Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Trash Your Idols

An idol is anything that you are obsessed with and can't get out of your mind.  Idols aren't just little wooden figurines or golden cows.  They are things you believe will make you happy or relieve your pain or fear.  An idol tries to take the place of God by offering you some kind of hope.
Idols will run your life and steal your happiness.  If you have anything in your life that you are obsessed with, then you have idol trouble.  Is there anything that if asked to give up right now, you couldn't?  If you do, then you have an idol.
If you want freedom from the things that seem to control you then all you need to do is to call them what they are, false gods, and then refuse to worship them.  That means get them out of your life.  God is more powerful than any other god you could find.  But he won't ever remove these idols without your permission because he wants you to agree with him and call your idol and idol and for you to choose to walk away.  You have the power through Christ to be idol free.  When you do, you will find an abundance of true happiness.  Let's get rid of those idols!

Monday, March 11, 2013

An Aroma of Chirst

"But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.  For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing."  2 Cor. 2:14-15

Are you an aroma of Christ?  Can people you know tell that you have been sitting at the Master's feet?  When you become a Christian, being an aroma of Christ doesn't automatically happen.  You can't fake it.  Every time, you'll be found out.  That's the unique thing about an aroma.  Either you have it or you don't.  You can only get it one way-by absorbing it from the source.  Our source is Jesus Christ!  We are to abide in Christ so that we begin to be transformed into His image.  Then we begin to look like Him, sound like Him and even "smell" like Him.  Yes, we will be imperfect; we will make mistakes; we will fail; we may even go through times in which we don't feel very close to God.  But we can rest assured that if we continue to sit at His feet, He is able to bring glory to His name through us wherever we are-whether in our marriage, with our kids, among non-believers, and in the church.  He can receive glory if we are to Him an aroma of Christ-filled with the knowledge of Him.