Daniel 3:17-18 Even If God Does Not Help

If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. Daniel 3:17-18

King Nebuchadnezzar had set up a large statue of gold of himself and wanted every person in the nation to bow down to it. Three young men, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, known more as Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego, had refused to bow down to the statue. The king gave them several chances to change their minds, warning them that they would be thrown into a hot, fiery furnace if they did not do it. The men stated that God would deliver them, but even if He did not, they still would not bow down to that statue. They would obey and follow God, no matter what happened.

It is common to hear of a person who had believed in God for a time, but chose to walk away from God because God did not deliver them from something. One of the more common reasons is that the person prayed for either healing for a loved one and God did not heal the person. The person prayed for died in without healing. The one praying gives up on God and walks away.

Acting like that does not give God absolute authority or control. God is the one in control and knows what is best for each and every person.

In the Old Testament, God made the rule not to bow down to idols. The young men chose to do that regardless of what God does. They did not set any stipulations on obeying God.

You have to set it in your heart that you will follow God, no matter what the cost is or what He will or will not do. You have to trust that He is doing everything that is the best for you.

Make the choice to not bow down to any idols in this world. Worship God and God alone. In reality, the worst that can happen is death, which then will allow you to step into heaven for eternity.

Who are you going to bow down and worship today?

I pray today that God will reveal His power to you; that God will strengthen you to not bow to sin; that you will turn from all sin to God; and that you will not fear this world or anyone in it. 

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Ezekiel 8:10-11 Idols In The Church

So I went in and looked, and I saw portrayed all over the walls all kinds of crawling things and unclean animals and all the idols of Israel. In front of them stood seventy elders of Israel, and Jaazaniah son of Shaphan was standing among them. Each had a censer in his hand, and a fragrant cloud of incense was rising. Ezekiel 8:10-11

God was giving Ezekiel a vision of inside the temple. He was seeing idol worship being done. It was showing the condition of the hearts of the people and the leaders of Israel. They were worshipping false gods inside the temple.

Looking at many churches around the nation, they can look very beautiful on the outside. Large beautiful churches with great looking landscapes, beautiful platforms, and great looking foyers are seen everywhere. As one looks at the surface of these churches it often looks as though everything is done for the worship of God.

One has to look at things with the eyes of God, who sees into the heart of what is shown, to see what is really happening. Churches, in the name of outreach, have often chosen to do things without God at the center. It is often the thought of do whatever it takes to get someone to come into church, but do not preach Christ and Christ crucified.

The message of the cross is one that is detestable to the world and to every person, until he sees what it has done for him. It cannot be left behind or forgotten.

Churches are made up of people and it is the people who have chosen to do things without God as though they are doing God’s will. Sins are being done in secret, as though God does not see them. These very sins are brought into the church. Sins of jealousy, pride, anger, idol worship, and selfishness are being allowed into the church with no thought of giving them up. These are the things that brought judgment against Israel and will bring judgment against everyone today.

Do not allow yourself to let idols into your life. When you step into a church to worship, get rid of all sin and follow God. Make God the center of His temple, your body, so that the church building will also be a temple of God to worship Him in.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to get rid of idols in your life; that you will put God first in every area of your life; that every church will be followers of God; and that God will be honored in every church. 

Jeremiah 16:20-21 They Will Know In The End

“Do people make their own gods? Yes, but they are not gods!” “Therefore I will teach them–this time I will teach them my power and might. Then they will know that my name is the LORD.” Jeremiah 16:20-21

The Israelites had chosen to follow their own gods or the gods of the nations around them. Despite the fact of seeing God at work in their nation, time and time again, they chose not to follow Him alone. Since they had made that choice, God decided that He would teach them who He really is. They will see His power and might, and that He is the One who is in control. The method of revealing Himself was through the punishment they would have to go through.

Skip forward several thousand years, and things have not changed a whole lot. People are constantly making their own gods. They do not call them idols as they did in the biblical times, but they are idols and false gods none-the-less. Today they are the gods of doctors, scientists, ‘experts’, the government, leaders, media, famous people, and the list goes on.

People are trusting everything but God in their lives. They believe that doctors will find the cure for sickness and death; that the government will keep the economy going strong; that the media will bring joy and satisfaction; and many more beliefs.

None of these things can truly satisfy and will fall short. God will reveal Himself in the punishment upon the people and nations. Disasters are set to draw people back towards Him, to cause them to look to Him for salvation.

His power is revealed in the control that He yields in this world. When disasters occur, one can see how powerful God is. When God does a healing, when doctors cannot, one can see His power.

As you look out on this world each day, see God as the One Who is in control, not those of this world. People in this world can only do so much, then they will fail. Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the belief that the things of this world can save you, or provide for all your needs.

Trust God now, and not when He has to knock you down. God is there for you, not against you, if you will just trust Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will not have any idols in your life; that God will not have to punish you for false beliefs; and that you will be a witness of God’s love and power in this world.

Jeremiah 11:13 Setting Up Altars

You, Judah, have as many gods as you have towns; and the altars you have set up to burn incense to that shameful god Baal are as many as the streets of Jerusalem. Jeremiah 11:13

Jerusalem had the temple of God in it. The people knew that they were called the children of God. Over the years they had seen God do many miracles and provided abundantly for them. Yet, they had chosen to call on false gods, rather than call on God.

The problem of following false gods was extremely large. They were described as having as many altars to Baal as they had streets in the town. Even though they would call out to all of these false gods, none of them would answer, because they were not alive and real. The people refused to call out to God.

In some Asian countries today, the idea of setting up altars in the house and all over the town to a god is common and encouraged. Looking at a lot of American and European cities and cultures, it is not common to see someone setting up an altar and call it that, yet, altars are set up everywhere.

