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Avoid The CounterfeitsExodus 20:4-6
Exodus 20:4-6Do not make idols of any kind, whether in the shape of birds or animals or fish.
Exodus 20:4-6You must never worship or bow down to them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god!
Exodus 20:4-6I do not leave unpunished the sins of those who hate me, but I punish the children for the sins of their parents to the third and fourth generations.
Exodus 20:4-6But I lavish my love on those who love me and obey my commands, even for a thousand generations.
Idolsanything that takes the focus off God and puts it on something else
Idolsanything that is first in my life besides God becomes an idol even if it is good
Idols3 primary gods
Baal, god of sex
Mammon, god of money
Molech, god of violence
Idolsin modern culture, we dont worship objects as much as we worship ideas and images
Idolswe try to make God over in our image so we wont feel condemned by His commands
Genesis 2:16-1716And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
Genesis 2:16-1717But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
The devil tries to portray God as the TAKER, when He is really the GIVER.
James 1:17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Deuteronomy 4:15-16For your own good dont sin by making an idol in any form at all.
What Idols Do To Me
Idols will disappoint me
Jeremiah 10:14Those who make idols are disillusioned because the gods they make are false and lifeless.
Idols will dominate me
1 Corinthians 12:2[Before you knew Christ] you were controlled by dead idols, who always led you astray.
An idol has two inevitable effects
It begins to control youIt causes you to be led astray
Idols will deform me
Psalm 115:8Those who make idols will become like them, and so will those who trust in them.
Why We Worship Idols
We are attempting to limit Gods location
We are attempting to reduce Gods power
Many people change their theology because they cant justify their lifestyle any other way.
We are attempting to control God
The Benefits Of Worshipping Only God
1It will delight me
Proverbs 37:4Seek your happiness in the Lord and He will give you your hearts desire.
2It will deliver me
John 8:36If the Son sets you free, you will be really free.
God will set you free from your
3It will develop me
2 Corinthians 3:18As the Spirit of the Lord works with us, we become more and more like Him.
Colossians 1:5Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
1 John 5:21Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
Avoid The Counterfeits