THEME: PUT AWAY YOUR STRANGE GODS
TEXT: Hosea 2:13, Isaiah 3:15-26, Exodus 20:5
â€œ2 Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: 3 And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. 4 And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem. â€ (Genesis 25:2 4)
Worldliness is a great impediment when it comes to serving God in spirit and in truth. Jacob understood this fact as he bade his family members to put away their strange gods and change their garments and be clean. What garments? Today, these garments can be explained in terms of garment of sinâ€”all the evil habits: the old manâ€™s nature. All these represent strange gods in the life of a believer. They include earrings as was in the case of Jacobâ€™s daughters. They rear pride and puff up the heart and so can inhibit serving God with all seriousness. More so, they can be instruments of seduction.
So, what are those strange gods in your life? Remember, they constitute those habits you cannot do without. For example, if you cannot do without make-up as a woman, the makeup becomes a strange god to you. It could be adultery, masturbation, lesbianism. homosexuality, pornography, smoking of cigarettes and taking hard drugs, drunkenness and other vices that are inimical to true worship. Check your life and put them away if you are to be a partaker of Godâ€™s showers of blessing during this month and beyond. Any sin you are struggling with is a strange god that must be put away before it costs you Godâ€™s showers and even eternity. Anger, envy, malice, bitterness of heart, hatred, complaining. murmuring. fighting and quarreling, stealing of any kind, robbery, duping, cheating, shedding innocent blood and so on â€“ these are strange gods. Put them away.
Sing spirit filled songs unto God and thank Him for everything He has accomplished in your life and then take the following prayer points.
1. Any evil habit or character that has taken the place of God in my life, by the power of resurrection. I put you away, in Jesus name.
AUTHOR: PASTOR LAZARUS MUOKA