Idolatry is the placing of anything or anyone as first place in our lives and thinking. That place which is reserved for God alone. He is a jealous God and will not share His glory with another.
He is jealous with a cause. Only when He is in first place in our lives will all other things fall into their proper order. He wants the best for us. That best can only occur when He is on the throne, ruling as the sovereign of our lives.
No wonder the Scripture says, “… put to death your members which are on the earth … and covetousness, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5 Indeed we are urged, “Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.” 1 Corinthians 10:14
It is for our good, indeed our very best, that we say NO to idolatry. If as a Christian we set up anything else as the supreme object of our affection, God will remove it in order that we may more clearly see Him.
John Flavel the Puritan put it this way: Whatsoever we have over-loved, idolized, and leaned upon, God has from time to time broken it, and made us to see the vanity of it; so that we find the readiest course to be rid of our comforts is to set our hearts inordinately upon them.
Want to enjoy the nicer things of life? Keep them in their proper place! Make sure God is Number One. Give Him thanks for the many things He has given us richly to enjoy, but don’t idolize them. Just say NO to idolatry.
The celebration of Christmas is like no other in our country. For at least a month in advance people are preparing and looking forward to December 25.
Christmas is the celebration of a baby born over 2000 years ago. Oh, but what a baby. This child born in Bethlehem was no ordinary child. Over seven hundred years in advance of His birth, Isaiah prophesied of His coming. What a first Christmas God was planning! This child would be special in so many ways. This child would be among other things the "Mighty God," the "Everlasting Father," and the "Prince of Peace."
As you celebrate Christmas this year. Be sure to celebrate who this baby really is.
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Our annual Christmas Cantata is set for Saturday, December 17 at 7 PM. This is always a joyous way to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We will have some delicious cookies afterwards.
There is an old expression: "You have made your bed, now lie in it." It means in effect that you will get what you deserve. For example, if you take your paycheck and go blow it at the bar or the casino, you are not going to have much to live on until the next paycheck. What’s more, you will be reaping exactly what you deserve for such a foolish action.
This principle is stated pretty explicitly in God’s word with the expression: "you will reap what you sow." If you sow to the flesh, you can expect to reap corruption. If you sow to the Spirit in seeking and serving God, you will reap peace and blessing. External circumstances may still be grim, but inwardly you will have a peace that is beyond comprehension.
Thankfully, there is one exception to the rule that if you have made your bed, you must lie in it. You may have served sin and self all you life and deserve an eternity in hell separated from God. However it is not too late to get into the other bed that God has made for you.
God’s Son, Jesus, died in your place on the cross. He paid the penalty for your sinful life. He rose from the dead to prove that He is the Son of God, and that the price for your salvation was fully paid. If you will change your mind about your sinful living and accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord, God will forgive your sins and change your life.
Which bed will you choose to lie in?
All these kings and their land Joshua took at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel. Joshua 10:42
Whether they stood and waited as did the Kings of Jericho and Ai, or attacked first as did the Kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon, none could stand before Israel because the LORD their God fought for them.
Is God fighting for you? He is if you belong to Jesus!
This does not mean easy sailing. It does not necessarily mean that God might not display your faith by allowing you to die for the testimony of Jesus.
It does mean that whatever happens it will be for God’s glory and your good! Bask in that knowledge today. Rest in Him!