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Reversing Idolatrous Consequences, Part 2

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January 29, 2021 7:00 am

Reversing Idolatrous Consequences, Part 2

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January 29, 2021 7:00 am

Most Christians think they will never be tempted to worship idols. But idols come in all shapes and sizes, and they are far more common than most of us think. That’s why, in this lesson with Dr. Tony Evans, he will help you discover some of the surprising things that may be separating you from the Lord.

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Are you into a style that is God's. Dr. Tony Evans says idols are more common than we think latest for spiritual places. We don't want to go just dealing with dealing with phonics attachments celebrating faithfulness.

This is the alternative Dr. Tony Evans authored speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative.

Most Christians think they'll never be tempted to worship idols, but idols are just statues. So today Dr. Evans will help you discover some of the surprising things that may be separating you from the Lord. Let's join them all in society. Although sophisticated, it is any person placed on any now that you put God in front of him. You can always know what your God is by what comes first. Love the Lord your God first.

Anything else, put first in competition with in front of the God of the Bible is become notes to most of us object of worship in chapter 33 we are told about next. Manasseh was 12 years old when he became king and he reigned 55 years and rose verse two and he didn't in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David the first's reign in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them he brought in the priest of the Levites and gather them in the square on the east and he said to me only bikes consecrate yourselves now consecrate the house of the Lord, the God of your fathers and carry the uncleanness from the holy place. Hezekiah is Manasseh's father.

He was raised by this could. He was raised by her father, who love God and serve God wanted to obey God and the people around him to take God seriously so daddy was a great godly man but is baby boy Manasseh went left when he left. According to the abomination of the nation's that were surrounding him. The last picture Manasseh she's growing up these avid devotions wouldn't daddy that is taken in the temple is getting all this godly stuff, put it in and then along the way out and see all the folks around all the nations, the Canaanite, the Hittite Jebusite. The termites are maybe clear the nation around these nations limited up nations and all the stuff. It becomes attractive to him God because of abominations because of what's happening God because of Babel.

But it looked like fun, so did their worldview in God's place.

Verse three tells us he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah, his father had broken down the idol worship centers also erected alters for the bales idols and made room.

He made more idols and worship all the host of heaven and serve them open. He gets worse versus what she felt, alters in the house of the Lord which the Lord had said my name shall be in Jerusalem so number one he goes out and idols of the culture of the one but then according to verse four.

He brought the idols of the culture into the house of God brought in the church would so is bad enough you adapted it in the culture. It's even worse when you brought it into the house of God. You and I live in a day of idolatry.

We live in a day when God is daily insulted by the other gods we bring whether it's the God of technology, whether it's the God of entertainment. Whether it's the God of athletics. None of those things may be wrongheaded about themselves. But the moment they compete with the God of the Bible that you have adopted the worldview sprinkled a little Jesus on it to make it feel better. Brought it into the house of God, it gets worse. He built altars to the host of heaven's responses in the two ports of the house of God, and he made his sons pass through the five that's child sacrifice we got child sacrifice today is called abortion.

That's child sacrifice that's killing the unborn, who persons you don't understand the issue of abortion had nothing to do with women's rights to do with this is my body. That's irrelevant because we not talk about your body which are not the body of another, that you happen to be housing for a nine month period of time.

The Bible says in Psalm 139 that stitches the baby in and that that baby the image of God, so to abort is to attack God's sake, it's a God to its child sacrifice so well sophisticated today and somehow we think because it's illegal is legitimate. One of the reasons our culture is falling apart is that instead of the church influencing the culture. The culture is now influencing the church because now folks are bringing the mass of the culture into the church asking the church to go along with what's worse is that many churches are going along with it. You know that the culture is in trouble when appropriate, and to acquiesce to the culture when we bring the idols of the culture into the house of God while worshiping God.does not want to be completed with an exclusivity clause. He has a noncompete contract.

