Part Two of the Gospel Prayer
Your Presence and Your approval are all I need today for everlasting joy.

Idols—you worship whatever you think you could not live without—absolutely necessary to life and happiness.

Exodus 20:1-6
Then God gave the people all these instructions:
“I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.
“You must not have any other god but me.
“You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.

Hebrew word for glory kabowd meaning weight. Whatever you give weight to; good things made into a god thing becomes a bad thing— life cannot be good without; what we bow down to; controls our emotions

An idol is whatever takes the place of God in your life, whatever you give “god-like” weight to

Idolatry Detector
When you worry, what is it usually about?
The thing I am most worried about losing is .
If I could change right now I would change it.
When have you been happiest in life?
What has made you depressed in life?
What have you been most willing to sacrifice for?
Where do you turn for comfort?

You may have two gods in conflict such as food and image.

St Augustine said that worry, depression, and jealousy are like smoke from a fire that leads you back down to what you worship.

*God is to have such weight in your life that His presence and approval are all we need for everlasting joy.”

Our ability to have joy in all things is the measure of how much we understand and believe the gospel.

God is a better god than what we worship.
All people are worshippers. We all choose something to worship.
God is the fountain of every pleasure.

Jonathan Edwards: Marriage is the ray. God is the sun. Marriage is the stream. God is the ocean. Marriage is the shadow. God is the substance.

Titus 2:11-12
For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God,
Renounce ungodliness and worldly passions; being embraced by the grace of God be joyful in all things.
God’s presence and God’s approval are all I need for everlasting joy.


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