Most people in our culture don’t worship man-made idols or have altars to various gods in their homes, and it would be difficult to find a neighborhood Asherah pole in any of our suburbs.
Satan is very good, however, at enticing us to worship other gods. Take a few minutes to explore what the Bible reveals about these attractive and seductive gods; then consider ways in which these gods are evident today.
As you read the following passages, write down what you discover about the “gods” that can lead us away from worshiping and obeying God with all your heart, soul and strength. For each one, identify the God(s) then describe God’s response.
|Scripture Text||Identify the God(s) mentioned in the text||Describe God’s Response|
|2 Timothy 3:1-4||
|1 John 2:15-17||
- What makes our pursuit of the gods our culture so insidious? Which of the gods mentioned above are you most easily enticed to pursue?
- What desires did David express in Psalm 51:10-12 and Psalm 139:23-24 How would similar desires help you resist the lure of the gods of this world?
- Read Psalm 1:1-3 and Psalm 119:9-20, which highlight a number of practical ways to obey and honor God, and list the ways to keep one’s heart pure before God. Then, describe how you would do these things in your life.
- Prayer is essential for anyone who desires to follow God and resist Satan. What attitude did David have toward God when he prayed, and what did he pray about? (See Psalm 5:1-8 and Psalm 25:4-5) In what way is your prayer life similar to, or different from, David’s?
- How committed was David to obeying God, and what did he do to keep his relationship with God vibrant? (See Psalm 26:2-3 and Psalm 32:1-5)
Suggested memory verse: Luke 4:8
And Jesus answered him, “It is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God,
and him only shall you serve.’” (ESV)