Posts Tagged ‘defeating idolatry’

Humble Yourselves

September 9, 2014

Humble Yourselves

2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.

What is the key to God’s blessing? How can we pray so that God answers?

There is one way. This is not a formula, but this is what this verse shows us to do:

Humble ourselves. That is, if we recognize that we can’t do anything worthwhile without God’s help, God will bless. When we do things on our own, they may succeed, but they will have no worth.

Pray. Talk to God. Confess your sins. Thank him. Praise him. Pray for others. Let God know about everything that is in your heart.

TO BE CONTINUED:

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Worshiping An Idol

May 12, 2014

Worshiping An Idol

 

Exodus 32:4: Then Aaron took the gold, melted it down, and molded it and tooled it into the shape of a calf. The people exclaimed, “O Israel, these are the gods who brought you out of Egypt!”

 

Carly’s house had more souvenirs posters than any of her friends. All of them were about one person: Elvis. There was one of Elvis standing by a car. Another of his face, huge and smiling, right in the middle. Over on another wall, one of him strumming a guitar. Little figurines of him and his wife. A lamp with his face on it. And also signed photos worth many dollars.

 

She had something about Elvis for just about every occasion, including salt-shakers, dinner plates, and glasses. When she stepped into her house each day after work, Elvis’s songs came on. She felt close and loved by him, even though she’d never met him.

 

What was Carly’s problem? Some people like Carly very nearly worship the idols they find in the music world, movie world, TV world and so on.

 

An idol can be anything. In Hebrew times it was an actual sculpture or image. In our days, it could be money, popularity, pleasure, a movie hero or something else that catches our attention. How do you know if something in your life has become an idol? By how much you think about that thing or person. By how much you spend on buying stuff related to them.

 

Have you fallen prey to an idol? Turn back to God and tell him you want to give him first place in your life.

 

Prayer: Father, remove the idols from