Saturday, March 23, 2013

Living with the gods

Leviticus 19:4  "Don't turn to worthless gods or cast metal idols. Never make any gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.

In the ancient days people would carve out images from wood or stone; then fall down before the images and worship them. Today we would consider this ludicrous. Modern society does not have time for the one true living God ,and they surely don't have time for man-made idols either. Or do they?

Who are the gods of today that we worship? Where are the idols we carve out of wood or stone?

The sins of man are indicators of the gods they worship. There false hope is placed in there  self- righteousness.  Many don't realize their gods are speaking lies. Zechariah 10:2  The idols speak lies. The fortunetellers see false visions. They speak about false dreams. They give useless comfort. That is why people wander around like sheep. They are troubled because there is no shepherd.

As believers and unbelievers there is the tendency to live with the false gods which have us captured in our own guilt. Many try to break away from their reoccurring sin but can't. The lust for corrupt worship is strong. In fact, it can be intoxicating. We can't break free with our own strength until we are willing to stop living with the gods. People overeat because it makes them feel good. People are sex addicts because of the euphoric feeling it leaves behind. People get caught up in certain kinds of addictions because of the false journey it takes them. Unless we are willing to get rid of our false gods; we can never experience the true hunger for our God.

Galatians 5:16-21  Let me explain further. Live your life as your spiritual nature directs you. Then you will never follow through on what your corrupt nature wants.  (17)  What your corrupt nature wants is contrary to what your spiritual nature wants, and what your spiritual nature wants is contrary to what your corrupt nature wants. They are opposed to each other. As a result, you don't always do what you intend to do.  (18)  If your spiritual nature is your guide, you are not subject to Moses' laws.  (19)  Now, the effects of the corrupt nature are obvious: illicit sex, perversion, promiscuity,  (20)  idolatry, drug use, hatred, rivalry, jealousy, angry outbursts, selfish ambition, conflict, factions,  (21)  envy, drunkenness, wild partying, and similar things. I've told you in the past and I'm telling you again that people who do these kinds of things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Idols or gods among us today are not carved images in a conventional since, but they are still living. They are still corrupting and destroying lives. The source of your sin or the empowerment of your sin comes from your worship to false idols.The only way to overcome is to worship the one true God. The only way to overcome is through Jesus. We don't have to be bound to false idols nor to the idols' control on us through sin. Our nature of holiness has to come from the living God. The more we spend time with Him then our ability to shed the worship of false gods becomes relevant. We don't need to live with the gods ever again. Freedom is in our one true God and freedom has come to us all. 
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