Addiction What do you Worship?

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Scripture Passage for the day

Today we will take a second look at Romans 1:18-25.  The Apostle Paul wrote, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”

Thought for the day

We worship God when we praise, proclaim, and display His glory.  To praise God’s glory is to tell God how much we love Him, how grateful we are to Him, and what He means to us.  To proclaim God’s glory is to tell others how God has blessed us, how wonderful He is, and how much he means to us.  To display God’s glory is to use the gifts and talents God has given us.  For example, when a gifted painter paints, or a gifted singer sings, or a gifted teacher teaches they are spotlighting the Creator by displaying His glory through their gifts.  We also worship God when we live a life of obedience to His will and when we live a life of service to Him.  In Romans 1:25 Paul spoke of those who, “Worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.”  In other words, people were serving things that were created   rather than serving the God that created them.

Question for the day

Given the definition of worship in the thought for the day, who or what did we worship in our active addiction?

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Suppressing the truth in addiction

Scripture Passage for the day

The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1:18-25, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”

Thought for the day

There are several things God’s Word teaches us that are intended for us to better understand God’s perfect plan for our lives.  For example:

We are told in the 10 commandments to have no other God but the living God.  God is our supply.  He desires to be our source for true and lasting love, joy, and peace.

Paul said in Philippians 4:19, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”  God wants to supply our needs.  He wants to fill up what is lacking in us.

Colossians 1:16 says, “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”  All things were created by God and for God.  This means that we were created by God for His purpose and pleasure.

The Bible says in Jeremiah 2:13, “for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”  What the Lord is saying through the profit Jeremiah is that God’s people had forsaken Him, although He is the one who supplies all of our needs and they had turn to other things to find fulfillment.  God says trying to find true and lasting fulfillment from those things is like trying to find refreshment for your thirst from drinking from a broken cup that holds no water.

Question for the day

In verse 18 of Romans chapter 1 Paul speaks of those who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.  In our desire to feed our addictions what truths have we suppressed, or tried to ignore?

Turn your answer into a prayer.