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"Now all these things happened unto them (Israel) for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come." I Corinthians 10:11
God gave Israel as our example of how God deals with His chosen people. Today when we speak of God's chosen people, most believe this is referring to ancient Israel which many refer to as the Jews. We need to understand by the Spirit to whom the Bible is referring when it speaks of His chosen ones. The beloved John wrote,
"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, He may give it you." John 15:16
God's chosen are those the Father has chosen to bring forth fruit in the earth today. The fruit He refers to are the twelve fruits of the Spirit. John went on to reveal,
"If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." John 15:19
We have been chosen out of the world; chosen by God, called and elected to be His people in the earth. Paul understood who the chosen are,
"But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth:" II Thessalonians 2:13
God has not only chosen us, but He chose us from the beginning to salvation. God foreknew us from the beginning. Paul wrote to the Romans,
"Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified." Romans 8:30
God's chosen have come through the sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. God gave Israel as an example upon whom the end of the world (age) has come. God gave us another example to live by.
"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:" I Peter 2:21
Israel is our example of God's chosen failing to overcome the old Adam nature of "the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life" I John 2:16. God sent Jesus as our example of overcoming the flesh so that we may be like Him. Israel was given the law to govern their lives. On the Day of Pentecost, Jesus came as the Holy Spirit so that we may live our lives in, by and through the Spirit; pure, whole and justified in the Spirit of God.
God warned Israel of what they could expect Him to do if they forsook His ways and followed the ways of the heathen. When Israel entered into their promised land, God gave them strict and direct orders as to how they were to deal with the idols in their new land.
"But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire." Deuteronomy 7:5
In another place God spoke again,
"Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places:" Numbers 33:52
God told Israel they were not only to destroy the idols, they were to break down their altars and cut down their groves, or destroy completely the high places that the idols occupied. They were also to destroy all their godless pictures. Today Christian homes are full of godless pictures. Their children's rooms are full of today's rock stars and their sports heroes which have become their idols and role models. The adults are no better. They have their movie and TV stars' pictures as reminders of days gone by. God commanded Israel to destroy the godless pictures. Ezekiel wrote:
"And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean." Ezekiel 44:23
The profane must be removed from our dwelling places.
Israel was told to destroy two kinds of idols: the molten idol and the graven idols or images. The molten idols were those cast of molten metal, gold, silver, brass or tin. Paul had to deal with those who were making images of Diana,
"For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;" Acts 19:24
Also there were the graven images carved from wood or other carvable materials such as ivory or stone. Today man has the same idols in his life. Some are made from shaped metals. Others are made of wood, stone or other costly materials. These may not be considered idols, but they consume man's time and money the same as any ancient idol in any prior time. Man has made idols out of his house, automobiles, boats, airplanes, golf clubs, bowling balls, coin collections...; the list of idols in a man's life is endless. These have become the high places that have taken the place of the one true God in so many lives today.
God told Israel, our example, to destroy anything and everything that had to do with the heathen worship of false gods. The Bible reveals that Israel ignored God's warning of judgment and set up their high places and began to worship the false gods of the land. When we come to the end of the book of Judges, we discover the condition of God's chosen in the land of Israel.
"In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes." Judges 21:25
Israel had rejected God as their king. They still called Him Lord, but they were still doing what was right in their own eyes. This is where the majority of God's people are today. Jesus recognized this when He warned us about calling Him, Lord, Lord.
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils; and in thy name done many wonderful works.
"And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:21-23
Only those who do the will of the Father, who have made Him king of their lives, who have thrown down the idols of their lives and cut down the groves, are going to enter into the kingdom. When we remind God of all the mighty works we have done in His name, but have not made Him king of our lives, His Word to those will be, "I never knew You. Depart from me, ye that work iniquity (unrighteousness)". Israel had rejected their king and they wanted a king like all the heathen nations of the land.
