Sunday, 13th June 2021
Pastor Kathy Poon
Exodus 20:3-6, “You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”
We often underestimate how much influences we receive from our forefathers and ancestors. Our God is a jealous God, therefore He will punish those He hates to 3 or 4 generations. But on the other hand, for those He loves, He will bless them to a thousand generations. Our God is a loving and gracious God, He wants us to receive the best, therefore we need to renounce idolatry, bread curses and receive blessings.
A. KNOW THE ONE TRUE GOD (Isaiah 45:5-6, Acts 4:12)
1) God is our Creator – the only true and living God (Genesis 1:1, Psalm 96:5, John 14:6)
God is our only God, He sent Jesus, who is the truth, the way and the life. We need to know that only Jesus can take us to the Father, and through Jesus Christ we can receive the eternal blessings.
2) God is our Provider – the God, who blesses us; the Source of Provision (Genesis 1:22, Genesis 1:28)
God is willing and able to give us every blessing on this earth, He will especially bless us through giving us children, and let His blessings flow through us to our next generations. As Christians we should all experience God’s blessings and providence.
3) God is our Protector – the God, who gives us peace (Psalm 121:7-8)
God can protect us and watch over us. When we are being protected by God, then sudden disasters will not come to us. There are also spiritual attacks that we cannot see, but God will also protect us and save us.
4) God is our Covenant Keeper – the God of Lovingkindness (Isaiah 54:10)
Every promise God gives to us in the Bible is yes and amen. He will keep His promises, and as long as we keep on believing in Him, He will surely show us how these promises for us will come to past!
B. THE DEFINITION OF AN IDOL (Exodus 20:4-6)
1) Carved Images
These are idols made by human hands, into human likeness or into things in natural. Human idolized a human or ancestors then worship them. Idols are not created by God but created by men and we need to know that idols created by men have no authority and no power to help us.
2) Conjuring up a Likeness of Something
These are idols from our imagination, such as ancient goodness, or characters from stories and legends. We should not rely on the imaginary idols but the real God!
3) Bowing Down & Serving
These are idols of what we worship and put our trust in, the things that we replace God with, such as money, fame, drugs, celebrities, etc. These can also be superstition behavior, such as divination, Tarot, zodiac signs, fortune telling, name changing, Feng Sui, astrology, etc. Sometimes idols can be something that is not visible, but give us satisfaction of the world. But all these idols will not last forever and at the end they will disappoint us.
4) Wrong Value Systems
These are idols replacing truth with worldly wisdom, wrong behavior or actions, such as sex before marriage, cohabitation, homosexuality, etc. Or wrong mindsets and values. These value systems seem appropriate but are not from the truth and can easily take us to an ungodly path.
C. CHOOSE CURSES OR BLESSINGS
1) The Curses of Worshipping Idols (Deuteronomy 4:25, Colossians 1:21, Psalm 16:4, Exodus 20:5)
When we follow God we will step into blessings, but if we follow the devil we will step into curses. Many curses will come with idol worshipping, including broken relationships caused by death in the spirit, anti-Christ spirit, and loss of healthy conscience. Curses will also lead to sickness, which will also bring fear, unrest and bondage. The Bible mentioned in many places that these curses will have negative influences on our decedents, and the future generations. This is simply by our choice, if we choose to worship the idols of the world, then the curses will come upon us.
2) The Blessings of Worshipping the True God (II Corinthians 6:18, Psalm 34:10, Proverbs 14:26
On the other hand, if we choose blessings, there are already so many promises in the Bible that we can receive. First and foremost, we will have the blessing of being the child of God. Furthermore, our lives will be blessed, we will have someone we can put our trust in, and our descendants will be blessed. God has already clearly laid out the two paths in front of us, we can choose blessings or we can choose curses.
D. OUR RESPONSE
Today is the day for us to respond to God, to tell God that we choose to follow Him and we choose blessings. There are four simple ways for us to follow as a response to God.
1) Confess Sins – We need to confess our sins of ignorance, the sin of not knowing God, and sins of worshipping idols.
2) Renounce in the Name of Jesus – We can use the Name of Jesus to renounce the previous idols we worshipped and relied on.
3) Trust in God – After we renounce the idols, we need to then trust in God with all our heart.
4) Take Action – By taking an action, we are showing our faithfulness towards our God. We should destroy all idols in our lives, get rid of everything that has to do with the idols or superstitions.