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God’s Word will Do What It Says

We continue today to see what God says to us about His Word. Our Father is self-revealing and His instructions to us concerning the manner in which we approach, rely on, and trust in His word is life changing.  It is our daily strength and our future assurance.  (Do not let the fact that you may already know some of these Scriptures quite well diminish your wonder and awe at the truth of them!  Familiarity sometimes breeds complacency.  Always approach our Father’s Word with fresh wonder for there is always more to understand.  Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal more about what you already know today.)

God is watching, “alert and active” to see that His Word is fulfilled (Jeremiah 1:12)   He promises that His Word will not return to Him void; that it will accomplish what it was sent for and, in fact, will prosper in the thing for which He sent it (Isaiah 55:11)He also tells us in Numbers 23:19:

God is not a man that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man that He should feel repentance or compunction (for what He has promised.  Has He said and shall He not do it, or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?[Emphasis mine]

Once again, allow the Truth of this Scripture to inform the way you look at God’s Word.  Those who know God will prosper.  My good friend and sister-in-Christ, Lisa, leaned on the Truth of these Scriptures when her oldest son was involved in a serious automobile accident.   Faith in the enduring and eternal promises of God’s Word walked her through those moments when medical prognosis for survival was bleak.  Leaning the entire weight of her personality on the Truth – that God has promised and He will do it, He has spoken and He will make it good – carried her, joyfully, through days when fear knocked at the door. She knew the faithfulness of Him Whom she served; she understood that God’s Word would not return to Him void, but that it would prevail in her son’s life.  And, of course, it did.  He is well and strong today, testifying to the goodness of God.

How profoundly important it is to equip our spirits with God’s Word.  Lisa could stand securely in that place of absolute assurance because she had done the necessary preparatory work.  She had filled her heart and her mind with the Word of God.  She had daily become more intimately acquainted with her Heavenly Father.  She knew that He was forever faithful to His promises – and what these promises were. In the safety of today, equip yourself with the Word of God to prosper in your tomorrows.  Plant those incorruptible faith seeds.

 

God’s Word on the subject:    (3 faith seeds)

Numbers 23:19            Isaiah 55:11            Jeremiah 1:12

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Settling It Once and For All

Many approach the Bible as literature, or as a history of the Jewish people, or as a representation of one of the many world religions. But unless and until you approach it reverently for what it really is – the Word of God to us; God talking to us about Who He is and Who He wants to be in our lives – you will never fully experience the reality of His promises, its power and its life-changing ability.

So today, and for the next several days, let’s gather Scripture together and reflect upon what God says about His Word.  We have already looked at some of these Scriptures in previous entries, but when you gather them together in one place, you see the full, complete Truth of its power on your behalf.  Approach these gems each day with a recognition of their truth and power.  They are, as we have already seen, incorruptible seeds.

And these seeds concerning the Word itself, when planted in the nutritious soil of faith, will radically inform your approach to every other promise of God.  Once you have established for yourself the absolute and undeniable Truth and living power of His Word through these Scripture verses you will find yourself seeking earnestly to discover all that is “hidden” for you in the word – as mining for silver and gold (Proverbs 2:4)!

Always remembering that God’s Word is “alive and active” (Hebrews 4:12), as you gaze upon the Truth offered in today’s Scriptures, let them create a new way of approaching God, His Word, and your reliance upon it.

God’s Word, He tells us, stands forever (Isaiah 40:8)It is eternal and stands firm in the heavens, and His faithfulness continues throughout all generations (Psalm 119:89-90).   It is incorruptible and imperishable (1 Peter 1:23)

Do you know of any other thing in life that can claim this?  Mighty empires which assume a “forever” existence have all fallen.  Men have fashioned and constructed magnificent edifices only to see them reduced eventually to rubble.  Herod built a temple that was renowned in the “civilized” world of that time.  When one approached Jerusalem it could be seen glittering and gleaming in the sunlight due to the white marble of its walls.  The size of 20 football fields and surrounded by a thousand columns, were it not destroyed by fire in AD 70, it might well have been considered on of the 7 wonders of the ancient world.  The fire was so strong that it caused the gold on the inside and the outside of the walls to melt and run into the cracks between the stones, Herod’s desire to be known throughout eternity through his ambitious building project thwarted!

