Falling for the Golden Calves

And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. (Exo 32:1)
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Far too many Christians have fallen for today’s Golden Calves. Not that they have physically fallen down to worship, but have turned to and effectively worshiped these calves in their lives and hearts.

These calves come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Here is one calf we need to watch for in our churches and in our own personal lives.

 They fell for the Golden Calf of worldliness

Certainly this is the Golden Calf of the moment. We have fallen hard in our churches and ineffective Christian lives to worship the trends and lifestyles of the world.

We must be careful from where we get our ideas of what is good and appropriate worship. When our church “worship” looks and sounds like the world, we have fallen for the calf.

Other areas that would indicate we are succumbing to the calf worship of worldliness is that our dress, entertainment choices, personal music selections, and the activities we allow in our lives and home are markedly carnal and are the same as that of the world.

Why did the children of Israel so easily and quickly fall for the Golden Calf of worldliness?

  • Firstfor them, this was just so natural. They had spent their whole life in Egypt and it was what they were used to seeing and hearing. It was the “natural thing” to do.

  • Second, they were immature spiritually. They had only recently been freed to worship Jehovah as commanded. This is the same danger a new or immature Christian faces. To some degree, they just did not know better.  That is why it is so important for young or inexperienced Christians to establish close relationships with strong Christians and get under the preaching of a solid fundamental pastor.

  • Third, like all of us, we tend to imitate what we see. They were imitators of the worship they had seen in the world. So we begin to imitate what we see and hear on television, the internet, and all forms of social media. This again illustrates the great need for careful Bible instruction, good discipleship, and mentoring in the right way to walk with and before our God.

  • Fourth, the flesh is strong and we all want to do what feels good. The three D’s of the calf – dancing, drinking, and debauchery – is what appeals to the flesh.

So child of God, be on guard and fall not for the lure of the Golden Calf of worldliness.

1John 2:15  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Watch for the next installment of “Falling for the Golden Calves”.


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Old Buried Bones That Spark Revival

And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.  (2Ki 13:21)skeleton-sm

What an amazing story!  As implied at Elijah’s home going, Elisha performed twice as many miracles as his mentor. His last one after he was dead and buried. Imagine, something dead and buried bringing a man back to life!

Can the touch of something buried bring new life to something now dead?  I believe so.

In our church we have been praying for a revival for many years.  By revival I do not mean a special Sunday service or a series of preaching meetings by an evangelist.  Nor do I mean a season where we see a little increase in salvations and baptisms in our ministry.

Rather I mean an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon our church as witnessed in Acts 2 where God’s people were changed and empowered.

Maybe today you would characterize your life as dead and useless like the body of the soldier cast into Elisha’s grave.

Today touch some old bones that we have buried that can bring US back to life!

Buried Scriptures

The Bible is the necessary food for life

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.  (Mat 4:4)

The Bible gives us the faith for life

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  (Rom 10:17)

The Bible kindles the fire of life

Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.  (Jer 20:9)

Buried supplication

Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.  (Jas 4:2)

Prayer is the “breath of life” for the Christian.  Without time with the Lord we cool, we walk further away from Him, and our spiritual life dies.

Buried sanctuary

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Heb 10:24-25)
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. (Psa 122:1)

As a log fallen away from the fire soon stops burning, so the Christian loses his fire without the fellowship of other believers and the preaching of the Bible in church.

Buried sanctification

And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (Eph 4:30)
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.(Isa 59:2)

Sin weakens our walk, separates us from our God, and lessons the impact and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Buried service

Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. (Psa 100:2)
If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. (Dan 3:17)

Serving God from the heart keeps us close to Him, increases our dependence upon Him, and will enliven our praise for Him. It will help us stand strong against the enemy.

Let’s find where we buried these things, grab hold and be revived!


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Resurrection Questions – Pt 3

The third question posed to the disciples and believers on resurrection day to help strengthen their faith and give direction to their life asks;

Why Are Ye Troubled (vs37-49)

And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
(Luk 24:38)

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They were troubled because of fear(vs37)

But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. (Luke 24:37)

In spite of Jesus’ example as to the purpose of His coming, the promise of His resurrection, and the demonstration of His power, the disciples were still filled with fear.

Fear brings confusion. Confusion begets a troubled heart.

The word “troubled” in this application means “to stir or agitate”.  It is confusion and fear that often makes a church or a heart to become agitated and stirred up.

Do you find your heart “troubled?”  Do you find your ministry “troubled?”   Face the truth, what are you fearing?

They were troubled because of a failure to recognize the real Jesus – it is I myself 

Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. (Luk 24:39)

Fear clouds the vision.

When we let fear of people and confusion from problems arising from serving God overwhelm us, we cannot clearly see Christ.  Without a clear vision of Jesus, we are a troubled people.

They were troubled because of a failure to realize the real mission (vs46-49)

They lost track of what it all was about!  Souls!

When we forget the main thing we are to be about, we become troubled over every trial and problem.

The real mission of Christ coming to suffer and rise the third day was:

  • To preach repentance and remission.
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luk 24:47)
  • To speak and live as witnesses of the cross and resurrection for the saving of souls.
And ye are witnesses of these things. (Luk 24:48)
  • To do all things in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Promise.
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. (Luk 24:49)

 

Troubled?  Take Jesus’ words to heart today:

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (Joh 14:1-3)

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Three Resurrection Questions – Pt 2

why sad 2In our last post, we discussed the first of three questions addressed to the bewildered and fearful belivers on the day of our Lord’s resurection. I belive we can find the causes of our own confusion and lack of purpose by answering these same questions.  Here we look at question 2 asked on Resurrection Sunday.

Why Are Ye Sad? (Luke 24:13-34)

And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?(Luke 24:17)

They were sad because of a lack of understanding (vs21)

But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.(Luk 24:21)

They had trusted in the wrong thing.  They trusted a physical kingdom would appear at that moment.

Many Christians are sad on this side of the resurrection because they are looking for the wrong thing in the risen Lord.  They look for and long for all physical and personal advancement and betterment.

Because of belonging to the risen powerful Lord, they expect health, more wealth, and a life of peace and are often dissapointed.  Instead they should be looking for the power to live for God and do His will and advance His kingdom.  As a result of trusting in the wrong think, they are disappointed and sad.

They were sad because of a lack of zeal (vs21, 24)

And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. (Luke 24:24)

Even at that most exciting, if not most confusing moment, these two did not find it important enough or even have interest enough to go check it out for themselves.  They let others go to the tomb while they just waited for their report.

Christians not zealous for the work of God and the presence of God are always the least happy of our lot.

They were sad because of a lack of heart (vs25)

Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:(Luk 24:25)

Slow of heart to believe.  NO REAL desire to believe, to live in faith, or to take leaps of faith.  Happy Christians are those that are hungry to grow and learn and be built up in faith.  The lazy Christians that just “not have the heart” for a life and walk with Christ are almost always sad in their Christian life.

They were sad because of lack of fellowship (vs33)

And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, (Luke 24:33)

Why were they sad?  Because they had skipped Sunday Night Church!

When they went back to report, they found the others assembled.  We need the fellowship of other and more zealous Christians if we are to continue in the joy of our spiritual walk.

The fellowship (company) they were keeping was pulling them down and not lifting them up.

They were fellowshipping with each other! Two sad and heartless believers discussing events in doubt and sorrow.  It makes ME sad just thinking about their walk and conversation that day.

Ge to church and hang around positive spiritual people!

Why are YOU sad on this side of the empty tomb?


 

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