Monday, June 17, 2013

Idols

Greetings, My Friends;
The dictionary defines an idol as an object of worship. Today I would like to talk about idols. Idols as you know, were probably the most common and treasured objects, people had in Old Testament times. The Old Testament had many stories of people and their idols. There were idols for each of the hundreds of god's. There was a god for everything. Many craftsmen made a very good living, their entire lives, just making idols.
Idols took the place of the one true God. When you think about it, it is pretty funny that a God and a chamber were both made from the same lump of clay. Don't you wonder how anyone could believe that a piece of wood  had the power to do anything. As you know it couldn't.
When Moses got the 10 commandments from God, this addressed the issue. The 1st commandment told them, "I am the Lord thy God, thou shall have no other gods before me." This should have solved the problem right? Wrong. In spite of the miracles in the wilderness, the events in Egypt that led to their freedom, they still worshiped idols. Unbelievable.
Now we look at our times. We have the Bible.We have read about Jesus, his death and resurrection.. We see his countless miracles and his unconditional love for man. We have many spirit filled preachers telling us about salvation. They keep talking about the grace, blessings, and favor, we receive from God. By grace we are saved, not by anything we did or will do. It is a gift from God.
So let's recap briefly. God gives eternal life, blessings in abundance, favor, and the only thing we have to do is accept Jesus as our personal Savior. I am constantly amazed at how many people change the subject, upset, or just find something else, they decide they must do. They don't even take the time to figure out what they are turning down.
Don't think for 1 min. that the days of idols or false gods are over. It is probably worse now than it ever was. Whenever you become obsessed with anything to the point where you have difficulty living without it, it is an idol to you. Our God wants us to enjoy life, and not forget Him. A lot of people  have indeed replaced Him. They have become obsessed with things of the world. Objects such as, cars cell phones, computers, video games, other people, and any number of objects that you can name, including jobs or businesses. These people don't have 5 min. for God, but they have a lifetime for things that may cause them to perish. You can have just about anything you want and more, just put it in its proper place.
As far as I know Solomon is in heaven. Take the time to read Ecclesiastes and you will find the story of his life, and as he puts it, all is vanity, meaning the futility of what we think is important in life. To me, one of the most chilling lines in the Bible, is in Luke 12: 20 God said to a certain rich man. "You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you." It would be a good idea to read a couple of verses before and after verse 12.
Put it all together Ecclesiastes and Luke and see how you feel about eternity. We will all go there someday. We, I choose God Almighty and his son Jesus the Christ. There is a heaven, and there is a hell. God allows you to make the choice.
God bless you and remember,
 Jesus loves you.
Prayer of salvation.

"Oh God, in heaven, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus has been raised from the dead. I receive Your word, and I repent of sin. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus name. Amen."