I continue to study Ann Spangler's "Praying the Names of God" and link up with Jill of Forever N Ever N Always.
This week our focus is on God as a Consuming Fire who is completely holy and eventually will destroy anything opposed to His holiness. He is also a Jealous God and asks us for our complete devotion.
Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is jealous, is a Jealous God. Exodus 34:14
What do you think of when you hear the word idol?
I think of the Old Testament people who built Asherah poles to worship other gods.
And today I think of the statues of images like Buddah.
Be careful not to forget the covenant of the LORD your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the LORD your God has forbidden. For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. Deuteronomy 4:23-23However, I'm finding out that idols can be anything that you place first in your life above God. Because God loves me, He cannot endure unfaithfulness. My relationship with Him is to be exclusive; nothing else should stand in the way.
Last year, I completed a study by Kelly Minter called "No Other Gods". She dealt with modern day idols. Now, you may not bow down to graven images. But think about the things you run to because you think they will give you what you need.
A well behaved family, a loving husband, success, money, fame, a beautiful home, lots of friends, chocolate, alcohol, drugs ...
Our God knows that nothing or no one can satisfy like He can. He knows how easy it is for us to try to find things to fill us but they don't work or last. Only God ...
He is the One to be exalted and honored above all.
Ann Spangler wrote a beautiful prayer:
Lord, you are holy beyond my understanding, perfect in a way I cannot perceive. Help me to catch a glimpse of your glory and to grow more zealous for your name, that I might exalt it by the way I live and the way I love. Send your refining fire to heal and purge my heart and send your all-consuming love to lead me home. Amen.Do you desire to grow in holiness?
Do you have any idols in your life?
These are tough questions if we're being honest with ourselves. It's too easy to compare ourselves to one another and think we're doing OK.
But think about this.
We are loved by the one, true living God.
He is jealous for our love.
He is holy and perfect.
How awesome is that? So, what will our response back be?
Blessings and love,