• Humanity’s Debased Mind Devotional

    Romans 1:28

    The word for “knowledge” in today’s passage has a practical sense to it. It is the experiential knowledge of the Lord that comes from being in a right relationship to Him. If we do not retain this kind of knowledge, we do not lose our awareness of God’s existence or even of His standards; rather, we lose our ability to fulfill these standards and to reason properly from the nature of the Lord to right ethics. If we do not worship God, we cannot do what is good in His eyes. View Resource

  • Worshiping the Creature Devotional

    Romans 1:22–25

    John Calvin comments, “Religious honor cannot be given to a creature, without taking it away, in a disgraceful and sacrilegious manner, from God.” Rejecting God is so serious that if we will not have Him, He will not have us. One cannot persist in impenitent sin and in giving to other creatures the devotion God deserves. Those who do so become more ensnared in idolatry and grow more blind to the truth. May we seek the Lord above all that our eyes might see His truth more clearly. View Resource

  • The Handwriting on the Wall Devotional

    Daniel 5

    In today’s passage, we saw the great and mighty dependent on the very people they conquered for insight into the Lord’s ways. God so often uses the meek, the powerless, and even the subjugated to show those who think they are mighty that they are not actually mighty at all. We should keep this in mind when we see the church in our day suffer ridicule and marginalization, and pray that the Lord would move the high and mighty to seek us out to learn about our God. View Resource

  • God Versus the Idols Devotional

    Jeremiah 10

    John Calvin comments, “God renders his glory conspicuous everywhere, so that it ought to engage and occupy the thoughts of all men; and it would do so were they not led away by their own vanity.” Idolatry does not exist because the Lord is unclear about His existence but because of our own vain imaginations. Sin makes us prone to trust gods other than the one true Lord of all, but when we do that we become captive to fear and the destructive results of putting our final hope in any but God. View Resource

  • The Word of the Lord through Micah Devotional

    Micah 1

    Scripture is clear that all sin begins with false worship (Rom. 1:18–32). Therefore, recognizing the idols and false worship behind our other sins advances our sanctification. At root, all sin manifests a desire to get what we want apart from the God who is, leading us to create all manner of idols that promise but can never satisfy. Moreover, those who persist in impenitent idolatry will feel the Lord’s wrath. Let us reject all idols and pursue ultimate satisfaction in Christ alone. View Resource

  • The Foolishness of Idolatry Devotional

    Isaiah 44:6–20

    Every form of idolatry manifests our doubts that God really has the ability to save. Counselors have long understood, for instance, that one of the main reasons people become drug, alcohol, and sex addicts is because they are looking for a way to escape their pain, to be saved from their trouble. But such things, as well as the gods of other religions, cannot rescue us. They all disappoint. Only the transcendent Lord of creation, the first cause of all things, can redeem us. View Resource

  • Images in the Sanctuary? Devotional

    Exodus 26:1

    Regardless of one’s position on images in the worship sanctuary, let us all remember that this is an issue over which many good and godly Reformed believers have differed for generations. Consequently, we owe each side respect, and we should listen carefully to the arguments, pro and con, for images in our houses of worship. We should also look with charity on those with whom we disagree, for both sides are equally concerned to avoid idolatry. View Resource

  • Images vs. Idols Devotional

    2 Kings 18:4–5

    Biblical ethics ultimately address the heart. Images in themselves are indifferent; it is what we do with them that matters. The worship of physical images is a problem in many places, but we tend to be more “sophisticated.” We often create images of God in our hearts and minds based on what we think He should be like. Then, we worship that deity, and not the God of Scripture. But if we do not worship the Lord as He reveals Himself in His Word, we are committing idolatry. View Resource

  • No Other Gods Devotional

    Isaiah 45:1–7

    God is the only God who is; therefore, every other lesser “god” will, in the end, bring only disappointment. It is tragic that so many people have run after gods who cannot satisfy, and it is even more tragic when professing believers exalt that which is empty over the Father who sent His Son to give life to His people. Are you serving gods today that cannot satisfy, and if so, why are you waiting to put them away? View Resource

  • Beware of Idolatry Devotional

    Deuteronomy 4:15–31

    Their denial of biblical authority makes it easy to accuse liberals of committing refined idolatry. The evangelical church in our day, however, can also build refined idols. Those who believe in a “God of love” without acknowledging His just wrath are guilty of refined idolatry. Any attempt to make God less sovereign than He really is makes us refined idolaters. Where is your belief about the Lord not in line with what He has revealed about Himself in Scripture? View Resource

  • The Trouble with Riches Devotional

    Matthew 19:23–24

    John Calvin writes that Jesus’ proverb “is highly useful to all; to the rich, that, being warned of their danger, they may be on their guard; to the poor, that, satisfied with their lot, they may not so eagerly desire what would bring more damage than gain.” Even if we do not hold vast riches, our culture tempts us to believe that the pursuit of wealth (otherwise known as “upward mobility”)is the be-all and end-all of life. May we never believe this soul-damning lie. View Resource

  • Laban’s Futile Search Devotional

    Genesis 31:33-35

    Duress makes false gods enticing. Those in dire financial straits may look to the lottery or corrupt politicians to save them. Men or women under pressure at work or at home may seek refuge in drugs, alcohol, or pornography. The terminally ill may follow those who promise healing while teaching a false gospel. Make sure you are surrounded by caring Christians who will help see you through difficulties and caution you against chasing after idols. View Resource

  • God’s Wrath Revealed Devotional

    Romans 1:18–32

    Sexual immorality and idolatry are often linked in Scripture. For example, Hosea’s adulterous wife is likened to Israel who has followed after other gods (see chap. 1). If you are struggling with sexual sin, seek where you have been serving idols or harboring idolatrous thoughts and flee from them. Pray for society in general that man might flee from idolatry, as the immorality we see is emblematic of the greater problem of false worship. View Resource

  • Two Great Lights Devotional

    Genesis 1:14-19

    In the modern world, few of us are tempted to worship idols of wood or stone like the ancient Israelites were. However, the proclivity of the human heart to serve false gods remains as strong as ever. Which modern idol do you find enticing? Perhaps you have defined your life by what you possess. Maybe you serve idleness and are not doing all you can for the kingdom. Search your heart and renounce anything that has taken the place of the Lord. View Resource

  • Avoid Idols Devotional

    1 John 5:20–21

    What are those things you put in place of the living God? Are you consumed with fame and fortune? Do you pursue work to the point of neglecting private and public worship of the Lord? Perhaps you are tempted to worship at the idol of physical beauty and sensuality? Ask a trusted friend if he can see anything in your life you might have made into an idol. Ask that person to help you cast aside this idol. View Resource