Idols, Scarecrows, and the King

jeremiahThis message by Pastor Rod Harris was delivered at Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday evening, November 18, 2007, and was taken from Jeremiah 9:25-10:16.

To have genuine faith is to turn from the pursuit of worthless idols and turn to the one true God. Idolatry is a problem in every age.

  1. The piercing eye of God’s judgment looks beyond external faith. The mere presence of the right symbols and rituals is no guarantee of genuine worship. A merely external faith is not just a worthless thing, it is a damnable thing. Why? Because it invites the judgment of God.
  2. God reveals the worthlessness of man-made gods. If you want to know what your idol is, ask yourself these three questions:
    1. What thing or things take the place of God in your life?
    2. Where do you find significance?
    3. What is it that really angers you?How does God deal with false gods, thus defining how we should deal with them?
    1. Identify it as an idol.
    2. Scorn it, mock it, ridicule it, to reveal it for what it really is.
  3. The melodious voice of his grace boasts of the glorious truth of his salvation.

This is the God we worship. And this is the God who is worthy of our worship, our praise, and our devotion. Genuine faith turns from the pursuit of worthless idols to joyfully embrace the true and living God.

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