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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