Open Heaven Daily Devotional: Tuesday, 9th February 2021 – A Time To Flee III
Memorise: Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. – 1 Corinthians 10:14
Read: Deuteronomy 4:23-24 (KJV)
23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee.
24 For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
Our God is a jealous God. He hates to share you with any other god. That is why you must flee idolatry. Idolatry means worshipping idols. Anything you regard higher than God is an idol, whether you are doing consciously or not. This is why you need to check who you are worshipping at every point in time. For some people, it is their jobs. They don’t joke with their job at all; even when it clashes with God’s will, their job is priority. Jesus said:
“No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” – Luke 16:13
The moment your source of income has become so important that it takes priority over God, you are serving an idol. Many people purposely leave most of their money at home and take just a little amount to Church because they know that God can ask them to give more than they planned for. When God tells some people to sow a seed that they don’t want to sow, they quickly tell their spouse because they know he or she will disagree, then they go back to God and say “Lord, you see that I wanted to sow, but my spouse refused” You forget that God can see your heart (Proverbs 16:2). When God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac to Him, Abraham could have quickly told Sarah, knowing that Sarah could hide the boy. He however kept mute; he didn’t even say anything to the boy who was to be sacrificed. This is a heart that puts no other thing before God.
God does not want any other position in your heart but number one. The moment something else is competing with Him, He excuses Himself. He said you should either be hot or cold; if you are lukewarm, He will spew you out of His Mouth (Revelations 3:16).
I once told a brother that we were going for evangelism on a Monday and would like to use his car. He immediately replied that he needed the car to go to work. I then assured him that all the vehicles we needed were already prepared; it was just a test. He couldn’t even take public transportation to work for only one day so that the word of God could be preached to lost souls.
At one point or the other, God will ask you to choose between His will and something or someone you love very much. I hope you choose God.
Is God really number one in your life?
Hymn 14: Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All
- Jesus, my Lord, my God, my all,
Hear me, blest Saviour, when I call;
Hear me, and from Thy dwelling place
Pour down the riches of Thy grace;
Jesus, my Lord, I Thee adore;
O make me love Thee more and more.
- Jesus, too late I Thee have sought;
How can I love Thee as I ought?
And how extol Thy matchless fame,
The glorious beauty of Thy name?
- Jesus, what didst Thou find in me,
That Thou hast dealt so lovingly?
How great the joy that Thou hast brought
So far exceeding hope or thought!
- Jesus, of Thee shall be my song,
To Thee my heart and soul belong;
All that I have or am is Thine,
And Thou, blest Saviour, Thou art mine.
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