Our heart tells on us! Our actions tell what our heart is saying. Where ever our heart is, that is where Jesus wants to be. Are you ready to give your heart to him?
This is what the sermon last week was about. I am finally in a spot where I can think and concentrate enough to write about what I was thinking about last week. Good thing I took good notes while listening at church huh?
The title of the new series is : Gods At War. Week 1: What’s your IQ? Pastor Phil first talked about idolatry. The last post I wrote about something idols of food and acceptance by people back on October 29. Idolatry is taking something that is not God and putting it in the place where God alone belongs. This is a battle we have everyday. We all have “sneaky idols”. You know those ones that don’t really seem like idols but secretly we know that the could be. (anything that competes with your time with God) For me a few of those things are shopping, “things” or stuff, food, money, my daughter, friends. We are all worshipers by nature.
In Exodus 20, you know, where God gives us the 10 commandments….what is the first one? You shall have no other Gods. There it is. Big and bold! He is telling us first off and foremost….I’m the only one….Got it? ME! God! NO ONE ELSE BUT ME – GOD!! He wants us to put HIM first. But….we don’t…not always.
Our sneaky idols drain us. They keep taking from us. They keep us wanting more and more. And they give less and less back to us. We try to do things perfectly or get the perfect clothes, the perfect house, the perfect house, raise the perfect kids, and on and on, thinking this will make us happy. Until….the next big thing comes out. Then we want more. We come out unhappy and unfulfilled. We are always one purchase away from happiness. Our idols will always disappoint us. Always.
In the second commandment, God wants us to not make any other gods. Our God is a jealous God. Jealous in the sense that He loves us so much, more than anyone or anything, that he doesn’t want to share us with anyone or anything. It hurts Him when we wander way and give ourselves to other things. God wants us to guard ourselves from our impatient disobedience.
We wait for God to show up. We feel he let us down. We wait. That is why we choose other gods. Other idols. We get tired of waiting. But He is waiting: to teach us a lesson. But we settle for something else. “When the going gets tough, *a golden calf* will appear at the scene”. Don’t settle!
Joshua 24: 14-15 14“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”