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Religion

What's in a Name Part Four

By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted February 4, 2015

RELIGION – Paul Harvey wrote back in 1965 in a shockingly accurate picture of his world and even more so of ours, a little column entitled “If I were the devil . . . “ I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;

I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man's effort, instead of God's blessings;

I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around;

I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;

I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership;

I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;

I would make it socially acceptable to take one's own life, and invent machines to make it convenient;

I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more than human beings;

I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was grounds for a lawsuit;

I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;

I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the mind of every family member for my agenda;

I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation.

I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so does the nation;

I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it art;

I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their lifestyles should be accepted and marveled;

I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically correct;

I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, and the Bible is for the naive;

I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;

I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are.

It is easy to read this and say “amen.” And then add “our world is going to hell in a hand basket!” (I have never really known what that meant.)   It is easy to bow our heads and say all is lost, but when we do so, we forget the God we serve! This week our name of God is El Elyon or God Most High.

Now the key to this name of God is “most.” I get asked “Most” questions by my sons all the time! “What is the most powerful gun?” “What is the most dangerous animal?” There can be only one answer: only one is the most. Being the most means it is the greatest.So when we think about our God Most High, this means that our God is the most perfect, powerful, wise, kind, good, faithful, creative, generous, happy, patient . . . the list could go on and on. God is greater than anyone or anything.

We can easily forget this! Sometimes blessings can lure us into a dangerous state of self-sufficiency. I think our nation is living in this dangerous state. In Daniel chapter 4 we read about King Nebuchadnezzar. He had been brought to power by God for a purpose and a reason. Instead of being grateful for his position, the king believed his throne and prosperity resulted from his own efforts. He failed to recognize that El Elyon, God Most High, established and removed rulers to fulfill His divine purposes. Daniel warned him that unless he acknowledged the Most High God, he would lose everything. Nebuchadnezzar ignored the warning and suffered El Elyon’s judgment.
 
God showed him how very little and unimportant he truly was. God took away King Nebuchadnezzar’s good mind. He not only forgot he was a king, but even forgot he was a man! He ate grass, lived with the animals, and acted like an animal for a very long time—until his sanity was restored. He then knew that the Most High God rules the whole world. Then the little king saw that God is the greatest King, who rules forever, does whatever He wants, cannot be stopped by anyone, and always does what is good and right.

We may not own a palace or rule a nation, but we can still fall prey to the same danger Nebuchadnezzar did. Material blessings can lead us to believe our prosperity is due to our own efforts. We brag about our homes or our jobs and rest in the security of growing bank accounts.

God Most High does not provide these things for our glory and honor. He blesses us to fulfill His purposes through us. Employment layoffs, accidents, illnesses, and other crises remind us we have less control over our positions and prosperity than we may think.
So we should all give El Elyon, God Most High, all the glory and credit for His blessings. Let us all pray that El Elyon, would use all that we are and all that we have for His glory and His purposes.

Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth. (Psalm 47:1–2)






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