Regarding the idols/ false gods on the picture it is obvious and clear and everyone knows that they are not gods, but demons and that we cannot adore them!
But what about the more subtle, more hidden, more sneaky ones?
1 John 4: 1-4
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:
because many false prophets are gone out into the world.2
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God:
Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:3
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:
and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Greater is HE that is in me than he that is in the world.
When we first read this, it appears to be that GOD is talking about spirits here – some of us may not ever believe they are talking to spirits, because they don’t even believe spirits exist. So they don’t think they need to test anything or anyone.
Me, I personally believe that this is meant much more wider and methaphorically than many people, even many churches believe it is meant. Another thing I believe is that the spirit of antichrist is far more wide spread than many people know or even want to see.
And as usual, I am going to invite you to explore my thesis with me and follow along my plea before you judge for yourself finally…
I used to be a lawyer, you know?
Well, now you do.
And it probably won’t surprise anyone when I share that I didn’t like it very much.
The main reason for this was that I discovered very early in my studies even that law was NOT about justice, which I had hoped it would be and which was my main motive for chosing the subject and the future profession…
No, it isn’t about justice, it is about POWER.
Does that remind us of anything?
It may have been about justice many many years ago, but even the Romans, who have invented a lot of the legal structures which are still in use until this day, were not known for their just rulership, now, were they.
There IS one law though that is JUST and PERFECT:
the law of GOD, the 10 commandments
Yet, they are being breached and disobeyed by many human laws today… that can’t be right, now, can it?
These laws and institutions and even all our governments we obey are idols and idolatry is a SIN, an abomination unto THE LORD.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
GOD is the one who’s will WE obey!
HE is OUR GOD!
WE do what HE says!
NOT what anyone else says, be he a king of the world, a ruler of the country we live in, the boss of the company we work for – as soon as anyone is telling us to do something which is NOT IN LINE with the will of GOD, we can NOT do it!
We can not do it.
We can NOT do it!
There are easy cases. Where it is not hard to see that this is not GOD. But there are the more subtle and very, very common ones, too.
All the little fake gods the enemy has snuck into the world.
The things and idols we adore without even being aware we are doing it.
Wealth. Even if you are a believer and do pray, are you not ever praying for wealth, for material things? I am not talking about those of us who do need food and a roof over their head, we all need that, that’s now wealth – I mean wealth. It’s worldly. And it is of the devil to want to own things, a big house, a fancy car… designer fashion… we are ALL guilty! Including me! I, too, do want things sometimes, things I don’t really need, just because I like them…
But they are NOT my gods – I have lost all my belongings and lived with very, very few, many of you would say I was poor, homeless in a spiritual sense, but also in a literal sense… I do like some comfort and I also appreciate some luxury, but they are not my gods and they can never have the highest priority in my life!
Technology is another one – can you imagine a life without TV or internet or mobile phones?
Are you adoring them?
Spending more time with them than with the people you love?
Is it more important to you to get a new phone than to help someone in need?
To some degree, we are ALL guilty of this one as well, including ME!
We need to be really careful not to make them our gods!
And then there is people and institutions.
Did you ever notice any people or institutions behaving like gods?
I am speaking about doctors for instance.
They call them the gods in white. Nobody knows where this name comes from, probably from among themselves, because many of them like to be looked up to, obeyed and admired, adored even, at least the ones I have seen.
And then, when someone is diagnosed with an illness.
Do they believe it?
Do they “buy into” what the doctor says, that they will only have 2 or3 months or years or days to live?
The doctor is NOT GOD.
HE can NOT know and NOT DECIDE how long anybody is going to live!
And doctors do know this better than anyone else.
They do experience GOD’s hand every single day.
In a life giving and also in a life taking way.
They just don’t want to admit it or see it or tell us about it.
Because if they did, they would just be “normal” humans like everybody else, humans who have a degree and some scientific knowledge, but who are -like we ALL are- absolutely nothing without JESUS and powerless and who do not hold any authority over life and death at all.
And if we knew, we would not even take them seriously, now, would we…?
Me, I don’t.
I have not been to a doctor for a very long time, more than 10 years to be precise!
That doesn’t mean that I have not been sick in all those years, that would be fantastic, but no, I have my ailments just like everybody else does – but what I do is, I go to doctor JESUS – just like I don’t go to a fortune teller, but PRAY. But that’s just me and that may be a bit too extreme for you, I am not denying that there are doctors who are Christians and do a great job and that medicine and it’s findings is also made and allowed by GOD, so there are beneficial elements in it – BUT medicine and doctors do NOT determine how long an individual will live – they can have all the skills they want and the best doctor in the world cannot prevent a person’s death when THE LORD takes them home or allows the devil to get them. There is no need to give examples here, everybody knows someone who has died too early or the other way around has been cured of a terminal illness, was not supposed to live more than 2 or 3 more months and yet they are still walking around today…
It is US who decides who is our GOD.
Another area is authorities.
They think they can decide where we live – when we are in a country where we are not born for instance and want to live there – then, we have to obey to the rules they have for immigration. And sometimes, their decisions are not fair or just. And then, we need to decide what to do about it.
Are we adoring them?
Are we going to give them the authority over our lives?
Are they going to bring us down or even determine where our life is going to be and under which circumstances we are going to live?
Even his own disciple did JESUS correct when he had become too worldly:
23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
We must realize – again, this includes me! – that the world is NOT where we live is not who’s opinion we value, is not whom we obey, is not who we conform to.
That we are children of GOD, of the MOST HIGH.
HE is higher than ANY authority or person of this world.
HIS opinion counts, their’s doesn’t.
It is HIS favour we need and want and HIS approval and HIS love.
Not only because HE can intervene and change anything and everything IN THE WORLD as well and if HE wants us to have something, WE WILL!
Be it immigration documents, be it a healing form a terminal disease or be it a specific job or a house or whatever we want and may not have at the moment – THEN, it is a blessing and it is a GIFT from HIM – by HIS grace!
THEN, we possess it indeed!
It is HE who made us, who made the world, every human being in it and everything that ever happens in this world or in any other world can only happen, because HE allowed it.
There IS NO HIGHER AUTHORITY than OUR GOD, ALMIGHTY GOD, JEHOVA, YAHWEH, THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB, THE GOD OF ISRAEL, THE I AM THAT I AM, THE FATHER OF JESUS CHRIST.
Everything and everyone else is NOT MY GOD, not OUR GOD!
I hope and pray that this may inspire, heal and bless you. And that THE LORD may bless you richly in all areas of your life, that HE may keep you and shine HIS face upon you. Always. In JESUS’ name I pray. Amen.