I am not too thrilled with this definition of Idolatry, from the dictionary, because it does not mention, that it is offensive to God. We don’t talk too much about “Idolatry” in the church, or on Christian television. But it is something that is mentioned quite often in the Bible, with examples, and it offended God.
For, if we really think about it, we can relate it, to what God sees. And he sees, that we place a lot of things above him. Even now….Lord, help us to see this, even here as I pray, in my Prayer of Hope.
This “Just My Thoughts” posting, is not, to condemn anyone. Because if anything, it must start with me, to write something, that will express, just an awareness. But not condemnation, There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ. Romans 8:1. But if it convicts us, to open our eyes, to be aware, to see where we might be going wrong, to turn away from that, then I am doing my job. And so, I must even say here, that I myself need to be careful of this, in my walk with my Lord Jesus.
When I was just a little girl, I was aware of this. For in our searching for a church, (see in my posts, “Its not Religion its Relationship,” ) I was introduced to a church, that would bow down to statues. As a young little girl, my mother had been teaching me the Ten Commandments. Something, I recommend, we teach all of our children…… The Bible also tells us that we should do that…Deuteronomy 6:7
Anyway, the first commandment, God gives us, is “Thou shalt not have any other Gods before me.” Deuteronomy 5-8. Then right after that scripture, another commandment, Thou shalt not make thee any graven image or any likeness, of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them…. Now I know this may offend some people, but I need to say this, because this is something, we need to look at further, and as I under lined it, because God mentions this. I have to ask….Is there something you bow down to? Of an image of someone? Even a photo….or a graven image, like a charm or something. Another thought though is….One could, have an idol, I guess, and relate it to someone who is dead, or someone who is in heaven who did good works…saints etc. And then, there are some people, who are really into their angels and I believe in angels too, But I don’t pray to my angel, and I certainly do not bow to them. That scripture is pretty specific, and we need to take it to heart, and in obedience.
See, we have to be aware, and see who is in charge, and that is God. And he says in that same chapter, that he is a jealous God. (See my post on “Why God is jealous”) So is there something we have turned into an idol? Anyway, the thing, I want to do here, is just make us aware of what we are spending our time on, our energy, our resources, and yes even our money. Are we making these things into idols, and they take time from God? Are we putting them before God? Do we insist, on doing these things, especially if they are hurting our spirits? The thing is I believe, we need to know, and make note of these things, and ask God, to help us, and to turn from them. And I am not saying all of these things are bad. Some would be, if it controls you, like substances, drinking, smoking, etc. Drugs. These would be idols, that have you in bondage. But it is bad, if it stops your blessings, and your relationship from God flowing.
But I am also talking about things that we may normally do, that take the place of God. For an example….in the morning, what is your first action? Do you turn the television on, or do you pray? Do you spend your tithes and offerings, before you give? Would you rather go to a sports event, then to church?….
I think if we really study ourselves, we can find ways to improve, in our walk with God, to see if there are things, that are taking priority, that we are turning into idols.
Something to think about….Just my thoughts, and in his love, Elena Ramirez
FOR OF THIS YOU CAN BE SURE: NO IMMORAL, IMPURE, OR GREEDY PERSON-SUCH A MAN IS AN IDOLATER-HAS ANY INHERITANCE IN THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST AND OF GOD.
A Prayer of Hope….
Father, I pray, that we would look at this, and see, if there is anything we are spending so much time, on that it is turning into an idol. Strangely, I am even thinking of worry, how we can get consumed in the habit of it, and it becomes an “idol” Lord, I pray this for myself as well, to be oh so careful, not to put anything above you. In my relationship with you. Yes, I know you are a jealous God, and you are teaching me what you like and do not like, in your beautiful personality. I do not want to offend you. That is why, I am so glad for your word, your truth, the holy gospel, the Bible, that teaches us all what you like, what your commandments are, and I know, as we take to heart, this, in obedience, it is only for our good, and does us all good. Lord, I pray, never to offend you in this, thank you for teaching me your commandments, even at an early age. To not have any idols before you. Thank you, that my relationship with you, is based on what Jesus Christ did, and by his blood, I have access to your throne, in relationship with you. I do not have to go through any rituals, but your love, and truth. In Jesus name, Amen
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