"And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them." I Samuel 8:7
God gave them their wishes and Israel anointed Saul as their first king. Israel had a total of forty-six kings. Only three ruled a united Israel: Saul, David and Solomon. Then Israel was divided into the Northern Kingdom, called Israel, and the Southern Kingdom called Judah. The Northern Kingdom had twenty-three kings. Counting Saul, David and Solomon who ruled over a united Israel, this made a total of forty-six kings. It was only said of twelve that they did right in the sight of God; and of the twelve, only four removed the idols, cut down the groves and destroyed the high places of idol worship. These four kings were David, Hezekiah, Josiah and Asa. Of David it was said he was a man after God's own heart. Hezekiah's life was extended fifteen years, and Josiah served God as King of the Southern Kingdom for thirty-one years. The fourth king who removed the idols, cut down the groves and destroyed the high places was Asa, but Asa was not stedfast in his worship before his God.
"So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years. And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God: For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves: And commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment." II Chronicles 14:14
Asa did what was right in the sight of God, and Israel had peace the first 10 years of his reign. But Asa's heart grew hard toward God. God sent Azariah the prophet to warn Asa of his slackness toward his God.
"And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: And he went to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you." II Chronicles 15:12
Asa was warned that if he forsook God, God would forsake him. Then He told Asa how he had slipped from his steadfastness in God.
"Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law." II Chronicles 15:3
Israel had forsaken the true God and had accepted a religious God. They had been without a teaching priest and without the law.
How like the church today. For a long season now the church has been worshiping a religious god who only does good, and would never think of judgment or correction in the lives of His people. These are a people who talk more about, and fear the devil more than they do our God. They are without a teaching priest. All the priests can teach is the religious denominational dogma. As Paul stated,
"They have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof; from such turn away," II Tim 3:5.
The religious system is without law. The Law of God is the Bible, the Word of God; and the religious systems are with out this law. They, as Israel, do what is right in their own eyes because they have forsaken their king. They have chosen to follow man and government.
"For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:13
The church has forsaken the fountain of living water and have hewn out their own broken cisterns of religious order that cannot hold the living water of God's order. They have gone about to establish their own order. Paul wrote to the Romans,
"For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God." Romans 10:3
Today religious orders have established their own righteousness. They refuse to submit themselves to the righteousness that God has set forth in His Word (His Law). These are truly without a law.
When Israel was divided, and Jereboam was made king over Northern Israel, they began to worship idols, setting up their high places, and groves for their golden calves (molten idols). Jereboam established his religious system, an easy religion for the people to follow. The scribe recorded,
"And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi." I Kings 12:31
The Levites represent God's anointed priesthood. Jereboam made priests of the lowest of the people. This same thing is in the church system today. Those who go to their religious seminaries come out with a head full of denominational doctrine, but no anointing. These who look at the ministry as a job instead of a calling are occupying the pulpits. And the people are drinking from their "broken cisterns" which cannot produce life. They have made their buildings and denominational orders their "high places".
When Jesus was asked by His disciples to view the temple and temple grounds in Jerusalem, Jesus said,
"See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down." Matthew 24:2
Jesus judged the religious system of His day. Less than forty years later, their temple and their beautiful grounds were destroyed. Today the Jews are still grieving the loss of these broken cisterns that did not produce life. God threw down their high places, cut down their groves and destroyed their idols because they had made themselves another king. When Pilot asked about Jesus being their king, they proclaimed,
"Away with Him, Away with Him, Crucify Him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar." John 19:15
They had made government their king because their king let them practice their religion. It is no different today. The religious system looks to government for permission to worship their God. Their only avenue of defense is the court system, where they crucify afresh the Son of God and put Him to open shame," Hebrews 6:6. They do this because they have been a long time without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without the law (the Word of God) in their lives.
God gave ancient Israel as an example. Israel was given the law because they had refused to hear God's voice,
"Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation." Hebrews 9:9-10
Israel could not keep God's perfect law because they were carnal ordinances. Man cannot keep God's Law (Word) in the flesh. Man can only keep God's Law through the Spirit. Because as Paul wrote to the Romans,
"For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin." Romans 7:14
The Law (Word) is Spiritual. Paul wrote to Timothy,
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" II Timothy 3:16
All scriptures, Old and New Testament, are given by the Spirit. The scriptures must be our doctrine and our instruction in righteousness. We must establish our walk in God by and through the scriptures. Jesus spoke of the flesh and of the Spirit when He explained the Word that He spoke:
"It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63
It is by the Spirit, and the Spirit alone, that we are made alive unto God. The flesh profiteth nothing in this process. God has established all things and it is by Him that all things happen. So when we look at the scriptures, we must look at them through Spiritual eyes. We must look at the Law (the Word) for our reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. When God devoted so much of His book about dealing with idols, the high places and groves in our lives, we must look at it through Spiritual eyes to understand what God is trying to reveal unto us so that His reproof, correction and instruction can become part of our lives.
