2 Kings 16:1-20:20

2 Kings 16:1-20:20

2 Kings 20:3Vintage message from August 13, 2000.

Are we worshipping God in our own way or are we worshipping God the way God has asked us to worship Him? …When you step outside of honoring God the way God has asked to be honored, let me tell you, God has a set standard even for us today. He tells us to worship Him in spirit and in truth, and how will we know what the truth is unless we dig into His Word to find the truth?…

Is there anything that we as a people, who say we trust God, can do that God does not see in us? One of the things that I find within the church in this nation is there are a lot of Christians who are secretly sinning and living against God. They are hoping that their lives are hidden enough that the people around them won’t see so, therefore, they’re safe. Understand, we do not need to worry about the judgement of the church, and I realize that the church can be awful judgmental at times but, believe me, God has set a standard, and regardless of the hypocrisy (and I hear people say all the time, “Well, the people in the church, the people around me, are just hypocrites — yes, in fact, we are hypocrites because we all have sin in our life that God is trying to deal with). But understand, nothing, nothing is hidden from God. He knows the secret things that we do. He knows the secrets we try to keep…

God has called us to be a light to a nation. God has called us to be an example to the people around us. And if our hearts are not given over to God, understand, we will become worthless to God, and we do not want to be a worthless people…

God does remember when we are faithful to Him. God knows how we are faithful to Him. God knows when our hearts are wholly devoted to Him, and He looks at that… And I have to ask today, how many times has God proven Himself to us as a people, has proven Himself to us as a church, has proven Himself to us as a nation? He has shown Himself faithful time and again, but we as a people and a nation have been unfaithful to God… It’s very important that we understand that God honors faithfulness even in a few. We do not have to be unfaithful to God. We do not have to live in secret sin… We today have no excuse because when Jesus left us, He left us the promise of God’s Holy Spirit… We have an advantage… We are equipped to live whole-heartedly for the Lord… We can bring ourselves before the Lord and get rid of the secret things that we would worship.

Pastor Dave Elkins