(NOTE: This sermon series and devotional series is based on a book by Tim Keller entitled, Counterfeit Gods.
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I like to try to do my own repairs on my vehicle.
For the most part this goes OK. However, there are few times where I really struggle to get a part off. It is rusted, frozen, or I just cannot get any leverage. I can struggle sometimes for hours to get the part off. I scrape my arms, bump my head, and have to get a few band aids.
No joke, when I get to this point I have often remembered to ask God to help. A simple prayer of “I give up God” followed by, “Will you help me?” ironically has worked pretty well. The bolt I was struggling to loose, frees up on the next try. The electric connector I could not get off, slides right off. The part I could not get out of the way, comes right out.
Thank you God.
In life, we can struggle with many things on our own. We expend emotional energy, physical energy and hours of time trying to gain what we think we want, need, or should have. The path is filled with scrapes, bruises, headaches and more.
When we stop and think, we probably are expending all this energy struggling after counterfeit gods, trying to make something fit, hoping it will fill a void, or seeking meaning and significance somewhere other than God.
How has this worked for you? It has not for me.
When will you give up struggling/contending with the wrong things, the wrong people, the wrong objectives and surrender and say, “I give up God.” “Will you help me?”
Here’s the truth: Counterfeit gods end when I seek blessing from God!
The irony is we contend in life for the powerful, the influential, the material things to fill voids of love, value and acceptance. The Apostle Paul reminds us, “This isn’t where God chose to bring blessing. Rather he chose the weak, the shameful, and the lowly things to bring joy, hope and love to our hearts.
1 Corinthians 1:26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.
When we give up the struggle of doing life on our own, we can experience the blessing God loves to give!
Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
The irony in all of this, is we work so hard to get what we think is so important from counterfeit gods and yet all along our Savior is inviting us to give up that struggle and give our focus, attention, trust to him. He will end the struggle and fill our voids with everything true and everything we need. Here’s the summary truth of this sere
When I have Christ, I have everything I need.
When I have everything I need in Christ,
I have no more need for counterfeit gods.
PRAYER: Lord, as you have exposed counterfeit gods in my heart, remove them by the power of your Spirit and fill them with every good blessing you love to give. AMEN.
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