BLESSINGS TO ALL, AND IN HOPES THAT ALL ARE DOING THE BEST THEY CAN BE. AS TIME GOES ON, MORE IS BEING REVEALED AND AS THE TRUTH SINKS IN, THE ATTEMPTS AT WRITING BECOME MORE DIFFICULT; BUT PRAYERFULLY WILL DO THE BEST POSSIBLE TO MAKE THINGS UNDERSTOOD. WITH LOVE FOR ALL, UNITED IN THE ALMIGHTY CREATOR FATHER __YHVSHA
THE SUBJECT OF IDOLATRY ODIOUS TO MOST, YET IN THIS TIME PERIOD, IS OF SUCH MAGNITUDE, IT CANNOT BE IGNORED. THE WHOLE WORLD IS FULL OF IDOLATRY, BUT WILL TRY AND RESTRAIN ATTENTION MOSTLY TO THE AMERICAN CONTINENT. WITH THE EXCEPTIONS OF A FEW PLACES; EVERY HOME IS LOADED WITH SUCH ITEMS, OR MINDSETS. TRULY NOT BEING JUDGEMENTAL, RATHER JUST BEING FACTUAL.
LETS LOOK AT THE SPIRITUAL NATURE TO START WITH; AS THIS IS THE BASIS OF THIS MESSAGE.
1 CORINTHIANS 10:14--"14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry"___
1 JOHN 5:21--"Dear children, keep yourselves from idols"___
COLOSSIANS 3:5--"Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry"___
LEVITICUS 19:4-"Do not turn to idols or make metal g-ds for yourselves. I am YAH (L-RD) your YHVH (G-d)___
EXODOS 203-6--"“You shall have no other g-ds before me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the YAH L-RD your YHVH G-d, am a jealous G-d, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
Then I said to them, ‘Let every man throw away the detestable things on which he feasts his eyes, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am YHVH (L-RD) your Elohim (G-d).
Hundreds more VERSES on the subject OF IDOLS are in the Scriptures.
1 Peter 1:16 - Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Isaiah 6:3 - And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is YHVH L-RD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
1 Peter 1:15-16 - But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; ...
Hebrews 12:14 - Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
We think we can easily look about and see many of these idols, and even turn loose of such, but the more difficult realm lays inside ourselves. Within the heart, the mind, and the Spirit as well. The best way to explain this most debilitating sin, (yes it is a sin) is to say, "Anything, Everything, regardless of physical or earthly substance, that is priority in our lives, above that of the Almighty Heavenly Father; is an ""idol". There are so many things that the "idol" can be.
Whatever takes up most of our time, when off work, necessary care of family; and obligations; whether it be sports, TV, video games, browsing the Internet, even excessive times pouring over magazines, or other self-gratifying times such as hours spent on hobbies; ANYTHING that takes away time that should be spent in study of Scripture, soul searching prayer, and casting ourselves at the feet of our Blessed Maker; = becomes idolatry. This becomes the 'test of the heart", the real exposure of what's deep in our soul. Where the ''want to'' resides, the intent, the alliance and the real LOVE resides. We are judging No one. The conscience can be judged by the 'Word of the Father', the Written Word of Scripture; our Almighty Y"SHA is the Judge. The subject is most revealing as we each look within our Hearts and our mind, to see where we reside. Where the real commitment and comradery lies.
'''''Please Blessed YHVH, rip off the blinders! Break apart and destroy the ravages of sin that have entrapped my heart and taken me away from your Precious Side! Please forgive me for my idolatry and personal neglect of Your Holy Word; and let me lay at your feet, this unworthy sinner needs you.''''''''_____
The standards we speak of, includes the 'Traditions' and old 'Roman Doctines' within the "Churches" of today. Only a very small minority truly follow the 'Word' as laid out in Scripture. The Churches in Revelation 2, give us a great overview of what the Almighty accepts. Even though many had good "works", (which we are to do); but emphasis was Not on the Love for The Almighty, and time spent with HIM. Nothing can leave out this most necessary and desired time with the Master.
Nothing else takes His: The Almighty's place, nor fulfills our need. One could carry his "Bible'' with him each and every day, and sleep with it at night; but it does not replace the time; personal TIME spent with YHVSHA; laying at at HIS NAIL SCARRED FEET, HOLDING ON TO EVERY MOMENT IN PRAYER WITH HIM, BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. Even upon waking hours, prayer before all activity; a daily REQUIRED need. The battle is heavy and noxious, and we need the Protective hand of our Beloved Father. We must clear our environments and purify our lives, by repentance, and dismissal of all idols. The Almighty hates Idolatry, and will not hear our prayers, or cries for relief as long as we hold "Idolatry" in our hearts and commissions. Idolatry can even follow the Master's Work; its subtle threads and tentacles are many.
A difficult look even comes upon the 'work' that is done for the Almighty; in this way; in other words, on what basis is the 'heart's real intent? Is it to make a 'place' for ourselves in the 'CAREERS' of Ministry, or to establish a Super Church; or to become famous and like unto 'other-known' Ministries? Do we think to become rich, with the excuse to help others? Is it to establish a _Family unit, to carry on a "Name" for years to come?_
What is the true reason for reaching out to others with The Gospel Message? Remember we can start out with the best of intentions, but we Must be very alert and super careful; after people begin to listen to us, that the distractions of work and personal contact do not turn us to other thoughts or directions. Many fave fallen through this temptation and destroyed years of faithful work. Once some lives have been touched by the messages, and people begin to 'listen with their hearts; the enemy comes in and starts the dirty work. He wants to destroy all validity, so attempts for Evangelism will be discontinued. This is subtle at first, but then he attacks on the weaker part of humanity trying to just bring in a little compromise. Perhaps a little on the side thought; usually with the best of intentions. Sometimes with believer's 'needs' as 'distractions'. the excuses are many and varied.)-----To Continue