I know the title is a cliche. But it's so true and relevant when you stop to examine your life.
How do you live as a follower of God? On Sunday we talked about Gideon and how he worked through and overcame fear in order to serve God. He delivered Israel through a great military victory. But in the end his pride caught up to him.
Israel came to him, wanting to make him king. Gideon stood his ground and told them that God would rule over them. But then he turned around and immediately began acting like a king, issuing orders and making a "royal ephod" that he hung up as an idol for the people to worship.
He led the people astray because he didn't "walk the talk." He pretended to be a spiritual leader, even sounding the part, but didn't back his talk with action.
You know you're in trouble when your actions don't line up with your words.
Watch your life closely to make sure you are not seeking accolades and praise from people.
Watch your words closely to make sure you aren't puffing yourself up to gain followers to promote yourself instead of God.