Gems 2015 — August 3 Scripture Selection: Psalm 115-116

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

August 3 Scripture Selection: Psalm 115-116

Food for Thought: Ps. 115:2-11

The Lord is not at all intimidated or threatened by idols. They can do nothing. They have absolutely no power within themselves. They cannot perform anything, while His works are beyond measure. The main reason why He objects to people bowing down to and relying on idols—even those with Christian, religious appearance—is that those who do are substituting Him for something so very inferior that they can see and touch with human eyes and hands, instead of trusting in the invisible God. And Satan wants nothing better than to keep people from trusting in the One true God alone.

I Corinthians 10:19-20 speaks of the demonic influence behind idols, regardless of their benign, “goodly” appearance:

“What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.”

True faith can never be reliant on objects that we can see. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb. 11:1).” And true faith, one that is not directed toward or reliant on man-made objects, is what really pleases God (Heb. 11:6). Just as Jesus told Thomas that the people who believed that He had risen from the dead without having seen the holes from the nails that pierced His hands and the sword that pierced His side were more blessed than he was (John 20:25-29). True believers “walk by faith, not by sight (II Cor. 5:7).”

“Therefore, my beloved,” the apostle Paul says, “flee from idolatry (I Cor. 10:14).” Make the Lord the entire object of your attention and trust. “You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield (Ps. 115:11).”

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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One Response to Gems 2015 — August 3 Scripture Selection: Psalm 115-116

  1. substance that of which a thing consists; physical matter or material:
    form and substance.
    something you touch,fell, hold on to

    Alfred

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