Stop Trying To Be Like God Just Do The Works of God.

In Isaiah 14 it speaks about the Star of the morning, the son of the dawn. This is referring to the devil. The devil said that he would be like God. That was his ambition and it was also his downfall.

‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ “Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, to the recesses of the pit. Isaiah 14:14-15

There were two lies that the devil told Eve in the garden, which convinced her to eat of the forbidden tree. The first was that she would not die and the second was that she would be like God.

The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Genesis 3:4-5

With these two verses in mind, please read the following passage from Philippians chapter 2 and thank God for an open heart and eyes and ears to hear. So you will understand what this message is revealing to you.

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond- servant, and being made in the likeness of man. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8

Ever since the day, Eve and her husband Adam became aware of the knowledge of good and evil, man has been cast into the role of doing for himself what God had intended to do. Think about this. In the garden, God made every provision for man. So, man outside of the garden, void of God, had to make provision for himself. God never intended that man would have to provide for himself, however, that was a consequence of sin. Man became independent, self-sufficient and because he knew right from wrong, fear overcame him and he sought to rectify, or reinstate his position with God. From the fall in the garden, man has tried to become right with God from man’s own effort.

Man is trying to live separated from God, in a role that belongs only to God. This is the lie. You will not die. You will be like God.
I want to jump ahead a little bit here and explain what is going on with man, you and me, in this world today. Everything we do in the world is motivated by the two lies in Genesis 3.

The first lie was that man would not die. The truth is, man did die. To die in this case not only meant a physical death that did eventually come about but it also meant spiritual death. It was complete separation from God. This spiritual death left man with a void, a vast emptiness, where the Spirit of God had once been. Man was dead.

The second lie was that man would be like God. Even though man achieved the knowledge of good and evil. Man could not become like God. Even though man had the knowledge, man didn’t have the power to control the knowledge. Having the knowledge of good and evil could not fix the problem. This is proven in when man saw he was naked, he tried to do good and cover himself out of shame.

And so, seeing they were naked, they hide themselves and sewed fig leaves together to hide their nakedness.

Sewing the fig leaves was man’s very first attempt to rectify the situation, to come back into a right standing with God. Man did not have the power to make it right. Knowledge of good or not.

These two lies have an effect on our lives to this very day. Man is void of God, spirituality dead, so everything man does is to try to fill that emptiness. Money, Sex, Drugs, Power, Fame, and all the rest are man’s attempt to fill his emptiness. In this case, man is trying to do something that only God can do.

Also man, knowing the difference in-between good and evil continually tries to do good in an attempt to become right with God. As I mentioned before, the problem is that man could never be like God and does not have the power to control good or evil.

Some of you may say, Yes man can do good. In man’s own eyes this may seem so. Some can do things that seem to be good. Acts of kindness, heroism and selflessness, all seem good in man’s own eyes, but let’s see what Jesus said about man’s ability to do good.

As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. Mark 10:17-18

The truth is, when man tries to fill themselves with what only God can fill, or tries to do good and not evil to set things right with God, it is man’s attempt to do what only God can do. Man is trying to become like God…

I want to go back to Philippians 2:5-8

In verse 5 is says, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus”. To have the same attitude as someone else means to have the same mindset. Even though Jesus was fully God, in the form of man, He didn’t regard equality with God a thing to be grasped. This is the attitude, the mindset we need to have. The lie was, you will be like God. The truth is, being equal to God is something man cannot grasp.

When Jesus came in the form of sinful man, He emptied Himself. What this means is, He set everything that was of Himself aside. He let go of self. To have the same attitude as someone, also means to be in the same position as them. Jesus set who He was aside, He set His self-will aside. This is also the same attitude, position we need to be in. We need to empty our self.

Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient. To have the same attitude as someone, you also have to have the same disposition as they do. Jesus humbled himself by becoming obedient. This is also, the same attitude and disposition we need to have. We need to become humbled.

Most people have an idea of being humble as being not proud, arrogant or modest. Although the word does say that God opposes the proud. This is not what is meant by, Jesus humbled Himself. To understand this better, you need to know, what humbled used as a verb means. Humbled is used as a verb, in the Greek text, is the word tapeinoō and means to make low. In English it means to lower in condition, importance, dignity, to destroy the independence, power, or will of self.

So, when Jesus humbled himself, He literately set aside His importance, His dignity, His independence, power and will. Jesus gave up His own self will.

Again, I want to point out, that man does not have the ability nor the power, to control good or evil. Paul describes this in Romans 7, but that will be another lesson. Also, man doesn’t have the ability nor the power to become right with God.

This is why, Jesus came in the form of sinful man and gave up His self-will to die on the cross. So that we could be reunited in Spirit with God. So we could be in right standing (righteous) with God. So that we could be in the place that God had intended from the beginning. Jesus could have stopped Hid death any time he wanted to, but he choose to become a bond-servant, humbling Himself and dying on the cross.

The problem is, that so many Christians are still trying to be like God. They are trying to do what only God can do. I pray that you get this. You cannot do enough good to be right with God. You cannot stop doing enough evil (stop sinning enough) to be right with God. You can never have hive enough money, enough sex through fornication, do enough drugs or have enough fame or power to fill the void where God belongs. Only God can do that. And He has already done it by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. In the same way. You can never attend church enough, give to the poor enough, read your bible enough or stop sinning enough to become right with God.

Stop trying to do Gods work. Stop trying to be like God. Have the attitude of Christ. Do not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped. The only way to do this is to empty yourself. Set yourself aside, get rid of your independence and self-will and become dependent on God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. In doing this you will be doing the works of God.

Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” John 6:28-29

Take this to heart. It is not about how much work you do for God. It is by grace that you have been saved and it is not of yourself. It is only about believing In Him (Jesus Christ) whom He sent. Believing in Jesus is the only work we need to do.

“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them”. Ephesians 2:1-10