In “Ozymandius”, Percy Bysse Shelley gives us perhaps the definitive look at the hubris of desiring man-made works and human accomplishment to go on forever.  Coming across the ruin of an edifice in the desert, a traveler sees a plaque attached to it:

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings.

Look on my works ye mighty and despair!”

Nothing beside remains.  Round the decay

Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,

The lone and level sands stretch far away.

And yet God tells us here in these 4 faith seeds that you can rely on His Word and His promises enduring forever.  What He says, what He has promised, is forever established. These Truths are foundational to your faith walk, for it is how you approach and revere and comprehend as true the Word of God that defines your day-to-day walk in the spirit.

 

God’s Word on the subject:  (4 faith seeds)

Isaiah 40:8             Psalm 119:89-90,96 

 1 Peter 1: 23, 25   

The Love of God Impels Us

How many of us truly walk in the knowledge of, and, much more importantly, daily experience the love of God, the power of His Word, the Truth and manifestations of His promises?  That’s where the joy comes from!  And that joy is a large part of our testimony.

So many women that I have met and known acknowledge their faith in God, but do not walk in the power, or the joy, of that knowing.  They allow their faith to inform their moral selves, but not to set at liberty their spirits.

Dry and lifeless, unfruitful and stagnant.  How can these words describe a daughter of God?  God’s Word is always so full of plenty: “rivers of living water” (John 7:38), abundant life” (John 10:10), “Rejoice, it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom” (Luke 12:32), “More than conquerors” (Romans 8:37), “prosperous” (3 John 1:2) and “overflowing with joy” (2 Corinthians 7:4).  The Amplified Bible continually tells us that we are “blessed, happy. fortunate and to be envied”.

Rather than fighting for your right to be sick, poor, disillusioned, defeated, or confused by attending to, and tuning in to conditions in your life – attend rather to God’s Word, tune in to the Holy Spirit and His guidance, teachings and admonitions.  That will dramatically alter and re-focus your days.  It is God’s love that impels you.    See yourself reflected in the mirror of the Word (2 Corinthians 3:18). See yourself today joyful, complete, loved and lovable, fruitful and peaceful – your life hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)

 

God’s Word on the subject:

2 Corinthians 5:14             Colossians 3:3

Praying Scripture Prayers

We have a Scriptural mandate to pray the Word of God over any and every life situation.   As with all activity in the realm of the Spirit, our permission (instruction, authority) to do this comes from God’s Word:

Isaiah 62:6 …you who [are His servants and by your prayers] put the Lord in remembrance [of His promises], keep not silence.

God tells us that He watches over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12), that He holds His Word even above His Name (Psalm 138:2), that all of His work is done in faithfulness to His promises (Psalm 33:4, Romans 4:21, Hebrews 10:23) and that His Word does not return void, but that it prospers in the thing for which it was sent (Isaiah 55:11).

God’s Word is alive (Hebrews 4:12) with resurrection power.  His promise to us is that not only can we rely on it, but we can build our future on its Truth and effectiveness.  Thank-You, Father, that You said:

I am the Lord Who healeth thee. (Exodus 15:26)

You shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success. (Joshua 1:8)

And all of your[ children] shall be disciples[ taught by the Lord and obedient to His will] and great shall be the peace and undisturbed composure of your children. (Isaiah 54:13)

Give and gifts will be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. (Luke 6:38)

–  filled with the full, deep, and clear knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom. (Colossians 1:9)

Because God’s Word is Truth, we are speaking Truth into our lives.   Because God’s Word is Jesus (John 1:1,14), we are “applying” Jesus to the situation. Because God’s Word is God’s Word we have the backing of Heaven as we go forward, and He will be true to His Word.

Bosworth writes, in Christ the Healer:

“Faith is being so convinced of the absolute truth of the declarations of God, which are recorded in the Bible, that we act on them.”

Because faith in His Word is His requirement (Hebrews 10:38), He will honor His Word and our reliance on it.  Speak the Word of God over every situation.  Spoken in faith and then resting in that Truth with thanksgiving and praise all of His wonderful promises must be manifest in our lives. It is the incorruptible seed  (1 Peter 1:23) that produces after its kind.

the Word of God …is effectually at work in you who believe [exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to and rely on and trust in It]. (1 Thessalonians 2:13)

Look into God’s Word, His promises, daily. Speak them back to God in faith.  He will accomplish it in your life.  You have His Word on that!

