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Our One True God

TODAY’S VERSE
“Israel is full of silver and gold; there is no end to its treasures. Their land is full of warhorses; there is no end to its chariots. Their land is full of idols.”
Isaiah 2:7-8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
This is one of the saddest passages in Scriptures. Think about it. Here is a picture of God’s people. They were blessed beyond belief. They had gold, silver, and more treasures than they could ever use. They had mighty armies. They had everything they could possibly want. And yet the passage says, “Their land is full of idols.” What was that about? How could they be so blessed by God and yet wander so far from Him? They wandered from God in the same way we do, one idol at a time. It comes in the form of small compromises in their spirituality. They didn’t give up their religion, instead they added to it. At least that is how they saw it. As they mingled with other nations, they began to let other influences creep in. Many, who were nominal in their allegiance to God, were easily swayed. Who said that a medium couldn’t speak for God? Who were they to say that the other prophets were wrong? Surely all roads led to a universal enlightenment and eventually to God Himself. Sound familiar? Today we have just as many influences. Our land is full of idols. Look around us. People are hungry for spirituality and there are all kinds of religions, mediums, magic, witches, spirit guides, mysticism, meditations and practices that try to fill that void. Examine your own heart. Are you dependant on the Holy Spirit and the word of God for your spiritual nourishment? Or have you let other influences creep into your spiritual life? Today, let us repent of any “idols” and live for and worship the one true God.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me for allowing other influences to come between me and You. You are the true and living God and there are no others. I come and pledge my worship and allegiance to You.
AMEN

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God Alone

TODAY’S VERSE
“Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”
Psalms 5:2-3 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It’s not God plus. That is what happened to the children of Israel. They turned from God toward idols. Oh, they kept their form of religion but added idolatry until it became dominant in their thinking and actions. How about you? What are you trusting in? Is it your job? Your education? Your reputation? Do you trust in positive thinking or some other worldly philosophy? Have you crowded out God for some other form of comfort? David came to God each morning. When he was troubled, he cried out to God; no one else, just God. And God heard his prayers. David trusted God and waited patiently for Him. Today, you can do the same. He is trustworthy. His love for you is boundless, His mercy is endless and His grace is sufficient for all your needs. Might you say with David, “I pray to no one but you. Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”
  
TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I come to You and You alone for all I need. Forgive me when I have turned to other things. I know better. You are sufficient. I know Your love for me is boundless. So today, I come and I bring all my requests, hopes and dreams to You. Thank You, Father.
AMEN

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Beware Of Idolatry

TODAY’S VERSE
“Has any nation ever traded its gods for new ones, even though they are not gods at all? Yet my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols! The heavens are shocked at such a thing and shrink back in horror and dismay,’ says the LORD. ‘For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me — the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!”
Jeremiah 2:11-13 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We hear so much about other religions today. As a church we see many people joining their ranks. But I am not so worried about church members converting to another religion. What I am more concerned about is our desire for idols. Idols, those “non-gods” that we attribute magical power to, and feel we can add it to our Christian faith. This is what Jeremiah was concerned about. He was concerned about the local tribal idols that represented “sun”, or “rain” or “war”. These idols that people believed had magical powers to bring fertility or prosperity to a region. These were seemingly non-threatening idols, able to co-exist with Jehovah. But God was upset! I write about this because I am in the thick of it. I teach on God’s ability to heal us emotionally and am constantly aware of all the other practices going on. The church is constantly be challenged by idols. They come under the guise of “healing”. There is talk of “energy”, “spirit guides”, “universal consciousness” and other “helps” that we can add to our Christianity. They come with their own “magical powers” and seem to be a perfect match for our belief system. We must be careful. Science is science, but when we attribute God-like characteristics to a humanistic philosophy, we start to trip into idolatry. The Holy Spirit is just that, the Holy Spirit. Not an Eastern religious manifestation of energy. Not an “inner spiritual guide” explained in some non-biblical text. There will always be “spiritual” explanations for phenomena and there will be no end of teachers that have their own good sounding belief systems. However, we need to remember that we believe in Jehovah, the one true God. He alone is worthy of all our praise. He is all we will ever need.
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You alone are God. You alone are all powerful and all knowing. Forgive me when I fall prey to other sophisticated sounding beliefs. I repent and worship You alone.
AMEN

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Worship God Alone

TODAY’S VERSE
“Gideon made a sacred ephod from the gold and put it in Ophrah, his hometown. But soon all the Israelites prostituted themselves by worshiping it, and it became a trap for Gideon and his family.”
Judges 8:27 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What was a great political victory ended up being a Spiritual defeat. The Israelites had done evil in Gods sight so He allowed the Midianites to take over their land and persecute them. An angel of God came to Gideon and told him that he was chosen by God to lead his people to victory over the Midianites. However, Gideon doubted the Angel and three different times he asked God for a sign in order to know if what he heard was true. It was a sort of divination like the casting of lots. This kind of testing God comes close to superstition. Soon the objects become sacred like magical bones or cards that we see in so many mystical practices. God warns about such practices. He does not allow idolatry nor does He want us to put magical powers in objects of chance. But that is what Gideon did. Here God led Gideon into battle and against all odds Gideon and the chosen 300 soldiers defeated a vast army. And Gideon knew it was God. God talked directly to him, yet after such a victory he took gold and made an Ephod. It was a vest worn by someone who was going to “divine” God’s will by casting bones or looking for signs. And the result was, instead of God getting praise and worship, people worshiped the Ephod. They relegated God’s mighty love, grace and power to a magical vest! What do we worship? What superstitions do we allow to creep into our life? What “magical” behavior must we perform in order to receive God’s grace? Today, worship God alone. He alone is the giver of love, grace, forgiveness and mercy. He alone deserves our praise and adoration. Worship Him– we need nothing else. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, so often I am so desperate for a sign I take my eyes off of You. Forgive me. You alone are worthy of all my praise and worship. You alone are all power, love and forgiveness. I worship You.
AMEN

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