Topic: Beware Of Idolatry
[DCLM Daily Manna 23 October 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Deuteronomy 29:16-22 (KJV)
Key Verse: “Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood“ (Deuteronomy 29:18).
God has never hidden the fact that He is a jealous God. Hence, He will not condone anyone serving Him with other gods. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God,…” (Exodus 20:3-5).
In contemporary times, idolatry has gone beyond worshipping of objects. Whatever you love, appreciate or give attention to more than God constitutes an idol. The social media, politics, sports, games, fashion, family, career, business, etc. have become the modern-day idols in the lives of many because they do not only compete with God, but also have relegate Him to a position of second fiddle in their lives.
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The passage for today reveals the fact that one can be drawn into idolatry through interaction and communication with idolaters as well as seeing or secretly coveting idolatrous activities. The Bible clarifies that “…evil communications corrupt good manners.” The text also outlines some of the consequences of idolatry to include: turning the heart away from God, poisoning the life of the idolatrous as “a root that bears gall and wormwood”, leading to delusion with the idolater blessing “himself in his heart”, and hardening of the heart. It further stated that God will not spare the idolater from His curse and anger. To keep away from idols, we must avoid fellowship with idolaters and guard our hearts diligently.
Thought For The Day: God’s judgment awaits all idolaters.
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