Monday, October 17, 2016

Being Shaped

Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not.
They have ears, but they hear not; noses have they, but they smell not.
They have hands, but they handle not; feet have they, but they walk not;
neither speak they through their throat.
They that make them are like them; so is every one that trusts in them.
Psalm 115:4–8

What you worship shapes your spirit so that you become like what you worship.  If God is the author of what you believe, then you are worshipping Him and are being made like Him.  If a human devised the faith you believe in, then your worship belongs to him, and you are being made more fleshly every time you participate in it.  And if – God forbid! – the faith you believe in originated with Satan, then you are worshipping him and are becoming more and more like him as you continue in that faith.
Paul was wise to exhort us to examine ourselves to see whether we are truly in THE faith (2Cor. 13:5).  He wanted God’s children to become more and more like their heavenly Father, and not like the over-religious men who puff themselves up to devise their own doctrines, and certainly not like the very religious Satan.
Have you taken the time to examine yourself, to see whether or not the faith that you are in is the faith of Christ