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There is a difference between God and gods. There are many false gods. Who are your gods? The devil is the god of this world, as evident of mankind’s worship of all things sin. They choose him, to be blinded.
2 Corinthians 4:4 “in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
While satan* rules this earth, he is not in control unless you give him control. In essence you worship him when you worship a sin and it controls you.
Some worship lying, they will con you out of your last dollar. They will trick you into taking the side of wrong, they will lead you to believe in false data. They mess with your mental focus. The Bible tells us who is the father of deceit, satan*.
Some worship the flesh. Ignoring all other aspects of their being… mental, emotional and spiritual, their focus is all things physical. Instead of spirituality being foremost it is last or nonexistent. The physical controls their mental and emotional to the point of deprivation.
Many worship materialistic gods; houses, cars, boats, sports, money. Their gods control their decisions leaving them in patterns of habitual sin. Not all things are sinful but, prioritizing them to the point of worshipping them is sinful. They confuse wants with needs.
Although many prioritize everything above God, in essence making satan* their god, their priorities and satan* are not God. “The One, I Am” is God. God won the war over sin for all who believe Jesus came, lived, died and rose again as their Savior.
All of us have a void in us that occurred with the fall of man. When God left, the emptiness of life without Him began. Mankind tries to fill their emptiness with all sorts of gods. The only filling of that void comes when The Holy Spirit fills it after we accept Christ as our Savior.
Sadly, many Christians take control of their life and try to replace the Holy Spirit, ignoring the Power He gives, leaving a sense of emptiness again. The Holy Spirit is still there, willing an able to replace your substitute gods.
“The One, I Am” is God. He won for man the war over sin once and for ALL. All who believe Jesus came, lived, died and rose again as their Savior are victors with Christ.
Who are what are your gods today. Is God Lord or, are you and your gods in charge?
*lower case because he is one.
We all shy away from the image of bowing down before an idol. We do not worship images, statues, people, right? I mean we obey the First and Second Commandments don’t we? There are no golden idols in the house, no fetishes; so we have these commandments covered. In 2nd Chronicles 15:8, Asa took courage and went throughout the whole land of Judah and Benjamin and even the cities he had captured, removing the DETESTABLE idols.
I wonder what would happen if we took this commandment to heart and went through our home, our lives, and removed the “detestable idols”. What is an idol according to the word of God?
In his book, Counterfeit Gods, Tim Keller says: “An idol is whatever you look at and say, in your heart of hearts, “If I have that, then I’ll feel my life has meaning, then I’ll know I have value, then I’ll feel significant and secure. It is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give.”
I would also say it is ANYTHING that takes away from the time you have for God. What comes before God, before time in His word, time to pray and intercede for others? Sleep? TV? Food? Computer time? Games? Pet? Maybe they are not golden images that you face and bow down to but they’re idols just the same if you do not take the time first for God. We will spend an hour on FB but say we do not have time to do something at the church, or time to read His Word. We have time to get a cup of coffee with a friend, go to a movie, or workout at the gym, yet we do not have time for Him. None of those things are bad in and of themselves, but their priority placement makes them idols. Sometimes it is not removing something so much as it is prioritizing them. My family is my priority, but God is first in that I spend time in the Word and prayer, even praying for them.
When you do not have time to read His word, but you have time to text, FB, play a game, do a crossword, you are placing an idol before Him. When will you have the courage to remove your idols?
Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.”
Where did the gray come from? Are there gray areas in the Bible? In today’s society we are taught to be politically correct and tolerant, there is no black and white, all is gray. Raising kids in these times is a struggle. The world is far more vocal in their life view than the church. While the world agrees on some black/white issues like murder and stealing, the majority of the 10 commandments are so blurred in the eyes of the world that our children must be guarded with truth at home, church and everywhere in between.
Do you remember learning the 10 commandments at church and getting an award? Again, we need to get back to teaching our children the basics. Yes, the 10 commandments are Old Testament, and we are not saved by laws but, by His grace. But, Jesus taught the Ten Commandments in the way He lived and talked. Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-18, ” 17Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” We live our lives under adherence to these laws by God’s grace. We should teach our children the 10 commandments by the way we live.
Learning and teaching the Ten Commandments is too broad a concept for a single post. I have written a much more expanded section on the Ten Commandments and added it as a ‘tab’ on my menu. Even this is not a full understanding of all the Commandments encompass.
Can you name them?
2. Do not worship idols – what are you teaching your children about worship?
3. Do not misuse God’s name – do your children see your CHRISTian walk, and does it misuse His name?
4. Keep the Sabbath holy – what do your children know about the Sabbath from your life?
5. Honor your father & mother – are your children learning to honor God by your honoring your parents? Do they honor you?
6. Do not murder – are you teaching your children anger and murderous thoughts?
7. Do not commit adultery – will your children understand the sanctity of marriage from what they see in your life today?
8. Do not steal – are you teaching your children to be good stewards of the blessings God has given you?
9. Do not lie – has your child learned about truth and purity from your actions?
10. Do not covet – does your lifestyle and mindset show your children the difference between needs and wants?
The commandments must be taught to your children as patterns for their life and guidance for their attitudes towards others. Do not wait for someone at church to teach them God’s truths. You are their stewards.
Again, I encourage you when you have time to click on the tab above for the Ten Commandments and read further about teaching your children what God says about the Commandments.
*satan – I know people capitalize the “S” but, I don’t. I refuse to give him any status of importance. He’s a snake, so satan, devil, etc. are lower case, as he is one.