Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Twelve Steps To Heaven (Part 11)
Step #11: Don't Be Bought
Lord, who may abide in Your Tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your Holy Hill?
He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;
He who does not backbite with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;
In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
But he honors those who fear the Lord;
He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
He who does not put out his money at usury...
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
Psalm 15:1-5 (NKJV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ, you're not for sale. 'Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit Who is in you, Whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body' (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Jesus redeemed you (as in bought you back from sin and death).
The price He paid for your freedom is immeasurable. It's the highest price ever paid by anyone for anything. You're worth more than the Sistine Chapel, Apple Computers or a Lamborghini Veneno. They are destined for increasing decay. You are destined for increasing glory.
So don't sell yourself short. God did not cast you to shine in a passing spotlight--only to leave you in darkness as yesterday's news. That's not your role. However, Satan will tempt you to believe that it is--with big names, big fame and big money.
If you take the enemy's bribe, the problem is not just what you're giving up (God's plan), but who you're bringing down (the innocent). Because every artificially sweetened deal brings sickening side effects. The victims are twofold: you, by the deadening of your senses to Christ--and them, by your influence as a bad example.
In the Words of Psalm 15:5, when you sell out, you take 'A bribe against the innocent.' Therefore, 'You shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous' (Deuteronomy 16:19). Because 'A bribe debases the heart' (Ecclesiastes 7:7).
'For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, Who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe' (Deuteronomy 10:17). 'And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’ ' (Deuteronomy 27:25).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Twelve Steps To Heaven series.