Deuteronomy 27:15 Are You Cursed?

“Cursed is anyone who makes an idol–a thing detestable to the Lord, the work of skilled hands–and sets it up in secret.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” Deuteronomy 27:15

What happens behind closed doors is often thought of as one’s own private affairs and that no one else should be concerned about it. It is behind the closed doors that many people reveal their true desires. In their hearts they will often set up idols in their lives and worship them above God.

People have the freedom to do what they desire and believe that there should be no outside consequences.

Moses told the people that anyone who sets up an idol in secret is cursed and the people agreed.

An idol is anything that is put up before God, whether a physical or non-physical thing. While the majority of people around the world do not set up a physical idol to worship it, most do make idols out of things they have both physical and non-physical.

Very few people want to be cursed. They desire to have blessings and favor. This is especially true of believers who have chosen to follow God. Yet, many will allow idols to be set up in their private lives behind closed doors.

Things or people are allowed to take the place of God. More time, money and effort are placed in these things than with God. Most often these things are set up as idols in the heart and mind, rather than in the open on a mantel.

According to God’s word one is cursed if he has allowed this or done this in his life. God’s hand of favor is lifted from the believer who has allowed an idol in his life.

God should be the one to take priority over everything and everyone else in the life of the believer, never allowing an idol to take His place.

As a believer, God should take first place in every area of your life. Put God on the throne, not some false idol in your life. Nothing in this life should take more of your time and effort than God. If anything does, it is an idol, and you will be cursed by God.

Ask God to reveal to you if you have any idols in your life. Cast out any idols in your life and worship and serve God alone.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will worship God alone; that God will give you strength to remove any idols in your life; that you will be blessed by God, not cursed; and that your life will be one wholly dedicated to God.

Leviticus 17:7 Stop Giving To False Idols

They must no longer offer any of their sacrifices to the goat idols to who they prostitute themselves. This is to be a lasting ordinance for them and for the generations to come. Leviticus 17:7

People poor billions of dollars worldwide every year into things that they put over everything else. This can be homes, cars, investments, businesses, hobbies, or nearly anything else.

As they put their money into these things, often other things are left untouched or not taken care of. These things become their idols or gods and their whole identity and focus in life, rather than just things being used.

God told the Israelites that they must no longer offer sacrifices to the goat idols.

Every person prior to following God will follow some idol god in their life. They will make something a priority over everyone and everything else and at any cost. Most often the focus of these idols are about self pleasure or to look a certain way.

At the moment a person chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, he is to no longer sacrifice to false idols in his life. All that he sacrifices now belongs to God. His focus in life is God, building His kingdom and becoming more like Jesus.

God will allow the believer to have things, but they should never take priority over God and His kingdom. No longer is the believer to put his trust in things or people, but to trust in God alone for everything.

To put his focus on anything else is to prostitute himself to false idols against God. This is taking God off the throne and putting self and things on it.

As one gives up everything for God, He will in return give him abundantly all that he needs.

Prior to your being a believer, you most likely sacrificed to some false idols. Take a look at your life now and see if you have any false idols still hanging around. Stop giving to those idols and give to God. Those idols will bring nothing but dissatisfaction and death. Do not prostitute yourself to the things of this fallen world.

Jesus gave everything He had, including His life, so that you may have life. Be willing to sacrifice all that you have and yourself to God and He will give you an abundant life with all that you need.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will only sacrifice to God; that you will serve God alone; that you will give your whole life to God and His mission for you; and that you will see God’s provision in your life.

Genesis 35:2 Get Rid Of All Foreign gods

So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you and purify yourselves and change your clothes.” Genesis 35:2

Around the world there are groups of people who worship physical statues that are idols of their gods. Often this is thought of just groups of native and primitive people from third world nations.

Yet throughout every nation there are people who worship idols of various forms every day. Many will not call these idols gods, as some do, but they are their gods.

After being told by God to go and build an altar, Jacob told his family and people with him to get rid of all foreign gods, purify themselves and change their clothes. He was preparing to go and guild that altar.

The gods that many people worship, but refuse to call a ‘god’, are the things that people place above everything else in their lives.

It is very easy for things to gain importance in one’s life. These things can cost a lot of money or time to purchase and so one wants to take care of it and treasure them. In the process of taking care of these things, other people and God gets left out of the picture.

