Memory Verse - (Oct 23-30)
Our Memory Verse for this week comes from James 1, where we are warned not to delude ourselves into believing we can listen to the Word of God without carrying it out in our lives. Why is this a delusion? Well, sometimes in our lives there are things we possess, love, or pursue that the Word of God commands us not to desire. Sometimes even good things in our lives come between us and God, making the "ALL" we are to give Him, less. We "hear" what we want God's Word to say, and we do not do what it truly says in order to protect the "things" we desire or don't want to give up. This is idolatry. Idolatry is a very simple concept to understand, but many of the Biblical circumstances of idolatry can confuse us at first. All the connections made in Scripture to physical idols, temples, and priests can make it difficult for us to understand how it correlates to our lives today. Yet, Scripture is clear on that account. Let's spend some time looking at idolatry and see what the Lord has for us in His Word.
Let us pray that the Lord keep us from delusions that legitimize idolatry in our lives. May we pray that the Holy Spirit would convict us of anything that stands taller than God in our minds and hearts. May we all watch against idolatry in our lives, standing secure in the Word of God by His Holy Spirit. Amen.
Our Memory Verse for this week is
“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” (James 1:22)
Other verses to consider:
“Love the LORD your God with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul and with ALL your might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)
“For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has also rejected you from being king.” (1 Samuel 15:23)
"When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience." (Colossians 3:4-6)
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.” (1 Corinthians 10:13-14)
“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.” (2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV)
“Whether, then, you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)