E100 Devotion – Day 50

June 24, 2012

Reading: Malachi 1:1-4:6

Malachi starts off reminding Israel that they are loved by God and have been from their beginning as His people. God starts with love first because it’s His priority, not judgment. They started off giving God their best, and then little by little, began to compromise the quality of their commitment.

As leaders we don’t just set goals, we set standards. When our standards begin to decline, it shows our values are declining. God calls declining standards polluted offerings. Our worship becomes polluted when we lower our standards.

Are we giving what God asked or what we decided? Are we serving God or are we serving our own needs? Do we do all that we do in the church for God or for the approval of others? Have we quit serving because we couldn’t get along with others or because it wasn’t convenient?

When our standards begin to decline in our relationships it doesn’t go unnoticed by God. He was angry for how spouses were treated and esteemed because marriage was a covenant between a man and a woman and God. Marriage is a covenant of fidelity where we commit ourselves to one person as unto the Lord.

Insincere words to the Lord weary Him. We must show God that we value Him in all that we say and do. We can’t want one thing and pray for another. We can’t fail to preserve the truth by making it fit what we want instead of what God wants. These were the issues of the day for Israel and these are the same issues of our days.

God will challenge compromised standards and hypocrisy. He sends the Elijah anointing that confronts compromise and hypocrisy. We see this historically in America in the Great Awakenings when revival came to challenge compromised nations.

Critical words spoken against God are heard by God. Compromised standards will face judgment if we don’t repent and raise them in our lives, in our families and in our nation. Judgment will otherwise come in full force.

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