As God is left out of the picture, their clothes are soiled by stepping into sinful practices and ignoring God’s commands. This does not often occur quickly, but slowly over time, allowing the world to have a foothold in one’s life, pulling him away from God.

Rather than allow these idols in one’s life, every believer needs to cast out these foreign idols and turn to God. He must allow Jesus to purify him from all sin, changing his clothing so that he is wearing robes of Christ’s righteousness and can build an altar to God.

Take time to examine your life and determine if you have allowed any foreign idols in your life. Is there anything in your life that takes your focus away from God? That thing is a foreign idol.

You are no longer a member of the world, if you believe in Jesus, but are a member of God’s family. Cast out those idols and allow Jesus to be the Master of your life. Jesus is waiting to purify you and cloth you in righteousness and holiness.

Allow God to be the only god in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal any idols in your life; that God will strengthen you to get rid of any idols in your life; that you will allow Jesus to purify you of all sin and cloth you in His righteousness; and that God will be your only god.

Revelation 9:20 Refusal To Repent

The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshipping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood–idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Revelation 9:20

The majority of the world does not believe in God. They have chosen to follow the idols of this world, seeking self-pleasure.

Focus is placed upon the physical things of this world and immediate pleasure, rather than the eternal. Even as things go bad and people are dying, the world, as a whole, looks to trying to fix things their own way, refusing to seek God.

In John’s vision of God judging the earth and killing many people, the rest of the people refuse to repent and turn to God. They continue to worship idols rather than the true God.

At times in America’s past there have been some major disastrous events that hit America. During those times many would turn to God in repentance and seeking help. As time has gone along, fewer and fewer seek God during times of trouble.

This occurs in many places around the world. Rather than turning to God, they get angry with God and seek their own idols to help.

The world believes that their own idols of fame, fortune, and personal strength can help them in any and every situation. Doctors and scientists are sought out to solve every situation. God is rejected, despite the failures of their own people.

As the time of the return of Jesus gets closer, people will grow more and more cold to God. Rejection of God will increase, despite the death all around them.

Every believer must keep His focus and trust upon God, rather than upon the false idols of man and this world.

During times of trouble, sickness and death you have a choice to make. You can choose to seek the ways of the world to solve the problems, rejecting God. Or you can choose to seek God and trust Him to guide you through the situations.

The ways of the world follow false gods that cannot do anything at all, but lead one to death. Take time to seek the one and only living and true God. Repent of your sins and accept His forgiveness. Worship God and God alone and receive life that will last for eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God in every situation; that God will strengthen you to turn from the idols of this world; and that you will worship God and God alone.

2 Corinthians 6:15 Really Nothing In Common

What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 2 Corinthians 6:15

Unity is something that most people like to have with those they are around. Usually people flock towards those that are like them, so that there will be little to no conflict or disagreements.

Currently in the world, many are striving to make everyone the same. They want everyone to have equal share of physical, mental, and emotional things. Some will try to say that every person is the same, regardless of belief or actions.

Paul brings up the question of what do believers have to do with any idol or unbeliever.

Idols have absolutely no place in the life of any believer, in any way, shape or position. Along with idols not having a place, unbelievers do not really have a place either. The only place an unbeliever has is for the believer to be a witness to him.

Instead of making a difference in the lives of unbelievers, many believers have embraced the unbeliever without calling for a change or commitment to Christ. Many in the church have embraced the thoughts and attitudes of the world allowing sin to enter in.

Believers are to love all people, but are to hate the sin and point people to Jesus. As Jesus walked on the earth among the sinners, He called people out of sin and told them to leave their life of sin. He did not engage in sin with them.

There is no unity between a believer and sin, between God and a sinful lifestyle. There needs to be a marked difference between those in the church–believers, and those outside the church–unbelievers. If there is no difference, then the believer is not really a believer, but a counterfeit.

Take a moment and examine your life and see what is most important to you. Ask yourself who your friends are and who or what do those friends point you to.

If those you are around the most are not pointing you towards God, are you pointing them towards God? Do not be the one who is influenced by the world to live as the world does in sin and rebellion, but be the one who influences the world for God to live as Jesus did in holiness and righteousness.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that your life will be one of service towards God; that you will live separated unto God; that God will give you strength to not bow down to the idols of this world; and that you will influence the world for God.