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GOLD FOR BRONZE

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Pastor E A Adeboye

Memorize: And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. Gen 3:7

While building and equipping the temple, a huge chunk of gold was kept in the storehouse of the temple. A few years later, after King Solomon’s successor, Rehoboam had sinned, and his heart turned from God, God allowed his enemies to invade the land. At the warning of shemaiah the prophet, all the leaders of the nation together with the King humbled themselves. Although this secured for them a measure of protection and deliverance, they suffered some huge losses.

Worse hit were the golden treasures in both the temple and the King’s palace (2 Chron.12:1-2). One lesson here is that late obedience to God’s instruction might attract some consequences.

Also, misplaced humility may not completely eradicate judgment. That is, when humility comes after an evil deed instead of before, although God may be lenient, the individual may still face some judgment. Never delay your obedience. Has the Lord asked you to do something? Do it with haste! Delay could be dangerous. Similarly, never allow pride to take over your heart because even after you have dealt with it and become humble, you may still reap some of its consequences.

After they lost all golden treasures to the enemy, king Rehoboam was non-chalant. Instead of making conscientious effort to get fresh gold, he used a far less material-bronze. To him, nothing was amiss! “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons”. (Gen.3:7). After Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they lost their heavenly garments. The glory of God which covered them disappeared. They found themselves naked. Like Rehoboam, rather than cry to God for restoration, they patched leaves together and used their rag-like alternative as clothes. Once again, to them nothing was amiss! Today, several original blessings, gifts and graces have been replaced with poor substitutes.

Replacing a life-style of thanksgiving, fervent prayers, and intense regular Bible study with occasional indulgence is dumping gold for bronze. Today, many have lost the power of the spirit. They are left with a form of godliness-religiosity! That is gold for bronze. Many have dumped their genuine salvation for fake salvation. Are you satisfied with the depreciation in your love for God, quality of service, giving, faith in God? That is gold for bronze. Repent today. Go to God and ask for the restoration of your lost gold. Reject all brass substitutes and ask for gold.

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