Posted: August 15, 2011 in Controversial

An idol =

  • anything that consumes your thoughts or attention ahead of God.
  • unsacrificed passions
  • being driven by a goal instead of by God.
  • anything that you submit to, other than God.

Other gods include … The gods of Money, Education, Sport, Job, Pleasure, Over-indulging, Possessions, Things, Family, Nature, Pop Stars, Movie Stars, Sports Heroes, the Pope, Religions … etc.

‘Do not serve the gods of this world.’ Deut.7:16.

‘Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.’ 1 John 2:15

The god of Religious Rites … Many religions worship their forms of religion (eg. candles, systems of communion, systems of baptism, prayer books, techniques of praise, techniques of confession, last rites, the sign of the cross etc.). This is not love … this is ritual.

The god of Friends … be in the world, but separate from evil influences. ‘Separate your heart from worldly friends, and don’t touch anything unclean.’ 2Cor.6:17

‘Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove (expose) them.’ Eph.5:11

The god of Self … ie. When your goals or talents become the centre of your attention / When you do things that make you feel worthwhile / When you allow your “I” to be offended / When you look to the world’s system as your source / When you aim for something ahead of God’s schedule / When you stand on your stubbornness (1 Sam.15:23) / self-seeking / self-dependence / When you form judgments against others = passing sentence on them = ME as god.

RULE 1 …. At a point of choice, put God & His law, FIRST. This is true LOVE !

Q. Do you make decisions based on what’s best for your family or yourself? Do you make decisions based on putting your children’s interest first? Do you make decisions based on not upsetting or not offending others? Do you make presumptuous decisions without waiting for all the facts (Ps.19:13)? If you do then you’re breaking this 1st. law, & you’re in SIN!

PRIDE is putting things, or others, or yourself before God!!
LOVE is making choices where GOD comes FIRST before anything or anyone else (John 8:29 b).

When you put God FIRST, He works out ….

  • what’s best for your family
  • what’s best for you.
  • what’s best for others
  • what’s best for the nation.
  • what’s best for the environment.

‘Take no thought for your life …, but seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, & everything shall be provided for you. Take no THOUGHT for tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow.’ Matt.6

Jesus Christ is the one and only true God ….

Not Mohammed, not Allah, not Budda, not New Age, not Religion, not Self … only Jesus Christ FIRST!

‘I am the Way, the Truth, & the Life. No one comes to the Father except by Me’ (John 14:6).

‘There is no hope of salvation in anyone else except Jesus: for there is no other name given among men, whereby you can be saved’ (Acts 4:12).

LAW 1 over-rides all other laws !

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