Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
December 18 Scripture Selection: Amos 4-6
Food for Thought: Amos 6:12,13
One of the biggest mistakes you could ever make is to take full credit for any success as if you had everything to do with it and the Lord had nothing to do with it. The Lord spoke through Amos and rebuked the inhabitants of Zion and Samaria for doing just that.
They claimed that they had taken Karnaim, literally meaning horns, a symbol of strength, “by their own strength.” In addition, they rejoiced over Lo Debar, which literally means nothing. So whatever success they thought they were rejoicing about, and whatever strength they boasted about, was really much ado about nothing. Their so-called successes were only imagined. They were self-deceived and believed they were doing just fine on their own. God was completely irrelevant to them, so they did not give Him thanks and glory.
This is the sinful flaw that the Lord points out in Romans 1:21-22: “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.” The Lord brings it up again in the description of the godless people of the last days in II Tim. 3:2-4: “For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” People who live like that miss out on the joy of the connection with the Father and really live a sad, dark existence without Him.
Anything we have, anything we achieve, it is because of the Lord and the skills that He placed in us. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning (James 1:17).” We owe it all to Him, every bit of it. “Give to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (I Chron. 16:29)!” Give Him credit for all He does as Lord of lords, and your relationship with Him will remain strong.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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