Thursday, July 7, 2016

Mountain Top Temptation!

Then I was told:  These words are true and can be trusted. The Lord God controls the spirits of his prophets, and he is the one who sent his angel to show his servants what must happen very soon.  Remember, I am coming soon! God will bless everyone who pays attention to the message of this book. My name is John, and I am the one who heard and saw these things. Then after I had heard and seen all this, I knelt down and began to worship at the feet of the angel who had shown it to me.  But the angel said, Don't do that! I am a servant, just like you. I am the same as a follower or a prophet or anyone else who obeys what is written in this book. God is the one you should worship.

Revelation 22:6-9

It is thrilling to read the words of the Book of Revelation.  Can you imagine what it would have been like for John to receive this Revelation from an Angel?  It was a “mountain top” experience unlike any other!  

But then, John while still in the presence of the Angel fell down and worshiped the messenger instead of the God who sent him.  From our perspective it seems impossible that the Apostle John would do such a thing.  But when you are at the pinnacle of your spiritual walk, you must be careful not to worship the one who led you to that experience. 

The missionary who brought you the Gospel message and the christians who sent him are not to be worshipped.  The evangelist who proclaimed a soul stirring message that touched the heart of just what you needed in your walk with Jesus, must not be the object of your worship!   

We can even be tempted to worship the Bible itself and make it more important than the One who inspired the message it contains! 

So, when your knees are ready to bend in worship, pause long enough to ensure that you are falling down to worship God and no one else!  It is the greatest temptation when you are on the mountain top!

“Lord Jesus, You are the only one who has ever walked this earth and is worthy of praise and worship.  Give me the strength to always worship You and the Father and no one else!  May You be praised forever.  Amen.”

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