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Persistant Idolatry

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.

Galatians 5:16 (NLT)

The Bible teaches us to respond positively to God's call in our lives. While this call expresses what God will do through us, by the Holy Spirit, for His glory and the building up of His people, many Christians interpret it as what they themselves can do in the name of God to please people. As long as people are satisfied with what they are doing, they believe they have the anointing to continue.

Those who rely on this practice develop what can be called the idolatry of success. The more they are acclaimed and appreciated for what they do, the more they seek to be. They become dissatisfied. They want more acclaim, more glory forgetting that God should be at the center of their gifts/talents or ministry. They seek their own success and, without realizing it, they become idolaters.

I don't want you to ignore that success or personal fulfillment in ministry, when it neglects the will of God, makes us proud, thinking ourselves better than others. We come to believe in our abilities, in our worth, and we lose all relationship with God. Do not let yourself be guided by your desires for success, but walk by the Holy Spirit who will make the glory of God burst within you.

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