It was this easy kill chapter 14 verse six says that when you choose, and idols that I don't come detestable practices that were idols lure you into a new lifestyle that is godless. They may not say that outfront but you long enough and I will you win and then verse nine Manasseh misled Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord destroys before the sons of Israel.

Verse two says she did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the abomination of the nation's verse nine says that he did more evil than the nations of the women is not all doing what they did but by the time it does not doing more than a habit. And he was raised in the Christian family and he's doing law vendor agent Simmons Havens did because he did not understand the demonic attachment to idolatry.

Idolatry is like garbage.

It invites roaches idolatry invites demons so you no longer just dealing with either you dealing with the demonic attachment to the first 10 the Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention was focused memory.

The church and going to the temple.

Here is what happens when God can get our attention. The Lord brought the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria against them, and they captured Manasseh with hooks and bound him with bronze chains and took him to Babylon. And so what God was creating a situation out of Manasseh's control, BAC, created a situation and that situation came on Manasseh and hooked them up and said they put them on hooks they put them in chains. When God asked to get your attention creates chaos in the world. Verse 12 when he was in distress. In other words, it became clear to him. This is unfixable no way out of this camp think I can solve this if I can't change.

This is my world is gone out of control. He humbled himself. Now you can Google yourself voluntarily. Or you can yourself a mandatory Dr. Evans will give us a look at what's in store for those who choose that volunteer option that's coming up after these thoughts on 40 years of faithfulness as we come into the celebration, about 40 years since the beginning of the urban alternative. Words cannot express my gratitude to God for his faithfulness to the development of this ministry. Little did I know when we began with cassette tapes and we were begging them up because people were requesting the sermons that he would take humble beginnings and turn it into an international ministry now 1400 stations daily hundred and 30 countries around the world reaching hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people with the truth of God. I am humbled by his faithfulness to me and took us to the urban alternative and I'm certainly grateful for the frenzies given us who been faithful to. I praise God for 40 years of his favor on us.

The urban alternative is celebrating 40 years of God's faithfulness. Look forward to seeing where he leads us in the future right now. I wanted to let you know that today's message is part of Tony's powerful series U-turn reversing spiritual consequences. This series is proven to be a valuable resource for many to help turn around the negative results of bad choices.

Dr. Evans has written a book that further illuminates the subject is called U-turns reversing the consequences in your life and it's the perfect complement to what we been learning about today the book and 12 message series focus on parts of your life or you may have taken wrong turns areas like fear and anxiety financial challenges addiction issues since they passed down through generations and more. Regardless of where you've been and where you're currently heading these powerful lessons can get you moving in God's direction through Monday. We're offering them together is our gift to you. When you make a donation to help us keep Tony's teaching on the air. Give us a call at 1-800-800-3222 or visit Tony today to make your contribution and request, and if you want to dig even deeper or help lead others in these life-changing truths. Check out Tony's U-turn Bible study kit and DVD lessons again. You can get all the details when you call us at 1-800-800-3222 or visit Tony repeat our contact information for you after part two of today's lesson and this apprentice Dr. Tony Evans says Christians have a habit of under using overlooking our most valuable spiritual resource connection with the Lord. In the course on kingdom. Prayer Tony Evans training center you'll discover how God has wired the world to work like prayer and experience for yourself how it connects heaven with her and time with eternity will not only gain a new understanding and appreciation for prayer you'll actually pray in transforming wage never experienced before. The course is intense work through at your own pace and get all the help you need online for and course is custom content from Tony not available warehouse connect with the Tony Evans training center and Tony

It's like having a seminary on your smart phone or other device. Start today Tony Evans or to go below spiritual football. The biggest guys have to get the lowest of the biggest guys on the line between the beef is on the life you'll see stand.

The bigger you the little you better you go below you will be for God humbles the proud image of grace to the humble city humbled himself, but he humbled himself because he was in distress. God will make you desperate, so that you discover she's the only one number the times in Scripture God the telephone.