Just as with Judah, with altars on nearly every street corner, there are altars set up on nearly every street corner and house today in many nations around the world. The false gods that people in America are setting up altars to are education, politics, fame, money, houses, status, jobs, people, sex, drugs, self and many more false gods.

They do not call them gods, but they treat them like a god. People are crying out to these things and seeking answers from them. When disaster strikes, they cry out to all these things for guidance and help to cope with the disaster. Yet, not of these things can answer or have the right answer.

God, alone, is the answer to all the problems you may face. God may use the things of this world to meet your need, but they are not the answer, He is.

Who or what you are calling out to for help?

Who or what are you spending your money on to get help?

Put all of your faith, money, efforts, and time into an altar to God. He is the real, living, true God who hears you and answers you. Get rid of the altars to false gods in your life today.

I pray today that you will know God personally; that the only altar you have is to God; that God will strengthen you to reject false gods in your life; and that you will tell the world of who Jesus is. 

2 Chronicles 33:7 The Wrong Image

He took the image he had made and put it in God’s temple, of which God had said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever.” 2 Chronicles 33:7

Manasseh had become king of Judah and led the people into great sins. He set up all of the temples and altars to Baal and Asherah, sacrificed children, practiced witchcraft and consulted with mediums. One of the images he had made, he put up in the temple of God to worship it there. This was where God said He would dwell forever.

People put up idols and images of idols to worship all over the world. In more modern countries, the images are not usually of the typical “gods” that you see in Asian countries. These images are of things that people put before God.

Although there are Christians who do have some things that they idolize out in the open, there are many more who have some things that are idolized only in the heart and mind. It is in the heart and mind of a person that one can hide things from other people. No one can see inside the heart and mind of a person.

It is in there that idols can be set up. Thoughts are allowed to run freely in the mind. As they run, often they go into areas that should not be, such as lust, pornography, greed, anger, vengeance, and more.

Jesus said that He would be with you forever. When you have accepted Jesus into your life, God had set up His dwelling place in your heart and life to live for all eternity. You are now the temple of God. It is in your heart that you are to worship God.

When you allow images of things of this world to be in your heart and mind, you have defiled God’s dwelling place. You have begun to set up images of false gods in your heart.

Do not allow these images in your heart and mind. Do not replace God with false gods. Keep God’s temple clean to worship Him in heart and spirit.

I pray today that you will love God with all your heart; that you will worship God alone; that God will help you remove any images from your life; and that God will be pleased with His temple.

1 Kings 15:12 Getting Rid Of All Idols

He expelled the male shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his ancestors had made. 1 Kings 15:12

Asa had become the king of Judah and followed God very well. He did what was right in the eyes of God just like David had done. One of the things he did was getting rid of all the idols across the land. Asa had turned the eyes of Judah back onto God.

It has been said that people are made to worship. They will worship something whether it is God or something else. Anything that is worshipped that is not God has become an idol for a person.

The idea of worship is in spending the majority of one’s time and effort for something. People idolize other people, things, positions, money, and much more. Satan has deceived the world into thinking that in putting these things first in their lives will make them the best that they can be, and that they will have the best life possible.

Although many of those things can be good when used correctly, none of them bring life to a person. God alone is life. He is the giver of life to everyone on this earth. Without Him there is no life, no purpose, and no value.

All the things of this world are just temporary and will fade away very quickly. They are just idols that may appear to give life, but in reality are just dead, inanimate things created by men.

Once you have become a follower of Jesus, you must seek to get rid of all idols in your life. Focus all of your time and efforts on God. Jesus said that He came to give you abundant life. This is life to the fullest, above and beyond anything that this world can offer.

Take a look at your life and ask God to reveal to you what idols you may have in your life. What are some things that you place before God?

Ask God to give you strength to remove those idols from your life. Do not follow the ways of this world, but follow Jesus. Allow God to be the center of your life and the only One you worship.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to any idols in your life; that you God will strengthen you to remove all idols; that you will have a stronger relationship with God; that you will worship God alone; and that you will do what is right in God’s eyes.

Deuteronomy 7:25 Destroy All Idols

The images of their gods you are to burn in the fire. Do not covet the silver and gold on them, and do not take it for yourselves, or you will be ensnared by it, for it is detestable to the LORD your God. Deuteronomy 7:25

As the Israelites were to go into the land of Canaan, they were to get rid of all of the inhabitants and their idols. They were not to even desire the silver and gold on the idols, but to destroy the idols completely. This was to be done because the idols would become a snare for them and God detested the idols.

As you go through life, God will bring you into new areas of life. These new areas are still a part of the world and it’s system. The world has and believes in things that are detestable to God. These are the new idols of the world.

Parts of the world still physically bow down to actual idols, but in many other places this is not done directly. The bowing down has changed to giving all their time, money and effort to have something. People “bow” down to cars, jobs, houses, vacations, positions, titles, and many other things in this life.

As a believer you must reject those things. The high paying position that someone has may be an idol and if God does not want you to have it, you must not even covet the money that comes from it, much less the position itself. This can be with a position or many other things. Any thing can become a snare in your life, pulling  you away from God.

Strive to place all your time, money and effort into seeking God and building His kingdom on this earth. Do not allow yourself to become ensnared by the idols of this world. Keep your focus on Jesus and His kingdom.

Is there any idol you need to reject or get rid of today?

Where is your focus and desire today?

I pray today that God will reveal to you any idols in your life; that God will give you strength to get rid of all idols; that you will reject any idols around you; that you will bow down God alone; and that you will strive to build His kingdom.