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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Only Human

As Peter entered his home, Cornelius fell at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter pulled him up and said, “Stand up! I’m a human being just like you!”

‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭10:25-26‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When the day arrived, Herod put on his royal robes, sat on his throne, and made a speech to them. The people gave him a great ovation, shouting, “It’s the voice of a god, not of a man!”

Instantly, an angel of the Lord struck Herod with a sickness, because he accepted the people’s worship instead of giving the glory to God. So he was consumed with worms and died.

‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭12:21-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬


As imperfect humans, we love to take credit for things. Even if we don't deserve the credit, we are inclined to take it simply because we love the applause of men and it makes us feel better about ourselves. Simply put, we love to be worshiped.

The scriptures above give us two separate scenarios where the people worshiped Peter and Herod. But the response of these men were very different. Herod gladly took it, but Peter immediately objected to it. Peter knew to give credit where credit was due, Herod did not -- and the result was to Herod's detriment!

As God moves mightily through His Church in these last days, we must remember that all worship is to God alone. We must learn from Peter's example and remind others (and ourselves) that we are only human and that any Power that comes from us is from God. Beware that you do not take credit for something that is not due you.

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