Go call your God, to get you added Google businessmen over here on the side connect you with your God working out working out again when it says in his distress. He entreated the Lord his God will you thought Manasseh was saying everything about him look like a pagan center, but the text says the Lord was his God.

Some of us got saved and childhood went to college and he turned right. We didn't get saved. It just got so worldly for so long and haven't been in stress long enough, he humbled himself. Watch this greatly because of the lower you need to get before the Lord, the God of his fathers pray to him, he God wants this was moved by his entreaty and heard his supplication no you didn't limit women when he got no desperate found out the palm readers couldn't help in the spiritist couldn't help it. The astrologers could help the educators couldn't help in this context could help if his money couldn't help it because he was king's power couldn't help it.

When it became clear that there was only one God.

In this equation is God. He cried out to God greatly This one and it says when God heard he was moved to something about the emotions of the got his feelings see only God you hear about.

They have no feelings.

They have a feeling you could never say about any other God. You know that God is love.

You couldn't could never say that considering feelings not true of the God of the Bible is emotional. They could be angry because he says he provoked the Lord. He could have thought since God was moved he felt that's what you see. Number times in the Bible and God repented changed his mind because he felt see you only get God's feeling of seriousness, feel your sincere.

I plan again, not trying to play God knows what we plan.

God knows what way my handyman like we just don't care. Given the impression we all spiritual and we love hello I get to read all that he says a lot of fun more than a lot of well-planned me me know when that humility is you drop down spiritually, since he was God's moved when he sees true repentance when he sees that you're not playing you're not gaming the system when he sees that this is for real because he would rather show grace and mercy when he cannot ignore sin. The Bible says in Psalm 103 verse 10 he has not dealt with us according to our iniquities. He says in Isaiah 59 verses one into the Lord's hand is not short that he cannot say what our sins have kept him fall from not because he wants to be foxy because he knows he's on to a life with many gods and what happened God's heart got moved and then the unthinkable happened. Verse 13 says he brought him again to Jerusalem to escape what what he brought him all the way back and put them in the position he kicked them out, that's called mercy and grace, by checking to the curb and give you but I'm never going to use you again Install he brought it back in the same position. He was so moved by his repentance. That's good news is good news it when I get right and I go hello God can meet me in that place and still based on the cyber decision do something with you know they must be certain you should never compromise this in the house of God. You only want to hear God's perspective, the house of God do not go there with the politician what the education focus said what the scientist say unless it is considered with the word of God is with the word of God is all, no matter how many degrees are behind the name of God is not in all. Therefore, look at those made you impressed with the professor that you get impressed. Not only are there.

Guess what, no name called out. You tell me a couple you tell them something they tell you what my friends the same when they stop eat you call the housing you that we can talk about your friends doing all that you keep your friends out there since God says about the world is my world. So don't be telling me what you're talking about. They don't impress me.

Dr. Evans will come back in a moment with a final bit of good news to wrap up today's lesson first so be sure to take advantage of the special resource package I mentioned earlier Tony's brand-new U-turns book and 12 message teaching series on CD and digital download that yours is or thank you gift when you make a donation to help support Tony's ministry. This special offer runs out on Monday to visit Tony right away or color 24-hour resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 and let one of our team members help you. And don't forget Dr. Evans has a companion U-turns Bible study kit complete with custom video sessions onto DVD discs.

You can find out or from one of our helpful resource team members at 1-800-800-3222. Some Christians who believe everything the Bible says about God don't necessarily believe what the Bible says about Satan or the demons that serve him on Monday.

Dr. Evans will clear up the issue as he talks about how to reverse the consequences of demonic influence right now though he's back with these final comments today news. The good news is that no matter how low you will if you want to be reached.

God can reach but you must make yourself reachable through humble repentance. Perhaps you, you have devolved into the bottom of life. God knows with the alternative with Dr. Tony Gavin brought to my celebrating 40 years of faithfulness, thanks to the generous contributions of listeners like you

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