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Who is Your God? (1 Kings 18)

I am not getting much time to write devotions right now as I am watching my infant grandson several days a week. But each day that I have him, we start off reading in the Children's Bible.

Does he understand what we are reading at 5 months old? Of course not.

But it is starting a routine to teach him that we must take in spiritual nourishment each morning just as we need physical nourishment.

The physical food gives us the energy to think clearly and perform the work we must do.

The spiritual nourishment dresses us for battle against the temptations of this world which constantly entice us to choose a Baal to align ourselves with rather than Jesus, who died in our place.

It would be easy to think the temptation to worship Baal disappeared long ago. But in reality that influence is alive and well in our world today.

In fact, we are living in a time in which the temptation to follow deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons is actually increasing exponentially around every turn of our day to day lives.

The problem is these temptations are not packaged as a statue called Baal. Instead they come as ideologies which seem good not evil, even adorned to represent God with a purpose that seems honorable on the surface but is actually in direct conflict to following and obeying Him.

Anything that continuously discourages us from putting God first and living in obedience to Him is really nothing more than a modern day Baal, to which Elijah said:

1 Kings 18:21 "You must choose: Follow Baal or the Lord God."

Dear Lord, Thank you for the reminder to start the day with Your Word, strapping on Your armor, and watching for the enticements to follow and support the Baals which are even decorated to represent You or dressed in sheep's clothing. Lord, please fill me with Your Spirit so that my actions and my words encourage others to draw close to You rather than falling away, paying attention to the Baals which are placed before them. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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Jun 30, 2023

Temptation and falling away is real. Understanding that is the first step. Prayer and the Bible is the next step.

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