God’s Word on the subject:

Psalm 34:4           Psalm 138:2             Isaiah 62:6

Jeremiah 1:12

Avoiding Safe Prayers

“Unbelief is safe – it takes no risks and almost always gets what it expects with an ‘I told you so.’”    (Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth)

Have you ever heard or practiced safe prayers?  When I was pregnant with my daughter, Carly, I was an “older” mom.  At the age of 36, there was a whispering in my heart about birth defects common in pregnancies of older women.  I recognized the evil source of this fear and stood in faith for a perfect, healthy baby.  One Sunday, while at church, I asked another sister-in-Christ to agree with me in prayer for the health and well-being of my baby.  As she stretched her hand toward my quite pregnant belly to pray, I heard her say, “God will give you the baby He wants you to have.” I quickly stepped back away from her reach!  She was actually praying unbelief.

Safe prayers!  There is no way that prayer couldn’t have come to pass!  I once heard someone say that there are a lot of believers praying for world peace who can’t yet pray and believe cold symptoms away.  Faith applies pressure to any given situation to establish Heaven’s principles and purposes in the physical realm. Faith believes that God’s Word is “alive, active, and effectual” (Hebrews 4:12).  Faith expects to see the full manifestation of His promises in a life.

The message in the following verses defines what foundation is meant to under gird faith prayers.
John 15:7 If you live in Me (abide vitally united to Me) and My words remain in you, and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will and it shall be done for you .  [Emphasis mine]

Hebrews 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him.  For whoever would come near to God must (necessarily) believe that He is the Rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him out[Emphasis mine]

Mark 11:24 Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you and you will get it. [Emphasis mine]

Any thinking person would agree that a strong, healthy baby is the hoped for outcome of a pregnancy.  And if you make it your business to understand the character, and know the Word, of our Heavenly Father, you would apply the faith pressure necessary to achieve the final outcome.  Praying otherwise, praying “safe prayers” indicates either an ignorance of what is in the Word or an inability to fully accept its Truth.

Hebrews 10:38 – The just shall live by faith.  [My righteous servant shall live by his conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, and holy fervor born of faith and conjoined with it] and if he draws back and shrinks in fear, My soul has no pleasure in him .  [Emphasis mine]

A faith walk, true to the calling and Word of God, is not for the faint of heart, but the rewards are extraordinary!  We are called to be world changers.  We are called to look diligently into the Word “as in a mirror” (2 Corinthians 3:18) and replicate God’s Kingdom here on earth.  The disciples, in the Book of Acts, were described as “men who have turned the world upside down”.  (Acts 17:6)

“Our abundant life is hidden in the Kingdom realm, and only faith can make the withdrawals.”  (Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth)

Matthew 11:12 – And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the Kingdom of Heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force (as a precious prize – a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion. [Emphasis mine]

Roll up your spiritual sleeves!  Abandon safe prayers for, in truth, they represent unbelief and only please Satan, who desires us to act in an ineffective and unproductive manner.  Be bold and speak forth with the audacity that stands on God’s promises and faithfulness.  Turn this world upside down for God’s Kingdom!

 

God’s Word on the subject:

Psalm 34:10           Ephesians 3:20-21                Hebrews 10:35-36

James 1:6-7            

Resolve Before the Fact

Resolve before the fact.  How important this concept is!  At the beginning of every school year I would encourage my students to consider this.  It even became the topic of assigned essays.  Resolve in your heart at the beginning of any endeavor will assure your focus in the face of distraction, your determination despite setbacks or roadblocks, and your ultimate success in whatever you attempt.

When our hearts are touched with a direction from the Holy Spirit – when the Lord places a dream into our hearts – success is not guaranteed.  We are a part of the equation that brings the dream to fulfillment.  I remember hearing a certain brother in Christ who was asked to accomplish a particular assignment from the Lord. He asked why he was tasked with this particular work, specifically addressing the fact that he had no previous experience in that area.  “Because,” the Lord responded, “I asked five other of my children and they did not do it.”  Heavenly assignment does not guarantee success.  There must be a willing heart and resolve before the fact.

