Discard the gods of Your Ancestors

Joshua 24:14-15 NIV

“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

This message here is not much different at all from what Jesus and his New Testament apostles taught about sin and righteousness. For Jesus said that if we want to come after him that we must deny self and take up our cross daily (daily die to sin and to self) and follow (obey) him. For if we hold on to our old lives of living in sin and for self we will lose them for eternity. But if for the sake of Christ, by the grace of God, we die with Christ to sin that we might live to him and to his righteousness, then we have eternal life.

And Jesus also taught that not everyone who says to him, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven but only the one DOING the will of God the Father who is in heaven. For many people are going to stand before God on the day of judgment and they are going to proclaim Jesus as Lord, and they are going to present to Jesus all the things they did in his name, and he is going to say to them, “I never knew you! Depart from me you workers of lawlessness” (Luke 9:23-26; Matthew 7:21-23).

For, you see, we cannot just make a one-time in our lives profession of faith in Jesus Christ and then go about our lives “business as usual” and then expect God to let us into his heaven. For the Scriptures teach that faith in Jesus Christ involves death to sin and living to righteousness, by the grace of God. It involves us forsaking our lives of living in sin and for self to follow Jesus Christ in obedience to his commands. It doesn’t mean we are perfect people (1 John 2:1-2), but lack of perfection is no excuse at all for continued and deliberate and habitual (addictive) sin against the Lord Jesus.

[Rom 6:1-23; Eph 4:17-24; Rom 8:1-14; Tit 2:11-14; 1 Pet 2:24; 1 Co 6:19-20; 2 Co 5:15,21; 1 Jn 1:5-10; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10]

Fearing the Lord is, thus, not just Old Testament teaching. For it means to honor God with our lives and to take him and his word seriously and to do what it teaches us under the New Covenant. For we are taught under the New Covenant that we must obey our Lord and that if we do not obey him that we do not love him, and we do not know him, and thus we do not have salvation in him. And we will not inherit eternal life with God.

[Jn 8:51; Jn 14:23-24; Ac 5:32; Rom 6:16; Heb 5:9; 1 Pet 1:2; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10,24; 1 Jn 5:2-4; 2 Jn 1:6; Jas 1:21-25; Matt 7:21-23]

But in order for us to fear the Lord and to serve him with all faithfulness, which is what the New Testament teaches, too, we must first of all throw away (cast off, put to death) the gods of this world and of our ancestors. And the main “god” of this world that the Lord is wanting me to address today is that of slavery to sin, but more specifically addiction to sexual sin which works just like drug addiction and alcohol addiction, for it is all about getting that feeling of exhilaration (intoxication) that addicts crave.

So, it becomes a god to them, for they keep choosing it over God and over their spouses and over other relationships, and over godliness and righteousness and holiness. And for many of them their god is really themselves, for they serve themselves and their wants and cravings and desires in place of serving God and his desires and requirements for our lives which are for our good. His moral boundaries are for our protection, in other words, not to spoil all our fun. We can live holy lives and still enjoy life.

Anyway, the person who chooses sinful addiction, especially sexual addiction, over and above God and spouse and all other relationships is a person who is morally depraved and cruel and hateful. For it isn’t love if you are sexually immoral and if committing adultery against your spouse is your addiction. And it isn’t a disease or a sickness, either, that people can’t help. They can indeed help! The Bible never gives excuses for addictive sin – for deliberately and habitually doing what is evil, which includes sinning against God and others, which then also causes deliberate harm to others.

So, if this is where you are, addicted to any sin, but especially those kinds of sins which stimulate the senses and which give you a physical and/or emotional high, then please know that you are not choosing God. You are choosing self. God is not your Lord. You are your own god and/or you are serving the gods of the flesh and of this world. And so God is calling out to you to choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods of your ancestors or the one and only true God of the universe who created us.

But if you choose to love and to serve God with your life, then you must give up those gods of the world and of the flesh that you are addicted to so that you can serve the Lord and honor him as Lord of your life. But if you choose to remain in your addiction, and to keep on in your sinful practices, then please know that heaven is not your eternal destiny, God is not your Lord, and hell is what awaits you. At the end of the road, death (spiritually) will be what you will face, not life eternal. So, please take this seriously.

[Rom 2:6-8; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14; 1 Co 6:9-10; 2 Co 5:10; Gal 5:16-21; Gal 6:7-8; Eph 5:3-6; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-17; 1 Jn 1:5-10; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Heb 3:6,14-15; Heb 10:23-31; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]

Broken Cord

An Original Work / August 29, 2018

Your bond is broken
With your Lord and Savior
And, your testimony is
Separate from Him.

Your words not matching
Your actions today.
Repent of your sin and
Bow down and pray.

Live what you testify
In truth always.

Purity’s lacking in
Your life and witness,
For you profess one thing,
But other you do.

Not moral, spiritual.
Still of the flesh.
Not living in truth to
What you confess.

Lying about it
Puts you in a mess.

Living a lie is your practice,
‘tis true of you.
Masquerade righteousness –
None of it true.

Your heart is not given
To your Lord God.
Because of how you live,
You are a fraud.

Turn from your sin and
Give your life to God.

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