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Thursday, February 9, 2012

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1 Kings 11:4-13
Psalm 106:3-4, 35-37, 40
Mark 7:24-30

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an "idol" mind is the devil's workshop

"They served their idols, which became a snare for them." —Psalm 106:36

Solomon, the wisest man in the world, became such a fool as to set the stage for a civil war and the massive deterioration of God's people. Solomon's downfall was the sin of idolatry. He adored false gods, such as Astarte, Milcom, Chemosh, and Molech (1 Kgs 11:5-7).

Many people aren't too upset to hear about idolatry. They may realize they have committed many sins, but they don't see themselves as having done that one. They've never bowed down to grotesque images or burned incense in weird cults. However, we don't have to act like that to commit the sin of idolatry. By merely presuming we can disobey God and get away with it, we can commit the sin of idolatry (1 Sm 15:23). Putting anything ahead of God and thereby not giving our hearts entirely to Him is idolatry (1 Kgs 11:4). For example, the sin of giving in to greed can be in effect idolatry (Eph 5:5). Therefore, idolatry is a sin often committed. Idolatry can even be a way of life, "for the worship of infamous idols is the reason and source and extremity of all evil" (Wis 14:27).

"Do not deceive yourselves: no fornicators, idolators, or adulterers, no sodomites, thieves, misers, or drunkards, no slanderers or robbers will inherit God's kingdom" (1 Cor 6:9-10, our emphasis). Love the Lord with all your heart and repent of idolatry. "My little children, be on your guard against idols" (1 Jn 5:21).

Prayer:  Lord, You are God alone. I worship You alone.

Promise:  "When she got home, she found the child lying in bed and the demon gone." —Mk 7:30

Praise:  Repenting of putting money before God, Larry learned of His Father's providential love.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape on Following the World (Spiritual Adultery) on audio AV 53-1 or video V-53.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 29, 2011

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