I understood years ago that the Lord was leading me to write this account of His hand in my life, the blessings and teachings that I have received.  I also understood that the work was to be directed to “God’s beloved daughters.”  I came across a journal entry from several years ago in which I wrote of God’s leading for me in this direction, and that it was to take the form of a devotional.  Years later, I am accomplishing the task. And even now, it has often been put on the shelf, with days and even weeks going by without attending to the writing. The Lord has encouraged me throughout the process.  However, from the vantage point of today, I can look back and see procrastination, doubting, and concerns about my ability to put together a work worth publishing.  Once while out doing errands, waiting at a butcher’s counter to be served, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “You are meant to be a writer for the kingdom.  Why aren’t you writing?”  There is a leading, even at times a hunger, in my heart to share with you, as in a conversation, all that God has done in my life – all that I have been taught and shown first hand about God’s desire to bless His children, His daughters.  The Lord has even shown me how to address the writing process.  He showed me when to rise, how to prepare the evening before to get quickly to my writing, and how long to stay with the writing each day. (Often my concern was how to spend enough time writing without neglecting the daily tasks of attending to home and family, “not courting neglect of present duties by assuming other duties”! (Proverbs 31:16)  He clearly showed me a plan for the day that accomplished both.)  I did not immediately obey!  I simply had not developed “Resolve before the fact” in this area.

Following a dream that God has placed in your life requires willingness to allow other pursuits to fall by the wayside (pursuits that seem and probably are of value, but not for you in this particular season).  It requires time with the Lord to clearly hear His direction, His dream, for you, a listening ear to understand how the pieces are to fall into place, Holy Spirit discernment to recognize and overcome obstacles to the dream’s fulfillment (obstacles put in place by the enemy or by you, yourself), and personal resolve that nothing will stand in the way of God’s “request” of your life.

Can you imagine getting to Heaven and hearing our Father say, “There was so much more you could have done.  There was so much more you could have been.”  When I was born again in 1972, I was cleaning houses for others.  The Lord led me through attaining a higher degree, teaching grades 4-12 over the years, and into the position of headmaster of a Christian school.  Allow the Holy Spirit to teach you how to dream with God, and then resolve that nothing will stand in the way of your unique God-given role in His kingdom.  You will be amazed at where you go, what you accomplish, and who you are in Christ.

 

God’s Word on the subject:

Proverbs 16:3              Jeremiah 10:23                          John 4:31-34

Philippians 2:12-16

Our Heavenly Guest

What are some of the preparations that you undertake when you have a guest coming to your home?  Fresh, clean sheets on their bed?  Perhaps flowers in a vase in their bedroom?  Your home clean and orderly?  Special meals and menus to honor them during their stay?  You truly do take charge of their happiness while they are under your roof!  You create an atmosphere of welcome to make their time with you special and memorable.

How does one create a space where Jesus is, and feels, welcome in our hearts, and by extension, our home environment? The Word tells us, in the Scripture verses for today, that God, our Father, Jesus, His Son, and the Holy Spirit make their home in us.

Ephesians 3:17 – May Christ through you faith (actually) dwell, (settle down, abide, and make His permanent home) in your hearts.  May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love.

1 John 3:24 All who keep His commandments (who obey His orders and follow His plan, live and continue to live, to stay and) abide in Him and He in them.  (they let Christ be a home to them and they are the home of Christ)…

2 Timothy 1:14  speaks of the Holy Spirit “Who makes His home in us”, and 1 John 4:15 tells us that “God abides, lives, and makes His home in us.”

How do we respond to that knowing, and demonstrate in our heart and with our lives an acknowledgement and understanding of that Scriptural Truth?  Vicki Jamison Peterson, a wonderful sister-in-the-Lord, an evangelist and a prayer warrior, spoke of “practicing the presence of God” every 10 minutes!  Smith Wigglesworth said, “I never pray for more than 15 minutes, but I never go longer than 15 minutes without praying.”

Each of us is unique in the Lord – we are individuals through whom God represents Himself to the world.  We do not have to do it Vicki Jamison Peterson’s way or Smith Wigglesworth’s way.  But in truth, and in love, we need to address the reality that God has chosen this way to interact with the world – by living in us and through us – our actions, our words, our demeanor – making His appeal through the “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18).  As God’s daughters, at the heart of the home is the Presence of God.

God’s Word on the subject:

Ephesians 3:17             2 Timothy 1:14               1 John 3:24

 1 John 4:15

A New Creature – the Fresh and New Has Come

Kenneth Hagin, in his own inimitable style, spoke amusingly about his born-again experience.  Immediately after being “raised from a bed of sickness”, and despite a lifetime of being raised in the church, he was gloriously born-again. ( John 3:7)  He told of being invited by friends to resume the activities he had taken part in prior to his illness, and he would respond, “I can’t do that.  I’m a new creature.”  When a friend reminisced about naughty exploits he had undertaken as a young boy, he looked puzzled and said, “No, I don’t remember that.  I’m a new creature.”  And, truly, throughout his entire ministry he never stepped away from that knowing.

