Idled By Idols?

Dear children, keep yourself from idols. (1 John 5:21)

God wants us to remove anything in our lives that gets in the way of our relationship with Him. Anything.

The first two of the Ten Commandments make that pretty clear: “You shall have no other gods before me” and “You shall not make for yourself an idol” (Exodus  20:3-4).

God knows what’s best. Over and over he warns His people to flee from idols. Over and over His people ignore him.

Rejoice! Repeat.

Rejoice in the Lord always!
I will say it again, rejoice!
(Philippians 4:4)

Today’s verse is pretty simple.

What are we supposed to do?

Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.

When are we supposed to do it?

Always!

REJOICE!

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Run to God

Run.

That little word pops up all over the Bible. There are lots of graphic warnings about what to run to and what to run from.

So, here’s today’s question:

What are YOU running to or from?

God’s First Question

The Bible is packed with intriguing questions, many of them from God himself.

What was God’s first question? It came right after Satan’s first question (discussed here yesterday) and man’s first sin. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, realized they were naked and then tried to hide from God.

What did God do in response? He asked a simple question:

Where are you?

Satan’s First Question

“Did God reeeeeally say …?” (Genesis 3:1)

Adam and Eve were hanging out in the Garden of Eden. All was good.

But then Satan entered the picture and whispered that little question into Eve’s ear. It’s one he’s been whispering to us ever since.

Cool Down

workout-newWe started off the year with our official 2021 Spiritual Workout to help us all trim our spiritual flabbiness and train for the Big Race.

To review, here are the key verses:

Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12)

Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life, and the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:7-8)

Here’s a quick review:

Ready? Set! Resssssst.

workout-newCome to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-30)

We started off the year with GUWG’s official 2021 Spiritual Workout to help us all train for the Big Race.

Physical trainers will tell you that any workout plan will be doomed to fail if it doesn’t incorporate today’s piece: REST.

Feeling tired? Stressed? Overwhelmed? You don’t have to.