Hindrances To Revival #16–IDOLATRY

October 28, 2014


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Day 20 of 24

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SCRIPTURE

“I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. You must not have any other god but me.”

~Exodus 20:2-3, NLT

QUOTE

The inevitable outcome of self-sufficiency is idolatry.

~Ralph Davis

my thoughts red

The Rich Young Ruler came to Jesus and said,  “Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said, “You know the commandments: ‘You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother.’” The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” Note what Jesus did: He did not mention the first four commandments which have to do with man’s relationship to God. Where as the young man thought he had kept all the commandments, he had failed to keep the first.  So Jesus said,  “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”  He turned and walked away because he was not willing to put God first in his life. He loved his possessions more than God.

Whatever comes between you and God is your idol or god. It could be a person: a wife, husband, parent, child, or grandchild. It could be possessions or it could be an obsession. Sometimes pass times or pleasures become gods. Whatever you love more than God will become your god.

EXTRA: RELATED STORY [not a must read]

In the first church I served after seminary there was a man in his mid-thirties who had an addiction to cigarettes. He was in my face after every service. If I moved an inch, I would step on him. He was constantly whining about his addiction and wanted me to pray a prayer of deliverance which tried to do more than once but he had no intention of giving up the tobacco sticks. Finally he got on my last nerve and I erupted. I said, “I am tired of this game, you are not sincere and those cigarettes are your Lord and master; they tell you where you can go and how long you can stay. They control you. Jesus is not Lord of your like, those cigarettes are your LORD.” His face got red as a beet and he gave a rebuttal but I cannot remember one word that he said but his speech didn’t last long because he turned in a huff and was gone. You have to remember that I was a little rough around the edges in those days and it was probably not the right way to handle the problem. Aren’t you glad that I have mellowed over the years. The point is relevant: whatever controls you in your god and all of us can be guilty of Idolatry from time to time.

  • TODAY we pray for TEACHERS.
  • A lot happening this week: DHS Girls advance to State and will play twice on Wednesday. If they win out on Wednesday, they play in finals Thursday night.
  • AWANA children Hayride this Wednesday night with STEW and CHILI from 5:30-6:30. No charge. Your option is a dessert, drink, crackers or Frito chips for chili.
  • Friday at 7:00 am we feed DHS football team: 11:30 SENIOR ADULT FISH FRY and at 5:30 TRUNK-A-TREAT.
  • Saturday night: PRAYER WHEEL call around begins at 8:00, please do not break the chain. Luke kicks it off at 8:00 and it is to go all away around and back to Luke.
  • A.R.K.–Act of Redemptive Kindness. You do two: one to a very active member and one to an inactive or randomly active member. I want us to continue to pray and express our love for each other. I have heard several talking about their plans and looking for ideas. If you have a Senior Adult on your mind: they would love a visit and a hug.

EXTRA animated

………………………………………………………………………….A Man Called Frank……………………………………………………………………

A man walks out to the street and catches a taxi just going by.  He gets into the taxi, and the cabbie says, “Perfect timing. You’re just like Frank.”
Passenger: “Frank Who?

Cabbie: “Frank Feldman… he’s a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happened like that to Frank Feldman every single time.”
Passenger: “There are always a few clouds over everybody.”
Cabbie: “Not Frank Feldman. He was a terrific athlete. He could have won the Grand-Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone, and danced like a Broadway star. And you should have heard him play the piano! He was an amazing guy.”
Passenger: “Sounds like he was somebody really special.”
Cabbie: “Oh, there’s more. He had a memory like a computer. He remembered everybody’s birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order, and which fork to eat it with. And he could fix anything—. Not like me -I change a fuse, and the whole street blacks out. But Frank Feldman, he could do everything right.”
Passenger: “Wow, some guy then.”
Cabbie: “He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams. Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them. But Frank, he never made mistakes, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good. He would never argue back, even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too. He was the perfect man! I never knew him to make a mistake! No one could ever measure up to Frank Feldman.”
Passenger: “An amazing fellow. How did you meet him?”
Cabbie: “Well… I never actually met Frank. He died, and I married his wife.”

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