It seems that a good part of the problem of weakness and ineffectiveness in the body of Christ today is that so many of God’s born-again children do not hold onto that knowing.  If you are in Christ you are a “new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away.  Behold the fresh and new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 The old things about your life have passed away.  Old habits, old troubling memories, old paths that drew you further and further away from God’s path for your life, old attitudes, careless moralities –  according to God’s Word, in Christ all of those “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6) have passed away.  They no longer exist.  God says they no longer exist for “we have died with Christ.” (Romans 6:8)     We are to “habitually live and behave in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)

Our lives before, and without, Christ were filled with human weakness and failing, poor choices, activities we now regret, embarrassing interludes – the list goes on and on. And one of the predictable tactics of the enemy is to bring them to our remembrance.  May I suggest to you that remembrance of them should be a cause of celebration and rejoicing?  Turn the tables on the enemy and his devices.  Rejoice!  For because of the loving provision of our Father, because Jesus died for us – we have died to that long list of inadequacies.  They are no longer who we are.

You are a new creation in Christ – unique in Him.  Your identity and purpose is all wrapped up in the ministry of showing the world what life in Christ can be.  Rejoice! Celebrate!  Walk out today in newness of life.

“The Lord wants us to understand that we must come to a place where our natural life ceases, and by the power of God, we rise into a life where God rules and reigns.”  (Smith Wigglesworth  Devotional )

 

God’s Word on the subject:

Romans 6:4             2 Corinthians 5:15-21             Ephesians 4:22-24

Accomodating Youth

1 Timothy 4:12 – Let no one despise or think less of you for your youth, but be an example (pattern) for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.

I would like to share two anecdotes that clearly demonstrate an error in the manner with which we raise up our children, and the diminished expectations we often extend to our youth, sending a message of expected poor behavior.

When my daughter Carly was a young teen, we decided that her entrance into middle school signaled a need for the transfer from public school to a private Christian education.  We scheduled an entrance interview with the headmaster of a Christian school in our area.  At the very beginning of the interview, this headmaster shared at length with us all aspects of the school’s demerit system- an extensive, detailed list of all the various ways a student could accumulate demerits, and associated punishments that came with the accumulated demerit points.  I indicated to the gentleman that his need to address this topic first, as an introduction to the education this school offered, quite surprised me.  He said that it was best to get this information out there at the outset, because all students would eventually get demerits.

“Not my daughter,” I responded.

“I understand that we all want to think the best of our children, but the reality is that they all will receive demerits for various reasons, and it’s best to understand the reality from the beginning,” he offered with a knowing smile!

“No, you don’t understand,” I repeated.  “Not my daughter.”  And she never did!

What expectations was he setting up and putting out there for the students to fulfill?

As Headmaster of a Christian school myself, I often encountered similar expectations on the part of parents and students.  One year the girls in the high school were involved in poor behavior and negative interactions among themselves.  I took the opportunity to meet with them for Bible study and prayer first thing in the morning for a two week period.  As we delved together into the underlying issues, and why the behaviors were unacceptable to me, to our high school and, most especially to God, I uncovered a glaring misconception from a majority of the girls.

“We’re teenagers!  We are meant to act this way.  Later, we will settle into our Christian responsibility, but this is the only season of our lives to be able to act like this.”

I was truly surprised by this attitude.  That mistakes are made is not surprising, but that poor behavior is expected is worldly and enabling.  It is the choice not to make difficult decisions regarding godly behavior.  It is the easy way out, the wide road that leads to destruction, the embracing of worldly standards.  As both students and spiritual beings, our children will rise to the level of our (and their) expectations.  And God’s expectations are clear:

John 15:22 – If I had not come and spoken to them they would not be guilty of sin (would be blameless) but now they have no excuse for their sin.

Hebrews 10:38 – My righteous servant shall live by his conviction regarding man’s relationship with God and divine things… and if he draws back…My soul has no delight or pleasure in him.

