As a reminder, the indices I alluded to can all be seen in Romans 1:18-32 (AMP). I will encourage you to take a look at it for yourself. Another index to be mindful of is idolatry. Well, I am not in idolatry you might be saying, I agree with you, but I need you to think with me for a moment what the definition in the Greek says of the word. Idolatry is “whatever represents the form of an object, either real or imaginary,” referring to a “false god.”
- Worshipping the creation rather than the creator – Idolatry.
- Elijah challenged the people: “How long are you going to sit on the fence? If God is the real God, follow him; if it’s Baal, follow Him. Make up your minds!” Read 1 Kings 18:21 (MSG). Watch this dearly beloved, we are either believers or unbelievers – based on who you believe and whom you obey. The text is clear, and Elijah was making this point vociferously. I recall saying to someone, it is either we are Christians or not at all. Please check my heart on this issue, I am not in any way pointing at you or being critical; I am simply saying, let us stand up and be committed and not to be uncommitted. Remember this, the Bible says, “Examine yourself…” So through this discussion, we are helping examine ourselves in the faith and relationship with God, and with the expectation that we will be challenged to be authentic and credible witnesses for Christ.
- “What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat Him like God, refusing to worship Him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in His hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.” Read Romans 1:21-23 (MSG).
Whatever replaces God in your life has become your idol. It is not because I am saying this, it is because the Bible says so. And there are indicators for you and me to be mindful of so that we do not fall into deception, therefore, let us stop vacillating between two opinions.
Listen to what the Psalmists says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s…” Read Psalm 103:1-5 (KJV).
Lord Jesus, thank You for life, for Your blood flows in and through me. Your life sustains me, giving me a reason to live, and for this Lord, I am eternally grateful.
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