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Short Rant on Devotions, Praying, and Posting

Every since I became a disciple of Jesus, reading my Bible and prayer have been priorities in my life.  I by no means am perfect at them.  I am thankful for the gospel and the fact that I don’t earn my righteousness before God through my works (Romans 10:4; Philippians 3:9; Titus 3:5-7).  There have been good days where I have been in the Word and in prayer and it seemed the Lord was near.  There have been days where I was in the Word and prayer and it seemed the Lord was distant.  Thankfully, I am not saved by my feelings but by faith (Romans 5:1).

Let me rant then just for a moment about devotions, praying, and posting them on social media sites.  I have seen this pattern for a while.  The great satire site, the Babylon Bee, ran a great post on a woman completing her quite time without Instagramming it.  That was pure gold because it is true!  I go on social media sites and people are posting pictures of their Bibles open, a notebook, a cup of coffee.

Even open air preaching posts drive me crazy.  I’m all for preaching the gospel in the open air.  I also understand that some of these guys receive money from people and so they want them to see that they are serving just as they said they would.  I find it ironic that missionaries don’t often feel the need to post them serving to prove they are actually doing what they said they would do if you supported them but I’ll let that go.  Open air preachers are notorious for posting pictures or videos of themselves preaching or asking for prayer as they go to share the gospel.  Again, I understand that for some of them, the prayer requests are real and their posting is simply to encourage people to follow their lead in evangelism.   Yet for some, I fear, they are posting out of pride (“look at me going to share my faith while you read this blog”).  God knows our hearts.

In Matthew 6 Jesus had strong words about doing things for the glory of God and not telling others about them.  There is no doubt that God knows our hearts (1 Chronicles 28:9; Jeremiah 17:10; 23:24; Romans 8:27).  The Lord sees through our posts to know our hearts whether we are truly posting for His glory or for ours.  In Matthew 6 Jesus states that our good works should be done in secret so that we might receive a reward from our Father.  Again, nothing wrong with posting about our devotions, our church, our evangelism but God knows our hearts and whether we want the applause of men or not.  Jesus states that our giving (Matthew 6:2-4), praying (6:5-8), and fasting (6:16-18) should be done in secret and not for the applause of men.  Our Lord states that if do them for men, we receive our rewards (6:2, 5, 16).

Pride is dangerous.  I have battled pride my entire life.  I always will.  We all like for people to pat us on the back and tell us “good job.”  We want others to notice the good we do.  It’s human nature I suppose.  But Jesus tells us to do our good works for our Father.  Ephesians 2:10 even states that our Father has prepared the works for us to do.  This would include our prayer times, our fasting, our evangelism.  Our works should glorify God, however, and not us.  The temptation is to post on social media sites so that our good works glorify us even though we claim it is to the glory of God.

Finally, is it sinful to post our prayer times, our Bible study, our evangelism?  It can be.  It doesn’t have to be.  Again, the Lord God knows our hearts.  We can’t hide from Him.  Like Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5, the Lord knows if we are hypocrites or not.  In Acts 4 we read that Joseph called Barnabas (son of encouragement) sold a field and brought the money to the Apostles’ feet.  This must have impressed Ananias and Sapphira so they did the same but unlike Barnabas, they withheld some money for themselves (which was their right) but they claimed to be giving all to the Lord.  The Lord saw their hypocrisy and He judged them before the church so that fear came upon the saints of God (Acts 5:11).  Ananias and Sapphira wanted the applause of men but were not willing to truly glorify God like Barnabas had done.  They wanted to cheat but the Lord saw their hearts (Acts 5:3).  The Lord knew the heart of Barnabas and He also knew that Ananias and Sapphira were not willing to pay the price that Barnabas had paid though they wanted the applause of the Apostles too.  Their story is for our example.

The Lord knows our hearts.  He knows if I post a picture of me sharing my faith if I’m doing it for me or for His glory.  He knows the same for people who use social media to brag about their devotions or their street preaching.  I have no doubt that the Lord loves us beyond words even in the midst of our hypocrisy and pride but I pray that He would sanctify us so that social media is not our place for our hypocrisy and pride.

