Not one event in Scripture illustrates that Jesus shared His divine authority with other gods. Pray!
Sunday, October 18, 2020
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-7).
How many times have we prayed for our own needs or those of others and have forgotten to truly thank God? Our culture no longer seems to place value on good manners, and consequently as a society, people neglect the simplest of courtesies. Some people put more effort into convincing God that He needs to answer their prayers, while mechanically thanking Him at the end of their prayers, half heartily believing that He still answers prayer.
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man – and birds and four-footed beasts and creeping things” (Romans 1:20-23).
We cannot worship Almighty God in the same way people around the world celebrate their gods, and shame on anyone who even tries. God made it abundantly clear that we are to love Him with all of our heart, mind and soul. There is not one example in Scripture that illustrates that Jesus shared His divine authority with any other gods. He even said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). We must not compromise our faith just to make others feel comfortable in the religious arena. We will be doing them a grave disservice.
We must never expect God to respond to our requests as the world would respond. God's thoughts are not our thoughts. However, all things are working together for our good because we love the one true God! (Romans 8:28).