ARE YOU A HYPOCRITE?

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY
DEVOTIONAL…
DATE : Friday 1 August 2014
THEME : ARE YOU A HYPOCRITE?
Memorise:
And when thou prayest, thou shalt
not be as the hypocrites are: for
they love to pray standing in the
synagogues and in the corners of
the streets, that they may be seen
of men. Verily I say unto you, They
have their reward.
Matthew 6:5
Read: Mark 7:1-6
1 Then came together unto him
the Pharisees, and certain of the
scribes, which came from
Jerusalem.
2 And when they saw some of his
disciples eat bread with defiled,
that is to say, with unwashen,
hands, they found fault.
3 For the Pharisees, and all the
Jews, except they wash their hands
oft, eat not, holding the tradition
of the elders.
4 And when they come from the
market, except they wash, they eat
not. And many other things there
be, which they have received to
hold, as the washing of cups, and
pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.
5 Then the Pharisees and scribes
asked him, Why walk not thy
disciples according to the tradition
of the elders, but eat bread with
unwashen hands?
6 He answered and said unto
them, Well hath Esaias prophesied
of you hypocrites, as it is written,
This people honoureth me with
their lips, but their heart is far
from me.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : MATHEW
19:1-21:27 and JOB 14:7-17
Message
Hypocrisy is a type of behaviour in
which a person pretends to have
moral standards or opinions, but
does not actually live by them.
Hypocrisy is a decadence
condemned by the church and
society. Paradoxically, its
manifestation is commonplace in
both the church and the society.
The Bible warns against and
condemns hypocrisy in the
strongest terms. Luke 11:44 says,
“Woe unto you, scribes and
Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as
graves which appear not, and the
men that walk over them are not
aware of them.”
Hypocrisy is manifested in many
ways. First, it is manifested in
giving (Matthew 6:1-4). Giving is
good and scriptural. A Christian is
expected to give cheerfully,
abundantly, sacrificially and
lovingly. We should give our time,
money, talents and energy for the
expansion of the kingdom of God
and the furtherance of His work on
earth. However, when giving, a
hypocrite is pretentious. He either
gives sparingly while giving the
impression of abundant giving, or
refuses to give while at the same
time passing off as the best giver.
A hypocrite wants every act of his
giving to be acknowledged in
public. He engages in charitable
work simply for self-aggrandise
ment. Are you a hypocrite? How
do you give? What motives are
behind your acts of charity?
A second area in which hypocrisy
finds expression is in prayer.
Prayer is an obligation, and God
answers prayers. He enjoins us to
ask and instructed us to pray
without ceasing. The hypocrite
prays. He however has a wrong
motive for praying. He cannot be
said to be praying to God. A
hypocrite prays to be seen of men
(Matthew 6:5). Hypocrites do not
engage in secret prayers; they will
only pray where men can see and
acknowledge them as prayerful
persons. What is the motive
behind your prayers? When do you
pray? Why do you pray? How do
you pray? Do you limit your
prayers to places where men can
see or hear you pray? Do you pray
to be acknowledged by men as a
prayer warrior? A third area in
which hypocrisy finds expression is
in fasting. Fasting is scriptural.
Christians should however not be
hypocritical in fasting (Matthew
6:16). A hypocrite fasts in order to
be seen by men. He announces his
fast and does things to make men
acknowledge the fast. This is
unscriptural. Whenever you fast,
let it be between you and God.
Finally a hypocrite is fraudulent.
He is dubious, exploitative and
through pretexts appears to be
religious. Are you a hypocrite?
Action Point:
If you notice any act of hypocrisy
in your life, repent and turn a new
leaf.

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