Now let me go post this on various social media sites along with some pictures I have of me praying before blogging this.  Prayers appreciated.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

03/31/2016 at 10:32 AM

Spiritual Disciplines and Hypocrisy

I had a talk this week with a hypocrite.  Hypocrisy is one of the greatest dangers to the Church.  So many claim to love Jesus and claim His salvation while living in blatant sin.  They compromise in many areas of their lives including indulging their flesh in all types of sin.  They would claim God’s grace while ignoring His serious call to holiness and purity (Matthew 5:8, 48; 1 Peter 1:15-16).  They claim to know Jesus while never obeying Him as Lord (Luke 6:46-49).

This hypocrite I dealt with this week started by denying the usefulness of the Law of God in bringing sinners to salvation.  He rejected the moral law of God that is still praised in the New Testament (except the Sabbath command) and he in turn tried to claim that the way to “win the world” is not by preaching the divine Law of God (1 Timothy 1:8-11) but through preaching a good God who loves us unconditionally and winks at our sins.  His antinomian lies flowed from his keyboard as we interacted and I regret this wasted time that I could have been doing something more useful such as brushing my teeth.

In the end, this hypocrite exposed themselves.  They begin to use ungodly language.  I do not curse.  I believe cursing is wrong.  I believe that all filthy language is to be forsaken by the new creature we are in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17).  I wrote simply, “Ephesians 4:29” to which they rejected this passage (as he did all passages essentially).  Ephesians 5:4 is a passage that every disciple of Jesus should memorize and obey.  When Jesus changes us, He destroys the power of sin in our lives (Romans 7:25).  The Holy Spirit helps us to obey Christ (Romans 8:3-4, 7).  The Holy Spirit helps us to bear fruit (Galatians 5:22-23).  The Holy Spirit helps us to obey Jesus in all things (John 15:26).  How can anyone claim to be “in Christ” while living in sin (Romans 6:1-4)?  How can anyone claim to be “in Christ” yet not obey Jesus as Lord but instead love the world, the flesh, and the devil (1 John 2:15-17; cf. James 4:4)?

Hypocrisy is rampant.  So many people fit this description.  They claim Jesus on Sunday but then all week long they live in the world, filling their lives with all filth and wickedness from television to ungodly talk.  Rather than seeking to glorify God in all that they say or do (Colossians 3:17), rather than living a life worthy of their calling (Ephesians 4:1), they instead claim to be a child of God while living for the devil.  This hypocrisy breeds only death (Galatians 6:7-8).  Sin always leads to death (James 1:12-15).  Sin always produces more sin.

One aspect of hypocrisy is that people will claim Christ while never seeking Him.  Spiritual disciplines like prayer, fasting, worship, evangelism, reading and studying the Bible, confessing sin, etc. are all ignored.  This hypocrite I dealt with, I have no doubt that he never has times of intercession on his face before God.  He never prays for the lost (1 Timothy 2:1-6).  He never seeks to know God more in His Word through faithful studying (John 17:3).  He never shares his faith (Matthew 28:19).  He never preaches the gospel to all creation (Mark 16:15).  Hypocrites have no passion to worship Jesus just for who He is and what He has done for us.  They honor Jesus with their lips but their hearts are far from Him (Mark 7:1-13).

My prayer for this man is for his salvation.  I believe that he is lost.  He would claim Jesus but he is not even seeking to follow Him.  He clings only to God’s grace without allowing the true grace of God to transform him (Titus 2:12).  He wants to be worldly, use worldly language, abide in worldly living but claim Christ.  This is not the case (Luke 9:23-25).  We must come to Jesus to die.  We must come to Jesus and hate all things in comparison to our passion for Him (Luke 14:25-35).  We may not be perfect but our passion is to be like Jesus in all ways (1 John 2:3-6).  He is our everything!  Not so with hypocrites.  He is their key to avoid hell but He is not their Lord.

Let us pray that the Lord would save hypocrites and draw sinners to Himself using His Word (Romans 1:16-17).  No doubt Jesus is a powerful Savior who can be glorified even through hypocrites repenting of their sins (Revelation 3:2).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

02/16/2012 at 10:16 AM

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