Don’t Be Tricked By the Second…

Are you flirting with another god?

“We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” 1 John 5:19-21.

It is my observation that Satan has settled for a few false God’s with which to tempt American Christians instead of golden calves, images of Pharaohs, or planets and stars. God has instructed Christians to keep their lives clear of things that wrestle their affections away from Him, but I see, especially on Facebook, more and more Christian honoring false worship.

The one I see most is the worship of mankind. “Believe in yourself, set your own path, we are OK, more than OK, we are our own god.” This message can be overt or very subtle, but it is Godless.

Many Christian sports sites sell posters that worship the accomplishments of human determination as if we were sacred.

If every thought is to “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5), we need to weigh these cutesy posters as to how they exalt man above God or encourage to lessen our dependence upon God.

Another one I have notices (and now I am getting fussy) are the use of horoscopes and forbidden arts by Christians. They are not harmless. They are forbidden.

Deuteronomy 18:10 links horoscopes, astrology and fortune tellers with evil such as child sacrifice and witchcraft as being an abomination to God. After the disciples opposed Simon the Sorcerer in Acts 8, the new Christians who had been influenced by astrology burned their books when they became Christians in Acts 9.

Finally, the Christian has a spiritual guide and a book to follow. “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” John 16:13.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16).


Letting Go of the Small

Mar 15:20-21  “And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him. 21  And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.”

Simon of Cyrene came to Jerusalem with expectations of worship, sacrifice and communion with God. His plans were derailed when he carried the cross, becoming defiled by the blood of a condemned man. His long journey to Jerusalem for the Passover, the trip of a lifetime, ended with a task that disqualified him from all his plans. Yet what he found was much, much better.

Today, we must consider our expectations. God often gives us a desire (Psalms 37:4), and we establish our expectations in accomplishing it. But the death He requires (Galatians 5:24) calls for complete trust in Him . That includes death to our expectations (“…crucified the flesh with its passions and desires…”).

A child, being told that he will be going to Disney Land, has expectations of what to expect. Yet these expectations, born in his imagination, fall short of the true experience. “But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him…’”

The greatest reason our expectations, like Simon’s, have to be forsaken, is that they are too small.