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Thursday, June 1, 2017

The God You Worship

June 1

(Jonah 2:8-9 NIV) "Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. {9} But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the Lord."

(Jeremiah 2:11 NIV) "Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their Glory for worthless idols."

(Psalms 62:1 NIV) "My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him."

A recent poll revealed that one out of every ten Americans believes that Elvis isn't really dead. What this means is that we now have more Elvis believers in the USA than the number of people who call themselves Presbyterians or Lutherans. Many people today are "spiritual", but are still idolaters. The various gods we worship are not all created equal. Many people believe in a god who requires no change… a god who does not intrude on our lives... a god who stays handy for times of crisis. Asking the Lord to tear down our idols is a waste of time. He won’t do it. We built them -- we must tear them down ourselves. It doesn't matter whether our idols are carvings or concepts, we must be rid of them in order to really follow Jesus. We must abandon the false gods that often dominate our thinking, for in clinging to worthless idols, we forfeit grace. Cast them out. Show no mercy on them. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day 

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