Never Repentant?

12/28/2004 5:50 AM
Title: NEVER REPENTING?
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S: “The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not
repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and
idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood – idols that cannot see or
hear of walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their
sexual immorality or their thefts.” Revelation 9:20-21

O: Mankind is certainly stubborn. They see all the tragedies of the world
and they don’t see God’s working and moving trying to get them to repent.
They see all the struggles against them and they turn only more-so to their
idols.

I am reminded of the short snip I heard from Eminem’s new song yesterday –
it said something about follow me to the darkness.. It was a pretty evil
sounding song and a pretty evil sounding lyrics. Almost like Satan himself
talking. Scary.

We don’t seem to set up idols on our mantels very much anymore. What I mean
by that is that we don’t seem to carve figurines much anymore and worship
them. But we do worship idols just as much as ever before, in my opinion..

Demons: We worship them in the form of playing with them, listening to them
on the radio, etc.
Gold: Watches, jewelry, and any other thing made out of Gold – even money
Silver: same as above
Bronze: Anything shiny or glitzy we tend to worship – Hollywood, cars,
stuff, etc.
Stone: Homes
Wood: Homes

Idols that cannot see or hear or talk. It’s interesting to note how God
refers to them – implying why would you go after something so “stupid” when
you could see, hear or talk with God Himself.

The worst part of this though is the part about not giving up their Murders,
Magic Arts, Sexual Immorality and Theft. Why do we want to hang onto things
that are this evil? What is it about human kind that makes it exciting to
hang onto the things that will only hurt us more?

A: I don’t think I have any room to complain about other people. Instead,
what am I hanging onto that should be let go of. Am I hanging onto food,
clothing, homes, cars, or stuff? Am I hanging onto the applause of men? Am
I hanging onto things that God has asked me to let go of?

I want to be able to say no to those questions. I want to get to the place
in my journey where I am no longer fighting God on things. Gail used to say
to me, and I agree here with her, that I want to get to the place where God
says to do something, my FIRST answer is “Yes, Lord.”

P: Lord, I turn myself over to you. I want to be free from the sin in my
life. I want my relationship to be built around you and not around what I’m
trying to hang onto. Please change my heart. Please take my life. Please
fill me with the Holy Spirit. Please change my heart and change my mind.
Please help me to walk with you.

I ask you into my heart. I ask you to lead me to day. I submit myself to
you. I surrender me to you. I don’t want to hold anything back, I’m your
servant, and I want you to be in charge. Please take charge, Lord – protect
me, bless me, fill me, and make me into a man like you.

I love you, I want to follow you. Please open my heart to be like you. I
love you.

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