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Idolatry is idol worship! We are admonished by God's word to FLEE FROM IDOLATRY! 

" Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry." 1 Corinthians 10:14

Flee means to run! Run from idolatry!  When you are told to run from something, common sense tells you, there is danger! If you want safety, follow that simple instruction, FLEE! 


“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me." Exodus 20:2-3

Idols are gods who want to or have taken the place of God in our lives! 

The children of Israel were in Egypt under slavery, oppression and terrible bondage but the Lord Almighty brought them out!  He did for them what no god or idol could do for them! Sadly, they reverted to idol worship in the wilderness! 

We (Believers) share the same story of redemption and freedom like the Isrealites through the redemptive work of Christ on Calvary!  Christ did for us what no man or god or idol could do for us! 

And like the Isrealites though free, the temptations to revert to idol worship or idolatry or worship of other gods abound! Sadly, many believers have fallen victims! 

In our contemporary world, a lot of idols abound! The devil has set them in place, so we can worship him by worshipping those things or beings! Remember how the Devil asked our Lord Jesus to bow and worship in exchange for the glory of this world? The devil is still doing the same, soliciting for worship through idols! 


WHY FLEE FROM IDOLATRY? 

Worship of idols is worship of the devil! The one whose mission is to STEAL, KILL AND DESTROY! The Isrealites who succumbed to idolatry paid with their lives and glorious destinies!  The devil is the father of all liars, it's foolishness of the highest order to do business with the devil through idolatry!  I pity a lot of these famous people who at one point sold their souls to the devil for fame and money! Behind the smiles and flashy cars and houses is an unfathomable EMPTINESS!  The devil has stolen every good thing from their hearts and left nothing but EMPTINESS!  Little wonder, some commit suicide, others die mysteriously etc 

A LIST OF IDOLS IN OUR TIME 

1. MONEY: Many are worshipping the god of money!  Money and it's pursuit is first, self second and God can come in the picture! For money believers have lied, for money believers have cheated, for money believers have betrayed, for money believers have killed, for money believers have fornicated or committed Adultery! FLEE FROM THE WORSHIP OF MONEY! The love of money rather than love of God, automatically makes money your god! 


2. SELF: Lovers of self rather than lovers of God! Self can be an idol!  Self can be a god! Love of self can make self an idol or god demanding our worship!  When self becomes your idol, you can do anything to please the god of SELF! This is why many commit all manner of atrocities just to appease the god of self! Sexual sins (homosexuality, fornication, adultery, bestiality), abortion, drunkenness, drug abuse, pride, ego, bitterness, anger, strife, unforgiveness, all kinds of sin is a sacrifice made to the god of self! FLEE FROM IDOLATRY BELOVED! 


3. MEDIA: The love of entertainment can make the media, technology etc to become your idol! The love of sports can make sports become an idol! For sports, television, devices and Hollywood some have traded away genuine fellowship with God! They have enough time for all these things but little or none for prayers and study of the Word! They will go rather to a sporting event or movie than go for fellowship!

 

4. MAN : if you love a man more than God, he has become your idol!  If you love a woman more than God, she has become your god demanding your worship! When you love anybody more than God, that individual automatically becomes your idol! You can do virtually anything to appease that idol! 


ANYTHING OR ANYONE YOU LOVE MORE THAN THE LORD IS YOUR IDOL! BEHIND THAT IDOL IS THE DEVIL!  ALL YOU DO TO APPEASE THAT IDOL YOU ARE DOING TO PLEASE THE DEVIL! 

FLEE FROM IDOLATRY INTO THE LOVING ARMS OF JESUS TODAY! 

Mike Odeh Aug 26 '15 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 2 · Tags: idols, money
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. "

Matthew 5:16 

Light is a very important element!  The only permanent remedy for darkness is LIGHT!  The absence of light is the presence of darkness in abundance! 

" You are the light of the world..." says the Lord Jesus, God the Son,  the Lord of the heavens and the earth! 

The Lord did not say, ' I think you are the light of the world. " Neither did He say, " You are going to be the light of the world. " He said, " YOU ARE THE LIGHT... "

YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD!  So, if there is darkness in your world and the world, it's because of you! 

As light, your calling and purpose in life is to SHINE! And you don't shine hiding under a basket!  Your place is on the LAMPSTAND! 


YOU ARE NOT JUST MANDATED TO SHINE BUT YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SO SHINE! 


HOW CAN I SHINE AS LIGHT? 


1. Through godly and holy living!  Light is light!  Light is pure, light and filth don't go together!  Light chases out filth and darkness!  You can't shine by tolerating sin in your life as a Believer!  The presence of dirt and filth in a believer is an indicator that you have traded your light for something else; or close to trading it away!

 The light that shines through a godly and holy life is bright, very bright and effective! We will not see remarkable result in our generation except we deal with filth and dirt in our lives! We can't embrace ungodliness and greed and pride and immorality and expect to SO SHINE AND DEFEAT DARKNESS! Dirt and filth don't conduct light!  There are LIGHT extinguisher! 


2. Good works: Light shines through GOOD WORKS!  Light cannot shine through bad works! At a time the Church was known for charitable deeds!  Giving to the poor and needy!  Giving to the less privileged!  But now the only form of giving we know is giving tithes and offerings, so we can get ten fold from God and lavish on our desires! Is tithes and offering bad?  It depends on your conviction or motive! 

