Tuesday, 23 July 2013

PUT AWAY “STRANGE gods”

TEXT: GENESIS 35: 2
Many people today are cleaving to “strange gods” without them knowing. Whatever consumes you, whatever you give yourself to, whatever dominates you, whatever has taken the place of God in your life, that thing becomes a god in your life.
Having  “Strange gods” may not be any carved image, it may be money, power, property, wealth, clothes, shoes, furniture, cars, gargets, alcohol, drug, astrology, business, job, children, spouse, and relationships. God is precise in his instruction to us, “thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” (Exodus 20:4). The lord does not want anything that will take us away from Him, He created us for Himself alone, so He get jealous when He discovers that something is taking His place in our hearts.
Getting yourself involved in “strange gods” may not be done deliberately, it happens unknowingly. Things that takes the place of God in our lives creeps in gradually that we may not even notice that something is taking God away from us.
Some people turn their wealth to their gods, they believe that they can do anything they want to do with their money, and therefore they have no regard for God anymore.  To some; their gods are their children and spouses. People tend to serve God better when they are looking for a change in their status, once there is a promotion or an additional blessing; they allow the position to push them away from God, by making the blessing to take the place of God in their lives. Anything that God has blessed us with should be used to serve Him; we should not allow any material things to become our gods, there can only be one God, which is the Almighty God that created the heaven and the earth and everything in it, including the material things that are keeping us away from our source.
The lord is talking to us today to put away everything that is taking the place of God in our lives and turn to Him in repentance. Stop idolising your jobs, children, businesses, spouses, positions, and relationships, it is not when you have a graven image in the corner of your house that you have a strange god, any job, any relationship, business, wealth and riches that is taking the place of God in your life, is a “strange god.” Therefore put them away today and face the only living God.

Whatever thing you are obsessed with, becomes your god, put your mind off material things and be obsessed with the things of God.

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