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    Devotional from Paul Tripp

    November 4, 2015
    The following is a page from Paul Tripp's devotional book "New Morning Mercies - A Daily Gospel Devotional".  Buy this book! It is a fantastic way to start your day! Paul's insights are compelling and motivational. I am challenged every time I open this book.   This entry is for October 31 - he talks about how we can easily fall into the pit of masquerading our Christian faith. Read this and think about it.

    From Paul Tripp:

    From: Paul Tripp's devotional book: “New Morning Mercies” for October 31

     

    Be aware that the kingdom of self is a costume kingdom. It does a perversely brilliant job of masquerading as the kingdom of God.

     

    Spiritual fakery is one of the chief tools of the enemy It is one of the key ingredients of spiritual blindness. This is why we read the warning in Matthew 7:15: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” The kingdom of self is very skilled at wearing the clothing of the kingdom of God. So:

     

    • A focus on material things can masquerade as good stewardship of your possessions.

    • Loving personal control can masquerade as using God-given leadership gifts.

    • Anger can masquerade as having a heart for what is right.

    • Self-righteous legalism can masquerade as loving God’s law.

    • Building your own ministry empire can masquerade as a commitment to the expansion of God’s kingdom.

    • Fear of man can masquerade as a sensitive heart toward the needs of others.

    • Selfish attention-seeking cari masquerade as being candid about your needs.

    • judgment and criticism can masquerade as a commitment to honesty

    • Theological pride can masquerade as a commitment to God’s truth.

    • A craving to be known and respected can masquerade as a commitment to ministry.

    • Bondage to the opinions of others can masquerade as a commitment to community

    • Lust can masquerade as a celebration of the beauty of God’s creation.

    • Gossip can masquerade as a prayerful concern for others.

     

    It really is true—the kingdom of self is a costume kingdom. This is because one of the enemy’s most useful tools is the ability of wrong to imitate right. Couple this with our natural propensity to spiritual blindness and you end up with personal spiritual confusion. It is scary to think of the number of times we think We are serving God when we’re actually serving ourselves, or the number of times we think we are worshiping God when we’re actually giving worship and service to some aspect of the creation.

    The masquerading nature of sin plays to the fickleness of our idolatrous hearts. So what is often is not what We think it is, and the masquerading idol has no power at all to deliver to our hungry hearts what Jesus alone can give us. Only God can give us insight into our hearts and free us from our bondage to the little costume kingdom of one.