TRUST NOT IN IDOLS

TRUST NOT IN IDOLS

Isaiah 44:9 “All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame.”

The Scene: A hand-made wooden idol–trust not in idols, whether wood, silver, gold, or money. “Trusting in false idols leads to ignorance, shame, and ruin,” said the Holy Spirit through His Word.

Isaiah 44:10-11 “Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit him nothing? He and his kind will be put to shame; craftsmen are nothing but men. Let them all come together and take their stand; they will be brought down to terror and infamy.” Also read v v.12-21 for better understanding.

Man uses his resources for many things, including making idols–people who fashion or trust in idols have no understanding of what they do.

Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

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GOD’S PLAN

GOD’S PLAN

Genesis 45:3-5, 7-8 ” Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph! Is my father still living?’ But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence. Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘Come close to me.’ When they had done so, he said, ‘I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.’ “

The Scene: Clock and calendar showing the passage of time.

God has a plan for every life–the story of Joseph and his brothers exemplifies this point. (Read Genesis 45 for complete understanding.)

Satan wants to put fear into everyone to thwart God’s plan for our lives. God’s people are required to stay steadfast in their faith. Joseph remained sure in his faith in God, rising to be second in command over the Egyptian nation under Pharaoh.

Ecclesiastes 3:17. “I thought in my heart, ‘God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed.’ “

Because Joseph was faithful to God, Father God was able to use Joseph to save the Israelites (a remnant). Joseph is seen as a type of Christ because of his role as a savior.

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COMPLETE IN HIM

COMPLETE IN HIM II

John 9:4 ” As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”

The Scene: A flower in full bloom and complete.

Like this flower, our Lord tells us we, too, are complete in Him. We have been given everything we need to grow spiritually in this world, living a life of godliness, through our knowledge of Him, Jesus Christ.

Filled with the Holy Spirit, we who are born-again Christians are equipped to do whatever tasks God has for us. “You are well able,” said the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 37:3-6 “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”

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FENCES/WALLS

FENCES/WALLS

Ephesians 2:14 ” For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace.”

The Scene: A fence or wall–a barrier erected by fearful people.

People build fences or barriers,* both physical and mental, quickened the Holy Spirit. “They try to close themselves in and the world out; at the same time they have closed out the great I AM. John 1:11 “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.” *Barriers are erected because of social status, religion, ethnic background, etc.

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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ENTER HIS GATES

ENTER HIS GATES

Psalm 100:4-5 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”

The Scene: The gates* into heaven (pearl gates with gold posts) through which the righteous people must enter.

Psalm 118:19-21 “Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.”

Likewise, God’s people will go in and go out of the holy city, the New Jerusalem, by way of the gates. Revelation 21:21 “The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.”

Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.”

All whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will enter through God’s gates:

  • Jesus is the gate through which all must pass to gain access to heaven. He is the only way to salvation, through belief in Him, the only Son of God, our Savior.

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THE BOOK OF THE LAW

THE BOOK OF THE LAW

Galatians 3:10 “All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.’ “

The Scene: The Book of the Law (or Torah*)

*Torah: Hebrew for instruction or law comprised of the first five books of Moses.

We are told in the Holy Scriptures to be doers of the Word, “Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22)

Jesus came to earth to show himself as the Lawgiver and to lead the way to our salvation.

Romans 13:8-10 “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law. The commandments, Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not covet, and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

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SEVENTH DAY (REST)

SEVENTH DAY

Genesis 2:2 “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.”

Hebrews 4:9-10 “There remains, then a Sabbath-rest for the people of God. For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.”

The Scene: The tools have been laid down–the day’s & week’s work is finished. God reminds us in His Word to rest from not only our physical labor, but that one day we will enjoy our spiritual rest with Him in heaven.

Revelation 14:13 “Then I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them. ‘ “

For those who refuse to worship our holy God through Jesus the Christ, there will be no rest in the Day of Judgment that is coming for all people.

Revelation 14:11 “And the smoke of their torment rises forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the the mark of his name.”

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