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Proverbs of a 40 yr old man- Idols are everywhere

You don’t have to look very far to see an advertisement that promises to fix our physical appearance. To make us look better, younger, or like your favorite celebrity. Why are those so common? They work. Many of us worship our physical appearance. We spend hours in the gym, thousands on products, and constantly think about what others are thinking about us. We worship our physical form. I want to focus today on the idol of Hero worship, the worship of deceased ancestors, or of heroes. There have been figures throughout history that were enormously popular. Different types of heroes including divinities like pagan myths, (Nimrod or King Nebuchadnezzar), prophets, poets, priests, men of letters, and rulers. They inspire a country, a nation to follow them and their beliefs. Many people have been deified and are worshipped as gods because of name and power. There delight is in the strength of the horse and their pleasure is in the legs of a man, but those who trust in the LORD take pleasure in fearing God alone. In Christ they hope in his steadfast love. People love to be famous and to be popular and to be glorified by others. We were created as social beings, to live in interdependent community with one another. Therefore, it’s normal to want to belong. God placed this longing within the human heart in order to draw us closer to Him and one another, to help us experience the same oneness God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit enjoy with one another. Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the LORD that one gets justice. Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe. Everyone tries to gain the favor of important people; everyone claims the friendship of those who give out favors. Amen. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” Amen.

Jesus came into this world as a little child, died living a perfect life and rose again the King of the Universe, the Heroes of heroes. He is the only one worthy of our worship and obedience. Let's honor and respect people to whom it is due. But be careful to not give your heart and mind to please people. You will end up worshipping man rather than God. Little children keep yourself from idols. Idols are everywhere. For no one is good and holy except God alone. You become whom you worship. In song and words, by example and thought, day by day people become either more like their idols or if you're a Christian you are becoming more like Jesus every day.

Study 1 Cor. 11:1



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