve that item being sold. Or workers in the workplace giving flattery to the boss, lifting him up extremely high.

In doing these things like this, they are putting on a mask. They are making themselves look like they really care about the person, when in fact they are just greedy and want to make a sale or get a position.

Paul says that he was not guilty of being like that. In the church, there are many who use flattery to draw people into the church. Others put on a mask, making themselves look like a great Christian believer, when in reality they don’t have a relationship with Jesus. This is falsehood.

As a believer you must be true in your words and actions. Do not exaggerate what you are saying. Speak the truth.

If you claim to be Christian, do you spend time in prayer with God? Do you spend time reading His Word?

Or are you just speaking the words and putting on a mask to look good? Are you just being greedy?

Take off the mask and live the true life of a believer in Jesus. Put off any falsehood. Allow God’s Word to draw people, not your fancy words of flattery.

I pray today that God will reveal any masks you may have on; that you will use only God’s Word to draw people to Jesus; that you will live a true Christian life; and that you will serve God with all of your life.

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Acts 5:3 Lying To God

“Then Peter said, Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Acts 5:3

One man, Joseph, had sold his property and gave all the money to the church. This started other people in doing the same thing. Ananias and his wife sold their house. However, instead of turning in all of the money, they kept some of the money. It was turned in as though it was all the money that the house was sold for. Peter is prompted by the Holy Spirit to confront them on this for lying to the Holy Spirit. God chooses to kill both of them.

People often feel that they can fool God because they can fool other people. It is very easy to fool people. People cannot see into the heart and mind of a person.

When it comes to paying tithes, some will pay only a portion of the ten percent, but will put it on the offering envelope stating it is their tithe. This implies that it is the full ten percent required. This is also lying to God.

Others will pray to God stating that they are sorrow for something they did wrong, while they are planning to do it again. Some will state that they love everyone while in church, but condemn someone with harsh, unneeded words when outside the church.

Lying to God can be easy, since a person does not see God, and God does not immediately talk to them audibly about it. Yet, God sees and knows all the lies that are said. He does not necessarily kill people today for lying, but God will deal with them.

When you speak, you should always speak the truth. When you do things, you should always do them in truth. God sees everything. You cannot fool Him. Every closed secret will come out into the open some day. Allow God to change you now rather later in punishment.

I pray today that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide your words; that you will not fear to speak the truth; that you will not try to fool people or God; and that you will allow God to fill your heart with His Holy Spirit.

Matthew 23:25 Clean the Inside

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.” Matthew 23:25

Jesus is in the process of bringing many accusations against the Pharisees and teachers of the law. These are the people who are leading the temple worship.

In this verse He tells them that they clean the outside of the cup, but leave the inside dirty.

Cleaning the outside of a dish is good. It will make the dish sparkle when it is setting on the shelf in the cupboard. Would you use that same cup if you pulled it off the shelf and looked in it and saw coffee and coffee grinds in the bottom?

No one would want it. You would also be upset with whoever said it was clean and put it in the cupboard.

Jesus was looking at the Pharisees in the same way. They stated that they were clean because they went through the ceremonial washings and did all the correct sacrifices. Yet, Jesus stated that inside they were full of greed and self-indulgence.

Greed and self-indulgence is the center of self. It is looking out for yourself before anyone else, including God. The Pharisees were saying to the people “do as I say, not as I do”. They knew the laws of God, and yet broke them all the time in their hearts and lives in private.

Why do you do or say what you do and say? All too often it is to build yourself up. Many people in position, in and outside the church, often are doing things for themselves, rather than to help someone else.

Jesus had stated that every believer is supposed to be a servant to everyone else. You are to live like Jesus lived. You are to give like God gave.

It is not about you. It is not about what you can get. It is all about God, being like Jesus, and bringing others to Jesus.

Make sure your life is clean on the inside. Make sure your heart is clean before God of all greed and self. Let God’s Holy Spirit reveal to you where there is sin in your heart and allow yourself to be cleaned.

I pray today that you will seek to be clean before God; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to clean you; that you will be the same both inside and outside; that you will remove all greed in your life; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.