I often heard my friend Denise, as a Christian school teacher, say to students of all ages – “Don’t go there.”   A simple and direct message that there is a right and a wrong response to every situation.  Age has little to do with a willing and obedient heart – especially as our young people move through their teen-age and young adult years. Either you are pleasing God with your behavior or you are not – there is no timeout for worldly behavior at a certain age! God’s Word is the plumb line for us all – young and old alike.  As a parent, a teacher, a friend, a mentor, a co-worker, let’s be sure that our godly expectations bless those around us and help them steer a heavenly course.

God’s Word on the subject:

Proverbs 22:6           Luke 2:52                  John 15:22     

1 Timothy 4:12          Hebrews 10:38  

Lying Vanities (Caution, Not For the Faint of Heart!)

Little children, keep yourselves from idols.”  (1 John 5:21)

An idol is defined in 1 John 5:21 as “anything and everything that would occupy the place in your heart due to God…any sort of substitute for Him that would take first place in your life.” [Amplified]  We often look upon primitive societies and, with a bit of superciliousness from our more advanced vantage point, view their idol worship as a symptom of educational poverty, certain that as they come more and more in contact with the realities of our enlightened world they will forego their misconceptions of who or what to worship and leave their idols behind. And yet, in our modern day there is more idolatry than any discovered among the primitive peoples of the world.

In the book of Exodus, Chapter 32, as Moses was receiving the 10 Commandments from God on Mount Sinai, the people of Israel were growing impatient for his return to them.  They demanded of Aaron that he  “…make us gods to go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”   And so, from the gold of their earrings, they fashioned a molten calf and worshipped it. (“These are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up out of the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 32:4) They “corrupted themselves” (Exodus 32:7), replacing the reality of the one true God with the “lying vanity” of a piece of gold that they had fashioned out of their own possessions!  They made it and then they worshipped it; they bowed down to the creation of their own hands.  They had seen the saving power of God operate on their behalf – the plagues of Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea and the destruction of their enemies, the provision of manna in the desert – and they preferred to worship a lifeless statue which they themselves had made.   Do you think that the Israelites actually believed that the golden calf was the God Who had brought them out of Egypt?  Certainly not!  That calf was made out of their jewelry, and they knew it.  But they wanted a symbol of power.  They wanted a form they could worship in a fleshly way.    We wonder at the ignorance of their decision, and the willingness of their leader Aaron to be complicit in it, and yet in our modern world there is more idolatry than this moment in Jewish history.

I have heard some say that any way you determine to get to God is good, advocating that all of the religions of the world are avenues to know God.  I have heard some say, “We are all God’s children”.  I have heard some honor and respect all religions of the world as worthy of a man’s participation as he so chooses.  I have heard parents proudly espouse their two religion household and revel in a sense of enlightenment as they raise up their children in the midst of dueling beliefs.  We are today still creating our own idols and worshipping them.

Holding anyone or anything as more dear to your heart than God is idolatry. Holding onto a sickness or incapacity in your life because all of these years it has defined you is idolatry.  Allowing the traditions of men rather than the Word of God to dictate your beliefs and actions is idolatry.  Cherishing your enlightened view of modern political correctness in calling all faiths equally important is idolatry.  Accepting a religion, a faith, into your life that does not have Jesus at its center is idolatry.  These are what God calls “lying vanities” (Jonah 2:8, KJV).  And they cause those who partake in them to “forsake the grace that could be theirs.” (Jonah 2:8)

John 14:6 I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me. [Emphasis mine]

Acts 14:15 …we’re here to bring you the message to persuade you to abandon these silly god-superstitions and embrace God Himself, the living God.  We don’t make God, He makes us, and all of this – sky, earth, sea, and everything in them.  [Message Bible]

In her book Total Truth, Nancy Pearcey writes (with reference to Romans 1:18):

“Those who worship idols actively suppress their knowledge of God while seeking substitute gods not religiously neutral…our calling as Christians is to progressively clean out all the ‘idols’ remaining in our thought life, so that we may pursue every aspect of our lives as citizens of the City of God.” [Emphasis mine]

Let’s dethrone anything and everything that takes God’s place as our first love, thereby reestablishing our Source of mercy and loving-kindness.  “Dear children, be on guard against all clever facsimiles!” (1 John 5:21Message)

God’s Word on the subject:

Psalm 31:6          Jonah 2:8                                   John 1:9-10

Acts 14:15             Colossians 1:15, 2:9                 1John 5:19-21