Mud Volleyball

Saturday August 20 I had the opportunity to play in a Mud Volleyball tournament fundraiser for Sequoyah High School in Madisonville. We had a great team who won every game we played. Our team had some great ladies who played awesome.  Here is a picture of us resting between games.

I was unable to get a picture of us playing but here is a picture of other teams with mud covered players like how we looked.

I am so excited that even though we were there to play in this tournament I was able to talk with some people about Harvest Knoxville. Continue to pray for the opportunities which we have for witnessing to the community and reaching out to speak with individuals about Harvest Bible Chapel Knoxville.

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Idolatry – Deal with it and stop making excuses

“The human heart is a factory of idols” – Calvin

I really had no idea that Calvin said this until Eric Cobb, a good friend, said this in a sermon a couple of years ago. I intellectually agreed with this until this past week. God reveals areas in you which you fall short when you ask him to open your eyes to different areas.

I know that in Exodus 20:4-6 the second commandment reveals that Idolatry is a huge problem. Idolatry is worshiping or serving anything other than God. Idolatry in these scriptures refers specifically to images which are made by man and take the place of the Holy God who is the one who should truly be worshiped.

1 Corinthians 10:7 & 14 clearly say what we should do with idolatry when it comes up. In 1 Corinthians 10:7 the Christian is commanded to not become an idolater. Literally you could say that believers are commanded to not be an idol server. 1 Corinthians 10:14 commands the believer to flee from idolatry. To flee from idolatry means to literally run away from it.

I am so thankful that the LORD has revealed different areas of idolatry which are in my heart. Each of these areas is difficult for me to deal with. I know that I should not worship or serve any other god and that I should run away from idolatry but some times it is so appealing to my flesh. As with most people I can make up excuses for why I have let these idols rest in my heart but NO MORE EXCUSES. They must GO and GO NOW! To deal with idolatry I need God to move in a mighty way, I am currently pleading with the Holy Spirit to remove these idols that he has revealed from my heart. Dealing with idolatry also involves focusing on God and his glory which can only happen as we seek to know him as he has revealed himself in the scriptures. There are times where I know my idolatry is selfish pride so dealing with it means seeking the best for others and not for myself, thus practicing Philippians 2:3-4.

Apply for Life

There have been times during my Christian walk where I thought I was doing well by simply reading the bible and praying every day. I know that this thinking is wrong. Christians who read the bible to please God are trying to earn his favor. We are so wicked and sinful we are unable to even contemplate earning God’s favor by doing anything remember that it we are not saved by any work except the grace of Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). There also is another thing that I found myself doing as I was reading the bible. I was reading it to gain knowledge. This is also a failure on my part because the scriptures clearly teach that knowledge puff’s up (1 Corinthians 8:1). It caused pride to swelled in my heart because I knew more about the bible than other people and the scriptures say that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5).

The LORD has been teaching me not to read for knowledge sake but to read to glorify God and please him. While studying Nehemiah 6 I was convicted that the scriptures are to be known so that they can be applied to every day life. Nehemiah was a master at this. When he was faced with people attempting to threaten him with empty threats and trying to get him to sin in Nehemiah 6:10. He responded in 6:11 with “Should a man like me flee? And could one such as I go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.” This reply is a great example of applying the scriptures. He did not quote Proverbs 28:1 “The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” or 1 Kings 2:28-34 where Joab fled to the alter to avoid being killed and was killed anyways. Instead of quoting these scriptures Nehemiah simply applied them to his situation and lived them out.

In my life I need to be more application oriented with the scriptures. Application of the scriptures to every day life helps the Christian focus on glorifying God. Seeking to apply the scriptures will do a few things: 1) It will take the individuals focus off of themselves, 2) It will cause them to read the scriptures in a different light, and 3) It will help people to dwell on the scriptures. I have found that all 3 of these things have happened as application of the scriptures becomes more prominent in my life.