You don’t have to carve a graven image of a ‘god’ and worship it, to be guilty of worshiping idols. To understasnd this, let’s look at the entire Word of God concerning this Commandment. “1 And God spoke all these words, saying: 2 ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 You shall have no other gods before Me. 4 You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.’ ” Exodus 20: 1 – 6 (NKJV) Yes, this commandment does speak about carved images and likenesses of things.Yes they are forbidden. But that is not all the Word says. Before that, it says, ” You shall have no other gods before Me.” Immediately after that it says, ” you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.” You do not have to have an actual idol or likeness of something to bow down to a false god. One of the biggest things of the world people bow down to is the idol of MONEY! To many, money is the key to all success. Money is all they think they need to be happy. If they only had more money, they could do everything they ever wanted to do for themselves and their families. They sacrifice time with their families to make more money. They sacrifice time with friends. They will sacrifice time they should spend with God, to worship their false god of money. But money isn’t the only thing. The love of any thing, or person, you place above God, is a false idol! Lust for any thing of this world which takes time and attention from God, is a false god. “24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24 (NKJV) “15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world.” 1 John 2: 15 – 16 (NKJV) When you place anything of this world above God, you are worshipping or ‘bowing down’ to it and replacing it for God – it is a false god! John tells us this includes ‘pride of life’ – ego or self! There are some who place themselves above God, who really deny God, because they feel they do not need Him. There are some who claim to be ‘of God’ and claim to speak His Word, but actually only serve themselves and their worldy desires. They are actually servants of the prince of darkness, and are deceiving not only others, but themselves as well. Are you worshipping a false god? Do you place anything above God and His Word? Is anything, or person (including your family and friends) more important to you than God? If so, you are guilty! Nothing,not a person or thing, of this world, can give you the things which God gives you. Money cannot give you that.People of this world cannot give you that. Nothing of this world can give yiou any of the things God can, AND DOES. Only God can give you true happiness. Only God can give you true peace. Only God can give you eternal life through His Son, Christ Jesus. WHAT OF THIS WORLD CAN GIVE YOU THAT?
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I have been asked several times why I choose writing poetry and motivating people. Well, my answer is simple: If you find yourself in my side of life, you'll definitely be grateful about the simple things life offers. You'll come to understand that every single day is an opportunity, and a reason to be grateful. I love what I do not because I generate a flow of income from it, but because in what I do, I can define my life and at the same time give meaning to someone elses life. As a poet my perception to life and the things that happen around me is quite endearing. I see life from the angle of possibilities. "Having overtime understood that drooling over situations never change the results, I choose to be optimistic at all levels and sphere of life." Born into a humble background, where my Destiny helper took the pains of seeing me through school as his last born and integrate me into his blissful family. gave me quite the necessary lessons I needed to become the man I have grown to be. Life is simply amazing when you see situations as a class and a needed lesson. I am simply an observer, I try my best to sketch out my tomorrow from my today's views. As a motivator, I see every experiences as a needed tool to help my friends, acquaintance and the entire society towards making the right choices. When you appreciate the person you have become, you can easily define your life's journey from where you came from, having a clear vision and understanding of your desired destination. Self-discovery means many things. It means finding your purpose in life (we all have a purpose), it means digging deep into your childhood and revealing the experiences that shaped you... good and bad. It means realizing what your beliefs are and living by them. The effects of self-discovery include happiness, fulfillment, clarity and maybe even enlightenment! The journey however is not always an easy road. The journey includes fear, confusion, misunderstanding, doubt and literally re-visiting all your choices in life. I like to refer to it as reshuffling of the mind, your emotions and your surroundings (including the people in your life). It requires making some tough decisions and sticking to them. My journey so far has seen me cut people out of my life. I call them the “takers.” They were takers because I allowed them to be and it wasn’t until I realized that many of these relationships were one-sided — self- discovery — that I decided to cut them out. It has also seen me completely change the course of my life and start to follow my true passion and purpose (poetry and motivation). I have also started to set intentions and no longer have expectations from others — okay... this one is really hard for me and it’s a work in progress — but instead I have started to look within for answers. I’ve had several set backs along the way and I have no doubt I will have many more but, I’m not giving up. What I know for sure is that the journey is worth taking. I am slowly becoming my true self, more aware and more tolerant. I am learning how to pay attention to my feelings and understand myself better. What I know for sure is that I have had several unrealistic expectations, which have set up for disappointment. Apparently because I lie to myself. Why do we do this? Why do we lie to ourselves? And more importantly, why do we allow ourselves to get away with it? When someone else lies to me and I find out about it I freak out. “How dare he lie to me? Does she think I’m stupid?” but, we lie to ourselves profusely and even cover up our own lies by accepting them as truth in order to reassure ourselves that it’s okay!!! What I know for sure is that being true to my feelings and accepting the poet and motivator in me and also acknowledging him as well as validating him has released so much fear in me. It has released my fear of not being good enough as well as my fear of not living up to the expectations I set for myself. What I know for sure is that we are usually our own worst enemy. We hold ourselves back in so many ways and accepting who I am, helps me move away from that pattern. The freedom you will feel within yourself starts when you accept the person you are or have become without being bias. However, the universe will give you back in rewards when your passion and obsession for who you are and what you believe in supercedes the challenges and discouragement that comes from your distrators. View all posts by boazolaosebikan