Flattery and praise

With all the sad things that are happening in the world today, such as the Boston bombings, the kidnapping of those three young women for ten years, the Holy Spirit is still working on the hearts of men and women to do good deeds.  Such as the neighbor in Cleveland that assisted in rescuing the kidnapped women.  The enemy of souls, the devil, through the media(instantly designating individuals as heros), likes to take these incidents that was done out kindness to destroy souls. Flattery and praise can be detrimental.

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We need to shun everything that would encourage pride and self-sufficiency; therefore we should beware of giving or receiving flattery or praise. It is Satan’s work to flatter. He deals in flattery as well as in accusing and condemnation. Thus he seeks to work the ruin of the soul. Those who give praise to men are used by Satan as his agents. Let the workers for Christ direct every word of praise away from themselves. Let self be put out of sight. Christ alone is to be exalted. “Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood,” let every eye be directed, and praise from every heart ascend. (Revelation 1:5). – {COL 161.2} – COL 161.2

The Bible tells us that our reward is in heaven (see Matthew 5:12). God in His wisdom tells us in Matthew 6:1-4 “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.”

The created “heroes” have become victims, let us keep them in our prayers, that they may shun all flattery and praise. In these last days let us pray one for another, because “…the devil as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8)  Let us give thanks and praise to the Lord that these women were found alive, and that  the Spirit of God will continue to impress upon hearts to do what is right, but let us remember, that Jesus says “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

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