Do good works brethren!  It is the good works that men will see and give glory to God! Give to the orphans, give to the poor and needy!  Give and don't expect nothing back!  Light just Shines and expect nothing in return!  As long as it is connected to the right source, it cannot get tired of shinning! 


THINGS THAT CAN HINDER A BELIEVER FROM SHINNING! 


1. Compromise: compromise is the basket that hinders the Light from executing it's divine mandate! We are the compromise generation!  Compromise may not stop you from still being a follower of Christ but it will hinder your light from shinning! 

Your place is on the LAMPSTAND!  And if you don't take a STAND, you can't stand on the Lampstand, hence you can't shine! 

There is no middle ground for Light, it's either on the LAMPSTAND or UNDER THE BASKET! 


WAYS WE CAN COMPROMISE :


(a) Disobedience : The Lord wants you to go to point C from point A, and you settle down at point B instead, at least you are no more at point A.


(b) Fear of men: We are afraid of hurting people's feelings! At the detriment of Who?  At the detriment of God and our divine mandate? If I preach this message, I will lose my members!  If I preach to him, he will ridicule me! To whom are you accountable? To men or God? You should rather be afraid of the One who will decide where you will spend eternity! 


2. You: You can hinder yourself from shinning! By unplugging your self entirely from Christ who is the source of your light! Judas Iscariot unplugged himself from Christ for thirty pieces of silver! 

And listen, when you unplug your self from Christ, you may still be able to glow for awhile, but you will glow into oblivion! 


A WORD IS ENOUGH FOR THE WISE!


MAY THE LORD HELP US! 


Mike Odeh Jul 29 '15 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 5 · Tags: the light


Deut. 28: 1-2 

" If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all His commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God."


He says your coming in and going out will be blessed. Enemies who rise up against you, will be defeated before your very self. The Lord will send blessings on everything you put your hand to. He will bless you so much , that all the people on earth will see that you have been called by the name of the Lord. 

This is the part I love most, "I will make you the head not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top never at the bottom!"

George Wion Sep 9 '15 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 2 · Tags: obedience, blessings
"The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with My disciples?"—Mark 14:14.
ERUSALEM at the time of the passover was one great inn; each householder had invited his own friends, but no one had invited the Saviour, and He had no dwelling of His own. It was by His own supernatural power that He found Himself an upper room in which to keep the feast. It is so even to this day—Jesus is not received among the sons of men save only where by His supernatural power and grace He makes the heart anew. All doors are open enough to the prince of darkness, but Jesus must clear a way for Himself or lodge in the streets. It was through the mysterious power exerted by our Lord that the householder raised no question, but at once cheerfully and joyfully opened his guestchamber. Who he was, and what he was, we do not know, but he readily accepted the honour which the Redeemer proposed to confer upon him. In like manner it is still discovered who are the Lord's chosen, and who are not; for when the gospel comes to some, they fight against it, and will not have it, but where men receive it, welcoming it, this is a sure indication that there is a secret work going on in the soul, and that God has chosen them unto eternal life. Are you willing, dear reader, to receive Christ? then there is no difficulty in the way; Christ will be your guest; His own power is working with you, making you willing. What an honour to entertain the Son of God! The heaven of heavens cannot contain Him, and yet He condescends to find a house within our hearts! We are not worthy that He should come under our roof, but what an unutterable privilege when He condescends to enter! for then He makes a feast, and causes us to feast with Him upon royal dainties, we sit at a banquet where the viands are immortal, and give immortality to those who feed thereon. Blessed among the sons of Adam is he who entertains the angels' Lord.
Michael Chris Nov 9 '15 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 1

The water that flows through your tap for your daily use has a source. In between your tap and the source are pipes that convey the water. Now, the quality of water you get at the tap depends on what is going on at the source or events within the pipes. 

God is the source of all eternal blessings and His disciples are the pipes that convey these blessings to the end users (people) . The Lord is holy and pure, so what comes from God as the source is pure, life changing and life giving. The Lord requires of us His disciples, the conveyor of His grace and blessings to be pure and holy if not for our sake atleast for the sake of the end users, for we know what a corroded and compromised pipe can do to the water regardless of it's purity and quality at the source. The health of the end users is at risk when the pipe is comprised. 

"but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16 

Mike Odeh Jan 17 '16 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 5 · Tags: purity
God throughout the historical time has ever sought for a MAN and not MEN. Ezekiel 22:30.
This search is deliberate and serious if we look at it from His points of view. God is a God of focus, serious minded and passionate about whom He can trust His divine Ageda. He would not want this trust to be traded cheaply with any other seeming reality of life!

He is therefore in search of a man through whom He can pour the drops of His blessing if he must bless men.
GOD IS LOOKING FOR A MAN OF SINGLE-HEARTED DEVOTION, DEDICATION, FAITHFUL MEN AND WOMEN WHOSE SOUL IS SOLD TO NOTHING BUT HIM! Only with these category can God work through to ensure our generation is filled with His presence as the water cover the sea.
Michael Chris Jul 4 '16 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 3