Posts Tagged ‘jealous god’

Ain’t Misbehavin’

May 21

by Victoria Robinson

The lyrics to the original 1929 recording of “Ain’t Misbehavin'”, sung by the great jazz musician, Fats Waller, might be good to ponder in light of our relationship with our heavenly Father.
I know for certain,
The one I love,
I through with flirtin’,
It’s just you I’m thinkin’ of.
Ain’t misbehavin’,
I’m savin’ my love for you.

Girlfriends, how about you, do you love God with all your heart or are you flirtin’ with other “gods”? In the book of Exodus the Israelites were warned against flirting with other gods because the one true God is jealous. Other gods can be anything that we devote our love to more than the one true God. Inanimate objects, friends, lovers, or even spiritual leaders are just some of the “gods” we can find ourselves idolizing.

One of my best girlfriends and I attended a conference where a well-known Bible teacher was speaking. I have to tell you, we were both taken aback at the behavior of some of the ladies attending. It truly was bordering on idol worship. Ladies were jockeying for position even to the point of moving other people’s belongings from the seats. We both looked at each other in disbelief. While the speaker was incredible and there is no doubt she does not encourage worship of herself, we were just a little frightened when the doors opened and the “ladies” stampeded in! My friend and I were there to hear the Word of God as spoken through a gifted lady of God—not a “god”.

Dearest girlfriends, let us examine our hearts and make certain there is only room for one true God so that we can honestly say, “Ain’t misbehavin’!”

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. ~ Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV
 
Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. ~ Exodus 34:14 NIV
 
Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. ~ 1 Samuel 12:21 NIV

Idolizing the One and Only

Mar 25

by Victoria Robinson

We have “cast images” everywhere we look. We just do not always realize what they really are because the “cast images” in our lives never have the appearance of a god. They look more like: wealth, beauty, clothes, or food. Even harmless fun activities can become idols in our life. Anything we find our comfort in other than God is an idol. Dare I say even coffee can become an idol. Yes, my friends and I have been known to worship at the “Church of Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Company”. My favorite coffee which can easily become an idol in my heart! There is nothing wrong with enjoying coffee unless it becomes a “god” to us. Do you find more comfort in your cappuccino than the One and Only true God?

We should not idolize anything or anybody except God and God alone. He is the One and Only! Dearest girlfriends, let us make a careful examination of our lives and throw away the “cast images” we have set up as idols.

You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God … ~ Exodus 20:4-5 NIV

Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. ~ Exodus 34:14 NIV

But as for those who long for idols, I will repay them fully for their sins, says the Sovereign Lord. ~ Ezekiel 11:21 NLT

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:14 NIV