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1 Corinthians 10:1-22

Paul directs the Corinthian believers' attention back to Moses and the Israelites to make the point that we must not put anything ahead of God. Verse 14 says it very plainly. "Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry."

There are many things that can be an idol (having nice things, being popular, looking attractive to name few). And what entices me may not even appeal to you, and vice versa. So think about the way you're wired. What are those things or areas that can get in the way of your relationship with God? How do you deal with them and keep them in their proper place? Tami

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Circumstances, Struggles, Lusts, and the Mind.
I thought about what those "wilderness wanderers" were going through and compared to my life right now. I'm going through one of the most emotionally charged losses in my entire Christian life, the break up of my marriage, leaving my home of 28 years, and not seeing the faces of my "babies," (still have some younger one's at home.)

Like those wilderness wanderers I am tempted to become diverted from what the Lord is trying to do in my life, succumbing to the battle going on in my mind. "Does God see where I am? Does He know my needs? Will He meet them? What good does my "spiritual life" do me now?"

It is now that I must even more decidedly commit and submit to He who knows EVERYTHING and whose faithfulness NEVER wavers.

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." (vs. 13)

I think my biggest obstacle in my relationship with God is me. I catch myself putting my wants ahead of God. God sees everything-He knows my needs, He sees the future. I trust Him with my life on Earth and eternally. But I also like to be in control even knowing that I am not. It is a daily struggle to live my life for God and His plans (which are so much better than my plans) and to not worry about 'me'. Constant communication (prayer) smoothes out my day.

There are so many areas of sin and temptation that get in the way of God and its not always easy to see them coming, but I do love that he gives us a way out every time. I heard for the first time that being an attractive women can really be problematic, because it can cause you to sin more. Who would have thought that this could be an obstacle in our relationship with God, especially because the world puts such emphasis on looking attractive. Then just yesterday I was reading an article titled the "devils memo" it addresses every issue we have today but its written from the devil's view point and boasting with pride about how he is getting so many of God's people to join him at his dinner table in hell. It really brings home Gods message to us because sometimes all the preaching from the pulpit just becomes babble to us and we don't realize the eternal consequences from our choices. My way of dealing with sin and keeping Gods prospective is praying as much as possible because being in communion with him leaves no room for trouble. We all need to keep Gods word in our hearts as not to offend him, that is the only defense we have against evil and its been gifted to us as Gods people. You realize that there isn't any area that is off limits just look at Job and his life and how easy it would have been to curse God and put on a pity party for his losses. We need to unite with our fellow Christians in love and fight the good fight, not lose sight of our purpose here because we are all equal in this battlefield, its just that we have let the enemy divide our thinking in order to weaken us.

My emotion is one of the thing that gets in the way. I can hear him saying the things am to do but how I feel gets into the way. My heart cant understand it, so I grow weak and delay. Am fighting daily to overcome it,leaning on HIM and asking HIM to gentle touch my heart. Am also praying daily that God will just use this chemistry of emotion to His Will because my goal is to be a servant for the Lord who will go where he wants me to without fear or favour.

One battle I constantly have to fight is that of reminding myself to trust the truth I know in my mind from God's Word--which is stable--rather than my own emotions or anxieties--which are fleeting and unreliable, at best.

I stumble over my idolization of material wealth constantly. I identified this weakness in myself some time ago and like an addiction, I pray it down and it bubbles back to the surface.
My selfishness must be an open door for it to gain a foothold. I am praying that I recognize the gifts that God provides that bring me true comfort and peace.
Someone was recently talking about how being grateful and expressing praise completes the exchange of receiving. I will praise the Lord more!

Yes, God first....the Creator God ...One and Only

Mrs. Weissert,
Mr. Munro, and the BTTB program, mention many times that God is first, that we are to OBEY Jesus Christ, for He is LORD, KING, and SON of the One God.
...that we are to do, as servants, the Will of the One Creator.
Christ said that we are to worship only the Lord God and Him Alone to serve.
Christ also said that we are to love the One and Only Creator Father with ALL of our being (heart, mind, soul, and strength).

Would you answer then the following question?

Did Christ teach that it is RIGHT to confess, to embrace, to worship, to live by the belief / way of FREEDOM to worship any 'god'?

John Stefanyszyn

Thanks for your question, John. No, Jesus never told anyone that he or she was free to worship any God. In fact, He told the Devil in Matthew 4:10: "Get out of here, Satan," Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, 'You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him.'" Those who choose to serve other gods will experience suffering in hell prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).

Harold B.
P4 Correspondent

Harold B.
Your response is true. Do you believe then in man's embracement of his "human right" for freedom of religion...that it is "right to be free" to worship any religion?

John, there's a difference in what you ask about. If you were starting a sports club, you should allow freedom of religion. If you're in a church that teaches the Bible you should state that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, as He said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."

Jesus also said in Mathew 7:13-14, "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."

So one either chooses Jesus' way and reaches heaven or chooses his own way and reaches hell.

Harold B.
P4 Correspondent

Christ did not say that one is free to choose a "gate"...for He said that the wide gate leads to judgement and death...since this way is disobedience to the Will of the Creator.
We all belong to the Creator and therefore we are subject to His Authority and Will. A servant is not free to do his own will. If a servant does his own will against the Will of his Master, then this servant is judged and punished. If the master were to give "freedom" to a servant, then this servant is no longer under the authority of the Master, for he is now master in his own right and will not be judged or punished by the previous master.

Re freedom of religion in a sports club....did Christ teach and stand for the Truth as a religion within a church or did He not also teach it in the synagogues but also in all social situations?

Do you think that when Christ will rule as the One and Only King that freedom of religion will be accepted in 'sports clubs'?

Today, it is satan that rules the earth and man embraces his way of "freedom"....but a true follower of Christ does not embrace that way in his life for he serves the Will of the One Creator and not his own will.

One last point....if the democratic gov't were to defend BTTB from speaking of Christ the One King, how would the people and lawyers of the BTTB react?
....would they claim that this is against their belief in freedom of religion?

If a Muslim organisation were defended from preaching their religion, they would also turn for protection in their belief in "freedom" of religion.

If an atheist group.....they too would turn to "freedom" for protection.

Harold, you say ,as per the Word of God, that we are to Obey the One God but at the same time you believe that freedom of all religions, freedom of self-rights, in society is good as a way of life.


It's apparent you and I don't understand each other. I'm not getting your main point and you're not understanding my answers. I encourage you to communicate with someone else who can understand you better than I.

Harold B.
P4 Correspondent

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