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Ten Habits Highly Healthy Homes of
Habit 2 Avoid The Counterfeits Avoid The Counterfeits Exodus 20:4-6
Do not make idols of any kind, whether in the shape of birds or animals or fish.
Exodus 20:4-6 You must never worship or bow down to them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god!
Exodus 20:4-6 I do not leave unpunished the sins of those who hate me, but I punish the children for the sins of their parents to the third and fourth generations.
Exodus 20:4-6 But I lavish my love on those who love me and obey my commands, even for a thousand generations.
Idols anything that takes the focus off God and puts it on something else
Idols anything that is first in my life besides God becomes an idol – even if it is good
Idols 3 primary gods Baal, god of sex Mammon, god of money Molech, god of violence 3 primary gods Baal, god of sex Mammon, god of money Molech, god of violence
Idols in modern culture, we don’t worship objects as much as we worship ideas and images
Idols we try to make God over in our image so we won’t feel condemned by His commands
Genesis 2:16-17 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
Genesis 2:16-17 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
The devil tries to portray God as the TAKER, when He is really the GIVER.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Deuteronomy 4:15-16 For your own good … don’t sin by making an idol in any form at all.
What Idols Do To Me
Idols will disappoint me
Jeremiah 10:14 Those who make idols are disillusioned because the gods they make are false and lifeless.
Idols will dominate me
1 Corinthians 12:2 [Before you knew Christ] you were controlled by dead idols, who always led you astray.
An idol has two inevitable effects … 1.It begins to control you 2.It causes you to be led astray 1.It begins to control you 2.It causes you to be led astray
Idols will deform me
Psalm 115:8 Those who make idols will become like them, and so will those who trust in them.
Why We Worship Idols
We are attempting to limit God’s location
We are attempting to reduce God’s power
Many people change their theology because they can’t justify their lifestyle any other way.
We are attempting to control God
The Benefits Of Worshipping Only God
1 1 It will delight me
Proverbs 37:4 Seek your happiness in the Lord and He will give you your heart’s desire.
2 2 It will deliver me
John 8:36 If the Son sets you free, you will be really free.
God will set you free from your … PAST – regrets PRESENT – habits FUTURE – worries God will set you free from your … PAST – regrets PRESENT – habits FUTURE – worries
3 3 It will develop me
2 Corinthians 3:18 As the Spirit of the Lord works with us, we become more and more like Him.
Colossians 1:5 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
1 John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
Habit 2: Avoid The Counterfeits Habit 2: Avoid The Counterfeits
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