Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Temptation to idol?

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye maybe able to bear it." 1 Corinthians 10:13

What has your focus?

Temptations is the same as going through a test of possessions held by a person.

A test of will, strength and endurance.

So when your circumstances change are you going to stay with Jesus or are you going to side with the world, flesh or the devil.

Some of us wear the badge of Christian, but that badge does not make you a Christian cause you are wearing a badge that says so.

Did you know that temptations turn to idols?

An idol becomes idolatry when that something becomes more important than God in your life.

When that something becomes more important to you than God, you are worshipping it.

Whatever has your attention, your time, your constant thoughts, bowing down to it, or even living for it, this is considered idolatry.

What do you look at?

What Are you running to do every chance you get?

Is it sexual, pornography, self gratification, recognition, always on the Internet, shopping, drugs, alcohol?

The list goes on, there are more idols than anyone can imagine.

So what has you attention?

Who or what do you worship?

How important is that relationship to God in your life?

"Wherefore see we also are compassed about with such a great cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:1

When we are worshipping the idols in our life, we tend to confirm or deny what we already believe about ourselves.

The battle is in us, because sin is in us.

We can't create or achieve great value as that value was given to us already.

God loved us before we ever accomplished anything!

When we worship that value, or even believe that we created that value, we have just involved ourselves in idolatry.

When we worship anything other than the King, Almighty God, we are giving place to idolatry.

With each trial or testing that we go through we need to let our hearts be humbled, and our faith be deepened.

"Temptation is a suggested short cut to the realization of the highest at which I aim - not towards what I understand as evil, but towards what I understand as good." -Oswald Chambers

When we let that temptation over take us that becomes idolatry, and idolatry is sin.

Sin is a parasite, feeding greedily on the goodness of what God has made.

Sin distorts, perverts, and corrupts everything.

Life is hard enough, but some go around putting band aids on gaping wounds of this world.

That is just plain wrong, it is being in plain denial.

Other have found out that life in the real world is far more complicated, so they go to those man made idols.

It is true that the demand of living in a complex world is overwhelming at times, but there is no need that can not be taken to your Heavenly Father.

It is when we allow these desires to become idols of worship, instead of altars of sacrifice.

We break the heart of the Father.

All of us have idols, just are we willing to admit that?

If you are truly sorry and want to change - cry out to Him.

Tell Him that you are sorry and that you have strayed from the path.

Ask for His forgiveness, let him wash you clean.

Go and sin no more.

If you get tempted again, tell the enemy that the greater one lives within you.

Put in some worship music.

Get you Bible out, look up some scriptures to fight back with, write them down, put them where they are before you - tape them to your bathroom mirror.

Read the Word on a daily basis.

Don't give into the enemy's lies.

Be accountable to a good Godly friend.

Watch your life be slowly changed, transformed by His hand.

"Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and present you faultless before the presence of His glory with joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power both now and ever. Amen." -verses 24 -25 of Jude

1 Comments:

  • At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Matt said…

    Thanks for letting God work through you. I appreciate the words of encouragement.

     

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