We have all met individuals with a charismatic personality. These individuals are eloquent, persuasive and smooth talkers with abundant knowledge of God’s Word. They have their Bibles, shirts, necklaces and other outward appearances to sway you into thinking that they are extremely religious. They can even quote many Scriptures and reference other’s religious sayings on social media since Sunday after Sunday they park themselves in their church pews. These individuals can bring the erupting volcano of emotions to convince you that they are true, genuine followers of Christ.
When I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was nine, I have never doubted at anytime that I was going to spend eternity with Jesus. However, I have questioned and even been down right pushy with Him about certain situations and circumstances in my life since I made my profession of faith.
In the book of Esther, Mordecai knew first hand what it was to have Haman, the instigator, call him a troublemaker.
Haman was an extremely arrogant leader under King Xerxes. He was consumed with hatred for Mordecai and his people, the Jews. Esther 3:5-6 – When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged. Yet having learned who Mordecai’s people were he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes.
Psalm 119:125 – I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.
We need discernment so we can understand and apply Scripture where we need help. God’s Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path, Psalm 119:105. However, God’s Word only goes to work when we apply the lessons, commands and examples to our lives.
Psalm 119:18-19 –Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me.
Were Judas or Peter flawless men? Am I a flawless person? The Christian life is a process of becoming more and more like Christ. In the process of becoming, we must overcome.
Sometimes what we are tempted to do is not wrong in itself. Eve wanted to be like God. This is humanity’s highest goal. However, Satan misled Eve concerning the right way to accomplish this goal. He told her that she could become more like God by defying God’s authority, by taking God’s place and deciding for herself what was best for her life. Satan told her to become her own god.
Am I a true disciple and follower of Christ, or am I an uncommitted pretender?
It has been over three painful, heart breaking, years since someone I love dearly has called me a hypocrite and other cutting hurtful words. As I unfolded the letter that this individual wrote, I was frozen. I could not believe that I was reading this type of letter from this individual. The words that were in this letter could not be from this person.
The cutting words not only stabbed my heart but it was the statement after the cutting words that have torn my heart into a million pieces. I was told that our relationship could not be restored. There was no explanation for either the cutting words or for our relationship to be cut.
Hypocrite- pretense of piety, insincerity, pretender, false appearance of virtue
A hypocrite is a person who puts on religious behavior in order to gain attention, approval, acceptance, or admiration from others. They are people who do good acts for appearance only not out of compassion or other good motives. Actions may be good but their motives are hollow.