Flee Idolatry

by Rev. John Cortright on October 23, 2005
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Flee from Idolatry

Deuteronomy 10:12-21

Verse 20 "cling" is the same word used of a husband being joined to his wife. We are to be joined with him, in heart! Idolatry is excessive devotion to a person or thing other than God. God is to be first in our lives. If anything takes the place of our devotion which belongs to God, then this thing could be a source of idolatry in our heart

Matthew 6:24 You cannot serve two masters.

Idolatry keeps God from being first in our hearts.

Psalms 135:15-18

Jeremiah 10:2-15 This is God's opinion of idols.

There are clear warnings in Scripture about keeping ourselves from idolatry.

Little children, guard yourselves from idols (I John 5:21).

I Corinthians 10:1-14 Idolatry has always adversely affected God's people

In almost all cases, the root cause of God's people turning from God was some form of idolatry.

And we are warned to flee the same type of temptations that would also adversely affect our lives.

Ezekiel 20:5-8, 15 and 16 When Israel came to the point that they had the chance to enter the promised land, they were filled with unbelief. The root of their problem was the idolatry that still existed in their heart.

I Samuel 4:2-11 Although they seemingly wanted God, their hearts were after other gods. God cannot be fooled by men. He knows what is in the heart of a man. Israel had idolatry in their hearts (Judges 10:6 and 7).

I Samuel 5:1-12 God mocks the false gods of this world. I Samuel 7:3-9 The idolatry issue had to be resolved.

Verses 10-13 "Ebenezer" means "the stone of help."

Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5 Covetousness, evil desire, and greed amount to idolatry. Put this aside in your life. Consider it dead.

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