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  • Writer's pictureSherry Kirkland

You Cannot Serve Two Masters

I'd like to start today by saying, that I see everything in this world as black or white, good or evil, right or wrong, it's either in the Bible or it is not. It is how I simplify my life. It decreases confusion and keeps me out of the many 'grey' areas of life. And when I feel unsure, I take it to God and wait.

When it comes to things of the spirit there are three types of people. There are those of us who don't walk in the spirit at all. They live under their own understanding and by their own rules. They do not yield themselves to and might not even believe in a higher power. I believe that this is where we all start out. Doing the best we can with the knowledge and experience that we've obtained. Doing what we want, how we want and when we want. Living life but not experiencing life.

Then there are those of us who may devote some time to God. Usually a couple of hours, one day a week in most cases. Doing everything we think God requires of us on Sunday morning. Looking the part and acting the part of a good Christian. We may carry our Bibles, pay good offerings and even 'Amen' the pastor. But when we leave the four walls of the church, we immediately fall back into living just like the rest of the world. One foot in the world and the other foot planted in the church building. Feeling good that we are doing our part for the Lord.

Lastly, there are those of us who have built a personal relationship with God. Who have gotten to know Him as more than someone the pastor talks about. Those of us who spend time with Him often. Doing what we can to maintain that connection. Allowing the spirit and lead us and guide us through this life.

Now going back to the title, serving two gods. It's very black and white. You are either serving the Lord or being deceived by the enemy. You have to understand that the enemy wins every time whether you are fully on his side or standing in any of the grey areas. One foot in the world and one foot in church, the enemy is still smiling. You have to chose a side. Who are you going to serve?

You may think that you are okay with God because you do what the pastor is asking of you. But what is God asking of you? You may have convinced yourself that you are good enough but what does your everyday life say to God? It doesn't matter what you say you are doing for the Lord, if you are standing in any of the grey areas, you are not serving who you think.

True and complete change comes with the Holy Spirit. It changes your life from the inside out. It will lead you away from the traps of the enemy and deeper into the truth of God. It will not deceive you and will help you to stay on the straight and narrow path. If you have not received real change in your life, ask God to bless you with His Holy Spirit. Stay steadfast. Have faith, trust and believe and your change will come.

Make the decision, what master are you serving?

Luke 16:13-1513No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 14And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. 15And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

James 1:88A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Matthew 6:22-2422The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 24No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

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