Spiritually the idols in our lives are those things which take our time and our money. These are the things that take away from our worship of God. The groves are the places the idols occupy in our lives. We may remove the idols, but if we do not remove the groves, then we have left the place that the idol may be set back up.
The high place is our mind. This is the place where the idol occupies. This is the place where all idol worship begins. We can throw down the idol and cut down the grove, but if the high place is not dealt with, then the grove can be reestablished and the idol set back up. This is a continuing process in our walk in God.
Jesus was our example of man who walked in flesh and accomplished the perfect will of God in His life. As we study the words of Jesus we know they are the words of God Himself, because Jesus spoke only what He heard the Father saying, John 12:49. Jesus always revealed His godly nature when He spoke. Matthew recorded,
"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Matthew 11:29
Jesus was meek and lowly. He had overcome the high place of His mind. He knew who He was. He did not have to prove Himself to anyone. The miracles He did, He did to glorify the Father. He told the people to say nothing to anyone about His miracles.
When the rich young ruler asked Jesus how he could enter into the kingdom, he addressed Jesus as "Good Master". Jesus' reply was:
"Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God." Mark 10:18
How different with the ministries today who want all the glory, and point man to themselves instead of to the Father. Jesus spoke to the religious system of His day and ours, when He admonished the Pharisees,
"O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things: for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." Matthew 12:34
He called those, who were supposed to be worshiping God, a generation of vipers. What do you suppose He would speak to the worldly church today? He told them it was out of the abundance of the heart (mind) that the mouth speaketh. The same is true today. We talk about what we are thinking about. Many socalled Christians speak of the things of God when they are around Christians. Then when they are around worldly people they speak trash, listening to and telling dirty jokes, or laughing at the lewdness of the worldly mind. Many socalled Christians watch television, laughing at the trash and junk of the world with not even a twinge to their supposed righteous conscience. We become what we see and hear.
What occupies our high place is our life. What comes out of our mouth is what we are. There are many idols that we can set up in our high places. They could be wealth, fame, recognition, family, family name (who we are), job, position, sports, our independence, the works of our hands (our accomplishments); the list is endless. Paul wrote to the Corinthians,
"For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)" I Corinthians 8:5
There are many gods in the world today; many things that man has made lord of his life; many things that occupy that high place that is to be reserved for the one true God. Today man is crying out for peace. Isaiah wrote,
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee." Isaiah 26:3
If we want the perfect peace that can only come from God, we must keep our high place occupied by His thoughts and put our perfect trust in Him. In Paul's second letter to the Corinthians, he informed them,
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" II Corinthians 10:45
As Paul related, we need to pull down the strongholds of our mind. We can only do this by the power of God, the Holy Spirit anointing in our lives. We must cast down these vain imaginations. The base word for imagination is image or idol. We must cast down the idols of our mind that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God.
There are many who fantasize who they are, their importance and their position. Their whole thought processes are in a world of fantasy. This is why soap operas on television are so popular. These have captured the minds of the American housewife. They live these fantasies in their own lives. These are vain, worthless imaginations of the unreal world produced by the spirit of darkness.
Not only must we deal with the idol, we must cut down the grove. Sports is a perfect example of someone dealing with the idol and not cutting down the grove. Many who have ceased to be involved in sports because of age, the time involved, the money it costs, or whatever reason for giving up being active in sports, are still active bench warmers to that which was their life (their god). They have dealt with the idol, but they still know who's playing, what the averages are, what the record is, and who the stars are. They have dealt with the idol, but have not cut down the grove. They have not dealt with the high place. Maybe they have given up Sunday morning golf or the late Saturday night bowling tournament because it interfered with church. The idol has been dealt with, but the bowling ball and golf clubs set in the closet. Even though the idol has been dealt with, the groves, the high places have not been dealt with.
