Psalm 16:4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
Is Football wrong? Is NASCAR sinful? Is owning a boat a sign of someone who is morally bankrupt? The answer is NO! (WOW, I imagine right now some of you are glad to hear that.) However, when they become what we worship over the one true God, then yes. You see, items, material goods, hobbies, sports, etc. are not in themselves sinful. None of these things can make us sin. Yet, any of these things, or anything, can be used by the Satan to distract our attention away from God. David in today’s Psalm said; “Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god:” Oh how often I have witnessed this to be true. What started out as a simple pass time or hobby, became an obsession, and it has taken people away from church, family, and even God.
Several years ago a young youth pastor at the church I attended shared a message entitled “The God Shelf.” The main concept was that everyone has a shelf in their life on which they keep what they worship most. The rule was, there could only be one thing on that shelf at a time. Whatever held that prominent position was then your god. If your car became your obsession, then you had to remove God from His place on that shelf and put your car there. It could be a job, hobbies, sport, or anything at all. However you were only allowed one thing on that God shelf. All too often we end up following after what’s wrong.
In Col. 1:18 Paul wrote of God; “…that in all things he might have the preeminence.” Is God preeminent, first place in your life? Does the worship of God, or the worship of something else have your attention, and consume your thoughts and time?
What’s On Your God Shelf?
Everything in the Christian life revolves around one word, one inner peace and security, and that is FAITH. It is that faith in God that sees us through situations like we saw this week in:
● Future Of All Man
● Final Exam
● Forgetting Nothing
● Fearful, Or Foolish
● Falling In Your Own Trap
● Following What’s Wrong
That’s why Gal 3:11 is so true when it says, “the just shall live by FAITH.”
Today we suggest you read and study whatever the Lord has laid on your Pastors heart. Whatever scripture he uses for today’s messages were given to him by God for your specific needs
|August 5, 2019||Psa. 18-21||Acts 28:17-31|
|August 6, 2019||Psa. 22-26||Rom. 1|
|August 7, 2019||Psa. 27-32||Rom. 2|
|August 8, 2019||Psa. 33-36||Rom. 3|
|August 9, 2019||Psa. 37-41||Rom. 4|
|August 10, 2019||Psa. 42-47||Rom. 5|
|August 11, 2019||No Passages Assigned|
But without FAITH it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Living In His Word Ministries
“Getting people into the Word of God…
… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director