Idol worship was characterized by an image. The person had to look at the image, in other words focus his attention on it. The devil still takes our attention from God in many ways. This is idolatry!
Thursday, October 8, 2015
So why they don’t drink from My Fountain of Living Waters? Because they don’t realize that what they are really thirsty for is the living waters. So they are driven by the insatiable need for fulfillment, as it is the term they use. And there they go digging up their cisterns. Some seek to quench their thirst in love. Some seek for fulfillment in riches and possessions. The unemployed one thinks the job will do. The single one thinks marriage will do. Others seek for it in achievements. So they work even harder. But the rewarding feeling lasts only for a few minutes. Yes after the applause, the praise and the medal, it is finished and the thirst starts all over again.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
“And I brought you into a plentiful land to enjoy its fruits and its good things. But when you came in, you defiled my land and made my inheritance an abomination,” Jeremiah 2: 7
In chapter 2 of Jeremiah, God talks about how He brought the Israelites out of Egypt into the promised land only for them to defile His land. The Promised Land is symbolic of the Kingdom of God. It is God’s territory, where He rules, where He dwells. Today those who have been saved from the world(Egypt) and brought to the Kingdom of God are in this promised land. When one enters the Kingdom of God, it is like crossing the Jordan and entering another territory. You have entered into another realm, not the physical but the spiritual.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you and before you were born I consecrated you, I appointed you a prophet to the nations," Jeremiah 1:5
In the first chapter of the book of Jeremiah we see the call of Jeremiah to be a prophet. Here God puts His words in Jeremiah’s mouth. But just what kind of news was Jeremiah supposed to proclaim to the people?
Jeremiah was a young prophet who prophesied in Israel in the time when the Babylonians invaded Jerusalem. They made a siege around Jerusalem for days so that people died of hunger. Then they invaded the city and destroyed the temple burning it to ashes. They carried the valuable items that were in the temple to Babylon. Before these events took place God revealed to Jeremiah His plan to destroy Jerusalem. Yes God admits that He was behind all the disaster that came upon His children. Why? Because of their iniquity. Because of their refusal to repent from their injustice and idolatry.
Friday, October 2, 2015
God has given us all the tools we need to live a holy and separate life. He has given us the Holy Spirit who empowers us to walk in righteousness. But we also have to take major steps to watch our heart and avoid what leads us into temptation.
Put to death therefore what is earthily in you; sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3: 5)
To covet is to excessively desire something or something that belongs to another. People covet Power, Position and Possessions.
The bible equals covetousness to idolatry. Why?