are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honour and power;
You created everything" (Rev 4:11)
uses human instruments of His choice in revival. We should not
man at the Beautiful gate but in an awful state presented a great
challenge to Peter and John who had just experienced revival fires. God
used Peter and John to perform an instant miracle on this born lame. Folks
were greatly amazed and they ran to Peter and John. When Peter saw it he
said, "Why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or
godliness we had made this man walk?" (Acts 3:12). Both the preachers
and the people are responsible to see that no man is idolized.
unusual to the military way of saluting, Cornelius fell down at Peter's
feet and worshipped him. "But Peter lifted him up, saying, Stand up;
I myself am also a man" (v 26). The vehicle which brings God's
blessing should not be worshipped. Peter rightly said, I am also a man!
used Paul to heal a born cripple at Lystra. The people were highly excited
and they shouted, "The gods have come down to us in the likeness of
men!" (Acts 14:11). They brought garlands for Paul and Barnabas and
were even getting ready for sacrifices! The reaction of the apostles
deserves our attention. They tore their clothes and cried out, "Men,
Why are you doing these things?" (vv 14,15). God alone is worthy and
we should never touch His glory. Let's protest all religious showmanship.
God sends revival with a "concern for His holy Name!" He told
the people of Israel, "I do not do this for your sake, but for My
holy Name's sake" (Ezek 36:21,22). Christ must be the centre of all
was closer to Jesus than all the other disciples. Yet he found it so
difficult to learn the truth that God alone is to be exalted and
worshipped. Being excited over the prophetic revelations he received
through the angel, he fell down and worshipped him. Poor thing, the angel
had to teach John the kindergarten lesson, "Don't worship me, worship
God!" (Rev 19:10). He repeated this blunder in the last chapter of
the Bible also (22:8,9). Fortunately there is no 23rd chapter lest John
worships the angel again! During times of revival when the Holy Spirit is
outpoured there may be several prophetic revelations. Beware of
worshipping a prophet!
the Saviour! Angels, crown Him! Rich the trophies Jesus brings:
the seat of power enthrone Him, while the vault of Heaven rings!