I Will Not Trifle with God

ACTS 5:11 “by this time the whole church, and in fact, everyone who heard of these things had a healthy respect for God. They knew God was not to be ‘Trifled’ with

The reason why this verse excites me so is beyond me. I am literally physically excited about it. I assume I’ve seen it before in passing but hadn’t taken the time to fully understand it.

Today God is almost painted as some fairy granting genie that simply lives to fulfil all of our heart’s wishes and desires, but he needs nothing from us because obviously, he’s there to ‘serve’ us.

And quite frankly it has sickened me to know that in this present times, ‘Christians’ don’t know their God! How can? Then what are you doing? How are you surviving? Whom do you serve?

Before I get too derailed by my musings, it’s very simple what I came across, God is to be revered in ‘AWE’ this could also mean ‘Great wonder’ and isn’t that just right? We have the chance to have a relationship with the creator of the whole ‘entire’ world, and we don’t reverence the time we spend with him? This is assuming we spend any time at all.

God is not to be trifled with, he’s not a magical creature that lives in a magical land that simply grants wishes, neither is he some fat guy who sits on a chair waiting to strike thunder and lightning once angered. He is a powerful creator, innovator, business oriented, contract respecting, word speaking absolutely amazing, simply incredible, super strategic being that knows all and plans for all. And I’m just trying to scratch the surface here.

God is not to be trifled with, he’s a remarkably interesting and interested father, slow to anger and abounding in mercy, covered in light that can’t be comprehended by darkness, fully powerful, needing only his words to set things going and aright. I still haven’t got anywhere but that same surface.

God is not to be trifled with, everlasting King, God of all flesh, (all 7 billion + of them) savior of the whole world, to be honest I’m a bit lost for what to say to convey my message here.

Need I say more though? Haven’t we heard enough about God, seen enough about his works to worship him always in Holy reverence? What more must you see? Didn’t you wake up? What other evidence to you need before you realize that God is not to be trifled with?

I am personally glad that we don’t serve ‘dagon’ an absolutely balance-less god, or ‘baal’ the deaf one, or even ‘asherah’ that’s just straight up creepy and weird.

But we serve an awesome wonder, a father that loves us so much he gave his all to gain us back into his love, he plans for us include A-Z, plan where we have no plan, plan where our plan fails, plan where our plans aren’t activated, plans to save us from ourselves, plans to save us from the devil, plans to save us from any strange desires and wiles and many more.

A free giving King, so giving that he forgives instantly all confessed wrongs, he doesn’t condemn, only corrects. Fearful! Is this God that sits upon the throne in heaven as the angelic hosts, the 24 elders and more are in constant worship of him.

The word trifle, could mean to toy with someone, to waste. When we say God we mean all 3 awesome beings! God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit! (Powerful combination this 3, haven’t seen any like these anywhere)

The most humble being who will never share his glory with anyone, he literally shared everything else with his creation. What more do we need to understand not to trifle with our God?

Give thanks to the LORD because he is good, because his mercy endures forever.”

An Offering

This is it, this is me,

I have nothing to offer you,

I have no money,

I have no special gifts

I have nothing… save myself,

and even that was a gift from you.

I simply give it back to you,

and hope its worth something.

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Law to Grace (Quality Sacrifice)

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I love the grace the death and resurrection of Jesus brought us.

No more are we to offer animal sacrifices to wipe away our sins, show our gratitude, to atone for our misdeeds and clean our uncleanliness

A quick read of the book of Leviticus will explain just how much time, effort, precision, and obedience was dedicated into offering a sacrifice.

Now my point, even if the type of sacrifices we offer to God has been changed, God doesn’t need for the quality of the sacrifice to change.

Then only the high priest was allowed into the Holies of Holies, but not anymore, now we have so free an access it’s like driving down an express road in Abuja.

However, even if so many things are changed, God still requires that we give him our best as sacrifices, I’m talking giving 100% attention, 100% effort, and 100% obedience, we may not slaughter animals anymore but we forget that those sacrifices to an extent were more about Gods relationship with his people than the animals.

God is not looking for people to give him the rest of their time, obedience and effort. He’s looking to be given the best of your time, obedience and effort.

100% all the way!

The fact that we are not offering unblemished 8 day old lambs as thanksgiving offerings, doesn’t mean we can’t give sacrifices that are equally as worthy.