Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:1-22
Our passage this morning gives us several bad examples from the Old Testament. People in situations where they could have trusted God and looked to Him for help but instead chose anyone and anything other than God. Those are idols. Things taking the place of God. He created us to know Him, to be known by Him, and to worship Him – to find joy and satisfaction in Him. So God warns us over and over to avoid idols.
An idol is anything or anyone that begins to capture our hearts and minds and affections more than God.
– Pastor Brad Bigney
- Sexual immorality and idol worship
- Fiery serpents
- Rebellion of Korah
These were warnings for God’s people, and examples for us of what NOT to do.
Way of Escape
Four Promises (v. 13)
- You are not alone
- God is faithful
- It’s not more than you can handle
- There is a way out of this
Look to Jesus
Flee from Idols
He desires all of our worship because He is worthy AND because that is what is best for us. He loves us and does not want to see us mess up our lives and everyone around us by chasing after worthless idols.
Do you want to keep trying the world’s solutions for your emptiness, your pain, your loss, your hunger? They are temporary and often dangerous. And they don’t impact our hearts. God cares about your heart and wants to satisfy you there. Remember while man looks on the outside, God looks into the heart.
Are you doubting God’s promises? Review the four truths about temptation and work on memorizing the verse and the four promises.
Are you chasing after things to satisfy you or are you looking to Jesus to satisfy you completely?
Maybe you are in a trial right now, and you are tempted to choose the world’s quick and easy solution. God may be allowing this hard time, this painful situation so you can look to Jesus, cling to God’s promises, choose to obey Him and experience His lasting joy and satisfaction.
Book Recommendation: Gospel Treason by Brad Bigney
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