When we leave all those beautiful trophies that adorn every room of the house, these become groves where the idol once sat as reminders of the high places in our lives. John recorded that these are the things of the world. He called them the pride of life, the works of the hands. God spoke through Jeremiah,
"And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt." Jeremiah 25:6
Jeremiah said that the works of our hands have become our gods. If we make the works of our hands our god, God proclaims, "I will do you hurt." God will judge our works. Do they produce life or death? Do they glorify the Spirit of light or the Spirit of darkness? On the Isle of Patmos, Jesus revealed to John the judgment of God that is coming upon the earth. He showed John the plagues he would send upon the earth,
"And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:" Revelation 9:20
Carnal man will not stop worshiping the works of his hands even when they see the judgment of God all around them because they have not dealt with the high place, nor cut down the groves where their idols sat. Ezekiel spoke about those who have set up idols in their heart,
"Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?" Ezekiel 14:3
God spoke about those who have set up idols in their hearts. These have put a stumblingblock in their walk with God and their iniquity (lawlessness) has come up before their faces, or their knowledge. God asked, "Should I be inquired at all by them?" God will not hear the prayers of those who have set up idol worship in their hearts. God told Ezekiel,
"Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before this face, and cometh to the prophet; I the Lord will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols." Ezekiel 14:4
These were not idols of silver, gold, brass, wood or stone. These were idols of the mind, that which occupied their high place. God said when they come He would answer them. How? According to the multitude of their idols.
Paul stated, "In the world there are gods many". We need to take inventory to see how many worldly idols are occupying our high place. Have we cut down the groves that these idols occupy? Today one of the biggest idols that occupy God's people's high place is the accumulation of wealth. It seems as though man can never have enough. Their high place that should be occupied by God is concerned with investments, stock prices, interest rates and the constant fear of losing that which has been accumulated. The Bible warns against such activity. James records,
"Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days." James 5:23
Many ministries today are advising God's people to lay up their treasures for the last days. James wrote that their garments are motheaten, or their robes of righteousness have been destroyed because of their love of money, which is the root of all evil, I Timothy 6:16. James states that these riches will eat their flesh as it were fire. The Old Testament reveals this same truth to those who are putting their trust in this worldly god.
"They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity." Ezekiel 7:19
Those who have given wealth their high place have put a stumblingblock in their walk with their God and have become disobedient to His Word, especially in the day we live. Zephaniah had the same message for those living in the day just prior to God's wrath being poured out upon the earth.
"Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land." Zephaniah 1:18
God's judgment will come quickly to those who have made wealth their god. The Bible tells us, "All wealth comes from God." Paul wrote to the Ephesians,
"Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth." Ephesians 4:28
When money is made where no labour is expended, nor any product produced, God looks upon this as stealing, or illgotten gain. We are admonished by the Word to cease from such activity and to do the things that are good and right in His sight. We are to earn money so we can give to them that have needs. This idea is completely foreign to the religious system of our day. The motto today has become, "Take care of ol' number one and let the government take care of the rest."
One of the high places that needs to be dealt with in our lives is our independence. The body of Christ must become one. Those who desire to be independent in their private lives and their worship before God, who refuse to become part of, or included in anything where they have to submit to any form of authority have set up their privacy as their idol. These not only insist on their individuality, they demand it. Peter spoke of these,
"But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities." II Peter 2:10
These walk after the flesh and are selfwilled, selfgoverned and are unclean before their God. The government they speak evil of is church government. These are not afraid of speaking against God's anointed who are doing the work of the ministry. Jude also addressed these who seek their fleshly desires,
"Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities." Jude 1:8
Jude called them dreamers. They are living their lives in a dream world, basking in their own importance. These despise dominion. They detest all authority in their lives. They turn away from anything that will deny their independence. Their independence, selfwill, and selfrule have become their idols and those idols occupy the high place that is reserved for God alone. These have become proud, haughty and have become part of the Laodicean church. Their attitude is,
"Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind and naked." Revelation 3:17
These are truly wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked. Paul spoke about Israel when he warned the Romans about being highminded,
"Well; because of unbelief they (Israel) were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:" Romans 11:20
Paul told the Romans that the fear of God needed to return to their lives. Israel had been cut off because they had fallen into unbelief. This is where most of the church system is today. They no longer have any fear of God. They have fallen into unbelief. They believe God will do neither good nor evil. Paul continued his warning to the Romans,
"For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off." Romans 11:21-22
Those who go the way of Israel will be cut off. Today's compromising "Jereboam" churches teach that God accepts us exactly as we are without change, totally overlooking the severity part of our God and the judgment that must be wrought in the earth. Solomon wrote in the book of Proverbs,
"He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered." Proverbs 28:26
Those who have put their trust in their own heart are fools. David, the Psalmist, wrote, "the fool saith in his heart, NO God," Psalm 14:1. Those who have refused to live by His Word and His voice have said, "NO God". They have allowed self to occupy the high place in their lives. These who have become proud and haughty are depending on the grace of God to get them through. But God's grace is not extended to the proud. James wrote,
"But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." James 4:6
God resists the proud, the haughty, the selfwilled and selfgoverned. His grace is given to the humble. Peter was given this same revelation,
"Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." I Peter 5:5
The life we live in Christ is a life of submission. The man is to be submitted to Christ. The wife is to be submitted to her husband, the children to their parents, the church to the elders and the whole body is to be submitted one to another. Those who walk with God must be clothed in humility and in God's proper order if we are going to come into God's grace.
