From the old movie with Charlton Heston "The Ten Commandments"
You shall have no other gods before Me. Exodus 20:3
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
I like movies especially when I can use them as an example in something like this. Here is some dialog from the 1991 movie, “City Slickers”
Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is?
[holds up one finger]
Mitch: Your finger?
Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don't mean ----
Mitch: But, what is the "one thing?"
Curly: [smiles] That's what *you* have to find out
Disclaimer: I am Not endorsing this movie! They are wrong in their conclusions. Now if they had choose Jesus as their “One thing” that would've worked!
Something that’s been on my mind (as you can see from my posts) is addictions, chains……How do you get free?
Well…..let me first suggest, as I have before; The 12 Steps…Step one is; “We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable.”
This one is all about honesty (truth), you can’t solve your “problem” if you don’t think you have one! I find this interesting; This is “Step One” and as I said in "You Hypocrite!" the “belt of truth” is the first piece of armor in the Armor of God in Ephesians chapter 6. Jesus even said Himself, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” John 8:32
What I want to talk about in this blog post, however, is step 2: “We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves (Jesus) could restore us to sanity.” and also step 3: "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God (Jesus Christ)"
This is important because I think that when we become “addicted” to something it becomes larger than life, it becomes our “god”. A great book (I have mentioned before) for “recovering persons” I have is called, “Letting God” by A Philip Parham. Parham says, “A great third-century Christian said, ‘Idolatry is the principal crime of the human race, the highest guilt charged upon the world, the whole cause of judgment.’….Anything can become an idol, the object of our heart: food, status, success, sex, power, money, fame, gambling, a person, cars, alcohol, drugs, boats, computers, houses, furniture, gardens,-the list is endless….”
The Bible says,
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:4 Jesus quotes this verse in Matthew 22:37. Now if something is repeated over and over in the Bible (things like: Love, Jesus, Messiah, Peace, Faith, Hope, Joy….) Pay attention! You know these things are important!
Jesus also said, “…Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
.....Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve....As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
How did you become “chained” or addicted to this thing that now consumes you? By “yielding” to it:
Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? Romans 6:16
Oswald Chambers said, “There is no power within the human soul itself that is capable of breaking the bondage of the nature created by yielding. For example, yield for one second to anything in the nature of lust, and although you may hate yourself for having yielded, you become enslaved to that thing. (Remember what lust is— “I must have it now,” whether it is the lust of the flesh or the lust of the mind.) No release or escape from it will ever come from any human power, but only through the power of redemption. You must yield yourself in utter humiliation to the only One who can break the dominating power in your life, namely, the Lord Jesus Christ. “. . . He has anointed Me . . . to proclaim liberty to the captives . . .” (Luke 4:18 and Isaiah 61:1)….. It is easy to sing, “He will break every fetter,” while at the same time living a life of obvious slavery to yourself. But yielding to Jesus will break every kind of slavery in any person’s life. ““My Utmost for His Highest” March 14th
“When we begin to “be restored to sanity”, our moment of truth arrives. It finally dawns upon us: we not only worship idols; we have surrendered our life and will over to the care of lesser gods that enslave us and tear us down. When we decide to bow down to only God the father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we are freed from our addictive idols and lifted up.” A. Philip Parham, “Letting God”
So how do we get free? By yielding to God and saying, “No” to the things that enslave you, turn to Him! I know, I’m still continuing to be freed of all my chains, but I know He has the answer, so I press on…Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
So why not yield to the only One Who can break your chains?
This is a song about this very subject- if you are brave: LISTEN: Jimmy Needham- Clear the Stage
About how men's focus on the wrong "One Thing" had disillusioned me: One Thing; Why I Hate/Love Men