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The Hypocrite Mask

  • He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me. Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, and in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9 WEB

    God loves us, and He will use the least of the least to do incredible things. He has a completely different measuring stick than mankind does. He deliberately chooses the weak, the uneducated, the simple, the outcasts, and He makes the simple fisherman into a miracle working apostle. This is demonstrated all through the Bible:

    "Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled. They recognized that they had been with Jesus. Seeing the man who was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it" (Acts 4:13).

    In that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, and said, 'I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight (Luke 10:21).

    For you see your calling, brothers, that not many are wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, and not many noble; but God chose the foolish things of the world that he might put to shame those who are wise. God chose the weak things of the world that he might put to shame the things that are strong. God chose the lowly things of the world, and the things that are despised, and the things that don't exist, that he might bring to nothing the things that exist, that no flesh should boast before God (1Corinthians 1:26-29).

    We love to be exalted and raised up, but unless we remain the humble, teachable servant that He originally called, we can limit His power in our life. Moses was the most humble man on earth, and also the most powerful man alive (Numbers 12:3). The miracles that God did through Moses are amazing. The Lord tells us: 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit' (Zechariah 4:6). Our strength should come from the Holy Spirit.

    The tendency of an immature Christian, when they start going to church, is to put on a plastic church face that makes everyone think that they have it all together. It's a time honored tradition. We act like we are so holy, an honest-to-God walking Bible that would have made the apostles jealous when they began discussing which of them was the greatest. In reality, we are like white-washed tombs, pretty on the outside, but with an inside full of all types of uncleanness.

    It usually takes years to remove that fake outer shell, and some never do, but God will not use you as long as you wear the hypocrite mask. Yes, religion will try to make you into a hypocrite, an actor, but God looks on the heart, and we can never fool Him. We can be squeaky clean and sharp dressed on the outside, but He sees our true colors shining through the facade.

    So what does all this mean? If you want to be used by God, be real. Drop the pretending. We are not perfect, He is. Your weakness makes you a candidate for His power and people are drawn to the real thing. Be honest. Concentrate less on the do and don'ts, and more on the who He is and what He is like. Pray like He is a friend beside you and not a distant God in outer space that doesn't even know your name. He knows how many hairs are left on your head (Luke 12:7).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for allowing me to know You at all. Please set me free and let me come to know You better. Help me remove every fake coverup in my life and to uncover the real me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you Lord, for all you do for me! Amen! Praise the Lord Hallelujah ❤️
Jun 24
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Amen, thank you Lord for your Grace. 

Jun 24
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

I think God our father for his grace! Amen! #teamJesus

Jun 24
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I Thank You. Make me the way You want me.

Jun 24
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Evan Force
Evan Force

Today’s devotional really resonated with me in several ways.  I ask God to help me be the man He created me to be and to know Him better.

Jun 24
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jun 24
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN. This devotional is so perfect.  I was made fun of by adults, when I was just a child going to church because of my clothes! I didn't want to go to church.  That experience has never left me. But God never left me either. AMEN

Jun 24
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Jun 24
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for loving us.We love and worship you.Jesus you are awesome. Amen 

Jun 24
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen. 

Jun 24
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen please take away all my fake make-up and leave me with you I love you Jesus and need you in my everyday life!

Jun 24
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Jun 24
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

You will be done in my life, Amen.

Jun 24
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Help us get over hurdles my God. Praise God In the name of Jesus Amen 

Jun 24
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jun 24
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

It's funny,  but whenever I try to hide behind that hypocrite mask, people see right through me.Twice I've had parishioners approach me after mass to ask if I was ok.Guess that makes me a lousy actress!

Jun 24
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Our Lord sees us when we are not real, when trying to make others believe we are people of God but He's not fooled. Don't be an actor and just believe and live the real life by believing and following our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Holy name we pray, Amen. 

Pastor, your devotional today is so truthful and a good reminder for us all, thank you. God bless you and Sylvia. 

Jun 24
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen

Jun 24
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Today's message goes hand in hand with Oswald Chambers observation for this day:  We are not fundamentally free; external circumstances are not in our hands, they are in God's hands, the one thing in which we are free is in our personal relationship to God. We are not responsible for the circumstances we are in, but we are responsible for the way we allow those circumstances to affect us; we can either allow them to get on top of us, or we can allow them to transform us into what God wants us to be.  I LOVE how God consistently teaches and reinforces HIS truths!!!  Thanks for your faithfulness to our Lord's message, Pastor Dion!

Jun 24
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Samantha Roach
Samantha Roach

Amen!!

Jun 24
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord, mould me into what You want me to be, in Jesus's name I pray, amen

Jun 24
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jun 24
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! Lord, please help me to be what you want me to be, let my speech, my actions, my gestures be a reflection of You, so that others can see You for who You are, in the name of Jesus, Amen!

Jun 24
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen! Thank you once again for this Devotion today!

 

Jun 26