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Dr. Arnold Murray, DRE Newsletter # 185 - March 1994
When you plan ahead, you have Anything that you allow to
more time to consider the alterna come between you and the Father
tives, is an idoL Many of you probably
think of the golden calf of Exo
LUKE 14:33 So likewise, whoso
dus when you think of idol worship,
ever he be of you that forsaketh not
but the idols of this generation
all that he hath, he cannot be my
are cars, houses, businesses, rec
reational activities and one idol
that is essential for you to be
able to recognize, Remember, anything you place a
higher priority on than your relationship with God is
LUKE 14:26 If any man come to Me, and hate not
his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and
brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he
cannot be My disciple,
Christ did not use the word hate in this verse, The
word hate is translated from the Greek word "miseo"
(mis-eh-o) which means "to love less", Christ was saying
we must place God above all else.
LUKE 14:2l And whosoever doth not bear his cross,
and' comeaf/er Me, cannot be My disciple,
Christ is telling us we all have our problems to
bear, but to be a Christian we must be prepared to
handle those problems. Always by to handle your problems
yourself. If the problem is more than you are able to
handle, turn it over to Him, As Paul wrote, when we
are at our weakest, we ate our strongest. When we tum
it over to the God, we have the strength of the Father.
LUKE 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a
tower, sitteth not down firs!. and counteth the cost,
whether he have sufficient to finish If?
The analogy Christ uses here iikens building a tower
to having the strength to follow Him, Muster your faith
and your courage will be strengthened, The lesson Christ
is teaching us is to plan ahead, This lesson may be
applied to your daily life, Take a few minutes each
morning to plan your day. Always have an alternate plan
in case your original plan doesn't work out.
LUKE 14:29-30 Lest haply, after he hath laid the
foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold
it begin to mock him, 1" Saying, This man began to
build, and was not able to finish,'
If you don't plan ahead, you may not be able to
finish that which you started,
LUKE 14:31-32 Or what king, going to make war
against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth
whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that
cometh against him with twenty thousand? U Or else,
while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an
ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace,
This is not to say you must give
all of your possessions away to follow Christ. It does
mean those things must have a lower priority in life than
selving Him, rut God first in vour life, What did Ceo:!
do te those that placed other -things above Him?
ROMANS 1:20 For the invisible things of /-lim from
the creation of the world are clearly seen, being un
derstood by the things that are made, even /-lis eternal
power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
The point that will be made in the next verses is
worship the Creator, not the creation,
ROMANS 1:21 Because that when they knew God, they
glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful, but
became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart
They became empty in their own thoughts and traditions
rather than placing God first. God is Wisdom, ff He
is not first in your mind, your thoughts become dark
ROMANS. 1 :22-23 Professing themselves to be wise,
they became fools, 2.;1 And changed the glory of the
uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible
man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping
The word image is translated from the Greek word
eikon (i-kone), When man moves away from God, he
allows mher sometimes heathenish, things to become part
of his religion,
ROMANS 1:24-25 Wherefore God also gave them up
to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts,
to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and wor
shipped and served the creature more than the Creator,
Who is blessed for ever Amen.
They began to worship things God created more than
ROMANS 1:26-27 For this cause God gave them up
unto vile affections: for even their women did change
the natural use into that which is against nature: Zl And
likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the
woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men
with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving
in themselves that recompence of their error which was
God does not like things that are against nature.
If you begin to worship God's creations more than the
Creator, you are going to find yourself in trouble. Let's
go to II Corinthians.
1/ CORINTHIANS 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked
together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath
righteousness with unrighteousness? and what com
munion hath light with darkness?
Many would have you believe this means Chris
tians shouldn't have anything to do with sinners. I
think Paul is saying Christians have a duty to help
unbelievers, but you must be careful not to be har
nessed to the same sins they are.
/I CORiNTHIANS 6:15 And what concord hath Christ
with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with
What concord, or agreement, has Christ with Satan?
There is none.
lL.CORiNTHIANS 616. And what agreerient hath the
Temple of God with idols? for ye are the Temple of
the liVing God, as God hath said. "I will dwell in them,
and waii, In them: anCl I wiJJ be their God, and they
Ii shall be My People."
God is in you. You are the TempLe of the living
God. There should be no agreement with idols and
the Temple of the living God.
I! CORINTHIANS 6.17-18 Wherefore "come out from
among them, and be ye separate", saith the LORD,
'I "and touch not the unclean thing. and I will receive
i you, And Wi/! be a Father unto you, and ye shall
be My sons and daughters," sarth the LORD Almighty.
He is your Father. Tell Him you love Him. Put
God first in your life. We have all been taught these
things since Sunday School. As I started this leeture
by saying, there is one image, or idol. that it is
essential for you to be able to recognize. Concentrate
on God's commandments.
EXODUS 20.1-2 And God spake all these words,
saying, g "/ am the LORD thy God, Which have
brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the
house of bondage.
God is speaking to Moses after the captivity has
EXODUS 20:3-4 Thou shalt have no other gods
before Me. ThOll shalt not make unto thee any
graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is
in heaven above, or that is In the earth beneath, or
that is In the water under the earth:
Why did God go to this length to warn us? He
said make no image of anything in heaven, on earth
or under the earth. God was writing to this generation
and the generations before us. Weare not talking about
some little image whittled out of wood. A little wooden
image is not what we must be concerned with in this
generation, friends. This is the generation of the fig
tree. As it is written in Revelation 12:7, Michael will
boot Satan and his angels out of heaven onto earth.
There will be a supernatural being on this earth that
will make the one world system fimctional. This supernatural
is the idol must be able to recognize.
REVELA TlON 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming
up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb,
and he spake as a dragon.
This supernatural being looked like the lamb of
God, but he spoke as the devil.
REVI;LA TlON 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power
of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth
and them which dweJJ therein to worship the first beast,
whose deadly wound was heaJed.
The first beast is the new world order. This being
makes the one world system work. It will be wonderful.
All of your debts will be paid. People will think the
Messiah has returned. There is just one little problem.
Remember, God said in Exodus that we are to worship
Him and nothing else.
REVELATION 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so
that be maketh fire come down from heaven on the
earth in the sight of men,
This supernatural being will perform miracles in the
sight of men. Why does God allow it? Because man
has not studied His Word.
REVELA TlON 13:14 And deceiveth them that dweJJ
on the earth by the means of those miracles Which
he had power to do In the sight of the beast; saying
to them that dwelJ on the earth, that they "liould make
an image to the beast, which had the wcund by a
sword, and did live.
This is the reason God went to such length in
Exodus 20:4. "Thou shalt not make unto thee any
graven image, or any likeness of any thiulj that is in I
heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that
is in the water under the earth." God knew that you,
especially in this generation of the tig tree, would need
His instruction. Hold on to God's commandments. He
told you what is going to happen in His letter. In Mark
l3:22 He told you even the elect, if possihle, would
be deceived bv a false christ. Paul wrote in II Corin
thians 11: 14 S-atan himself will be transform,- '.i imo an
angel of light. Satan will return to this earth before
Christ. Paul made it clear. All of the apostles made
it clear, if you will only take the time to study God's
Word. This is how you put Him first in your life.
Listen to your Father, or be deceived. Don't take this,
or any other man's word. Check it out for yourself by
reading the Father's Word.
1 don't care what miracles the anti christ will be
able to perform. You have notl'ing to fear, if you plage
God first. You are the Temple of God. You and He
make a majority. Put Him fust in your life and you
won't be deceived.
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