Israel was given to us as an example in the physical, so that we may know what God is going to do in the Spiritual. When Israel fell from the grace of God, Moses recorded God's words:
"The Lord was an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation." Lamentations 2:5
God had become Israel's enemy because they had forsaken the living God and had fallen into idol worship, the works of their own hands. Those who have made idols of the works of their own hands have removed God from the high place in their lives. The Psalmist wrote,
"The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands." Psalm 135:15
Those who look to their wealth and what they can do with their own abilities have rejected the living God. As our example, Israel, we have come to the place the prophet Isaiah prophesied we would come to,
"Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:" Psalm 2:8
God's people's land, "their life", is truly full of idols. They worship everything they have accomplished in the flesh. Isaiah also revealed what would become of those idols,
"For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin." Isaiah 31:7
There is a day when our works are going to be tried by fire. Paul revealed,
"Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is." I Corinthians 3:13
Has the work we have accomplished been gold, silver and precious stones for the Lord, or have they been wood, hay and stubble, to satisfy the idol that we have set up in our hearts to replace the one true God, the Creator of all things? God warned Israel what He would do if they fell into idol worship,
"I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcasses upon the carcasses of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you." Leviticus 26:30
If we do not deal with the high places, the groves and the idols in our lives, then God will deal with them. We need to begin today to search our hearts to reveal what is occupying the place that belongs to God. Does he have our whole heart, or do we expect him to occupy a place with all the other idols in our lives? We need to remember our God is a jealous God. The first commandment God gave Moses to give to Israel was, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me".
FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION
God's chosen, called and elected
Idols in the land
Without a teaching priest
Jeroboam's Compromising System
Cutting down and removing the groves
Pulling down all strongholds
The Works of our Own Hands
Laying up Earthly Treasures
Self-will, self-rule, self-government
Acceptance without change
1. Who are God's chosen people in the earth today? John 15:16
2. Christ suffered for us, leaving us an , that ye should His steps:" I Peter 2:21
3. Ancient Israel, God's chosen people, failed in what area? I John 2:16
4. Ancient Israel was given strict and direct orders how to deal with the idols in their land. What were they to do with these idols? Deuteronomy 7:5; Numbers 33:52
5. Did Ancient Israel heed God's commandment to destroy the idols in their land?
6. The majority of God's people in the earth today are where? Judges 21:25; Matthew 7:21-23
7. Who are the only people who are go-ing to enter into God's kingdom?
8. Who were the only 4 kings of Israel who cut down the groves and destroyed the high places of idol worship in their kingdoms? And of these 4, one was not steadfast in worship before his God, who was he?
9. For a long season now the church has been without what 3 things? II Chronicles 15:3
10. What has today's church forsaken? Jeremiah 2:13
11. Today's church system has gone about to establish their . Romans 10:3
12. Today many in the church system look to for permission to worship God.
13. All scripture is given for . II Tim 3:16
14. We can throw down the and cut down the , but if the is not dealt with, then the grove can be reestablished and the idol set back up.
15. What are some of the high places we set up in our minds?
16. Give a personal example of how you can deal with an idol, but not cut down the grove.
17. Many times the have become our gods. Jeremiah 25:6
18. Robes of righteousness have been destroyed because of what? I Timothy 6:16
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