Saturday, July 20, 2013

July 20, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . Little Children, Keep Yourselves From Idols  (Will D)
Bible Study Verses
Exodus 20:1-3
And God spoke all these words, saying:  "I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me." (NKJV)

Because of my service at church on Sunday morning, I need to get there very early. Every week, as I am driving to church, I see boat after boat heading to the Gulf or the bays for the worship of a different god. 

I know that it is very easy for us to be tempted to fall into the worship of some other god. God has blessed us with so much; we need to be very careful. We have the ability to turn anything into a god that we worship. 

How can we tell if we are heading down that road? Here is a good test: What do we think about most of the time or put first in our lives? It can be our home, a car, even a boat. For the sportsman, it can be a new fishing rod, a gun, a bow, or even the pursuit of that trophy elk, deer, or fish. Another god in our lives may be the little remote that we pick up when we sit down on the couch. Okay, I know it is not the god, but it surely controls the god. 

None of these things in and of themselves is bad; God has given them to us to enjoy Read James1:17. It's when we put them in the place that God should occupy in our lives that we get in trouble. What is it that you think about the most? Has it come between you and God? 
(Chris Q)
Action Point
We need to clean out the closet of our lives from time to time. Look at all the things with which God has blessed us. Are we serving the things that we have, or are we serving God Who provided those things? 

There is nothing we have that has not been given to us by God. He gives us far more than we deserve. Praise Him for it. "Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen," I John 5:21, (NKJV)
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Keep your gear stowed neatly in your boat. That next wave could cause you to lose your footing. A cluttered deck could result in adding injury to the insult.