Living in the world, but not of the ‘World’ is a challenge for most believers (John 17:16). Our exposure, to its defiled nature – a continuous challenge!
When you think of Idol Worship, what comes to mind? Often, it’s the story of the making of the ‘Golden Calf’ and Gods anger towards the children of Israel and their disobedience is heart breaking. (Exodus 32:8-10)
Idolatrous worship of other gods can also include, people and things, as we can see throughout the scriptures. It takes our love away from the God who created us. Instead, we seek things, like a nice big house or an expensive sports car, including luxurious clothing…etc, which is so desirable to us. A creature comfort, which is so beguiling to our innate human senses, compared, with the ambiguities, and elusiveness of heavenly treasures, our Father promises.
Even Husbands and wives are put on pedestals, adorned with such powerful, overwhelming feelings and emotions towards each other; it can sometimes appear almost possessive. In effect, worshipping them more than instead of the God we claim we love (Matthew 22-27)
The seduction of secularism, and the culture of the world we live in, is built on the premise of the lust of the eyes, increasingly, the warfare between the spirit and the flesh, is no doubt, the biggest fight against humanity! The enemy mocks and uses such cunning devices in world systems, such as ‘look and touch’ ‘touch and taste’. The mark of the enemy’s lair – methods that he has been using from the beginning of time –Temptation! As described in this scripture (Gen 3:6)
‘ And the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did it….etc..
Our very own TV programmes such as, Pop Idol and American Idol for instance, gives you an idea about how the world promotes’ people worship’ in the form of entertainment and how visible and shrewd the enemy uses this, to indicate his territory. It’s no wonder, the affects of the onslaught is easy to adapt to, because of the way it comes packaged – deliciously sweet smelling, carefully wrapped and perfectly designed and just what the doctor ordered. Although, the doctor I’m referring to wants to keep you addicted to its prescription, rather than make you better
However, the bible warns us about this life. (1 John 15-17)
The protective word of God helps us to manoeuvre our way through the malaise, of worldly passions. Though, it is easy to get caught up in its influential past times. However, when we make these things more important in our lives, it not only sets the direction for our priorities, it also seeks to leave God out. The word states quite clearly in (Exodus 34:14).
The real treasures lie in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21) eternal treasures that exist, way beyond this fleeting life. In as much as, the enemy has control of it right now, (though God has complete control, but allows, for the fulfilment of prophecy) it is merely a short-term condition and the bible declares this with surety.
The benefit of material wealth is limited – both here and in eternity (Matthew 6:19-21; 16:26). The wise man said, “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death” (Proverbs 11:4).
Today, don’t forget God cares about the things that concern you. He cares about the things that hurt you. He is close to the brokenhearted, and He wants to bring you peace and comfort. Turn to Him and receive His love. Let Him bring healing to your heart and restoration to your soul.
Philippians 4:13 NIV
13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?
Question: Which one of your bills always gets paid?
Answer: The bill you pay first.
But what happens if the bill you really need to pay is more than the money you have in the bank? Sounds like you could use a little biblical wisdom from the legendarily wealthy King Solomon.
“King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth,” reads 1 Kings 10:23 and he passed along some of that wisdom in the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.
In Ecclesiastes 5:5, he writes “It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.” So, not paying or not paying on time is not a good look for a Christian. Being flakey on your payments ruins your financial reputation. That’s all your credit score is: it’s simply a reflection of your financial reputation.
Proverbs 22:1says “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.” What do you want your financial reputation to say about you, not to mention the God you serve?
Like me, you may have had some dings in your credit history but with discipline, your financial reputation will take a turn for the better.