[QTVOTD] God’s Word is a smelling salt…

“And the rest of humanity who were not killed by these plagues (the fire, smoke, and Sulphur from the demonic horses released) even then did not repent of [the worship of] the works of their [own] hands, so as to cease paying homage to the demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor move.  And they did not repent of their murders or their practice of magic (sorceries) or their sexual vice or their thefts.” Revelation 9:20-21 ->me: I remember when I read  the ‘Left Behind’ books and the way LaHaye and Jenkins depict this scene of the horsemen and horses is chilling.  The entrapment of idols is real and they just don’t have to be images carved in stone, gold, bronze of the like.  They can be something as simple as pleasing your wife above all else -> Nobody wakes up one day and says, “I’m going to start living for the approval and affection of my wife.  That will be my ruling passion starting right now, and I will refuse to find comfort in God, His Word, and His promises until I get the approval and affection from my wife that I crave.” Nobody voices that thought out loud; but in action that is exactly what they are doing.  God has given us His Word to serve as smelling salts, to rouse us from the idolatrous coma we live in so much of the time.  We are locked into our own idolatrous way of thinking and living until we pick up God’s Word, and then, BAM! A wake-up call–we’ve been seeing things wrong; we haven’t had a complete picture. [excerpt from ‘Gospel Treason’ by Brad Bigney] Reading His Word (everyday) allows me to look up and see the idols I allow into my life (this is a life long struggle) and has given me a ‘get up and get moving’ attitude towards change in my life.

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