Loyalty

“Honor Your Body With Every Decision You Make”

This is a phrase my health coach and I discussed and I decided to post it in various places to remind me.

But today as I read it I started thinking …

If God’s Spirit lives in me .. this could read as “Honor God With Every Decision You Make”

That decision alone sometimes can be tough with a world full of so many modern day idols and temptations. Not to mention all the distractions biding for our attention.

We may not be bowing to a huge golden calf these days but I know I have bowed to a good ole cheeseburger from time to time.

I have a tendency to not take the best care of myself so the “honor my body with every decision” is a great concept but when I switch it to “honor God with every decision”… now that phrase holds a lot more depth and meaning for me.

As I was studying in Isaiah and came across this verse I was struck at the significance of idol worshipping being alive and well still today.

Some #NuggetDrops I took away were:

An idol is whatever claims the loyalty and glory that belongs to God alone.

Idols are associated with witchcraft and contain demonic potencies that constitute a very real spiritual menace.

Idolatry is a direct attacks against the basic nature of God.

Idolatry and Christianity are totally and utterly incompatible.

We as believers should admonish and keep free from idols.

Yikes!

So, I started thinking about what modern day idols could we be entertaining or worshipping.

Are we more loyal to our TV or Netflix or the gym or outward beauty regimens or our bank accounts or stock portfolios than quality God Time in His presence and Word?

Are we more loyal to junk food, fad diets, binge eating or our couch or favorite chair instead of honoring our temple with good food and exercise?

Are we more loyal to our church or religion and little trinkets and symbols or rituals than actually being the hands and feet of Jesus and serving and loving and praying for others in our own family or community every day instead of just Sunday?

Are we more loyal to the sales or coupons at our favorite stores or the daily deals on Amazon instead of being a good steward of our time and resources and actually giving something back?

Hey, these are hard questions I ask myself too and sadly I am guilty in some areas and I definitely don’t want to be.

So, back to my phrase –

If we “Honor God With Every Decision We Make”

I think that would stop us from giving our loyalty and glory to many modern day idols and shift our focus back to God and God alone.

Just some things I am pondering on my journey to do things a bit differently and to honor God with my health and my decisions by making my choices give Him all loyalty and glory.

~ XXOO Michelle

I am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.

~ Isaiah 42:8-9 NKJV

Idol on the Walls of our Heart

It’s Spring Break and I am here in Cancun, Mexico. There is nothing better than walking on a beach with crystal clear water pushing waves slowly up on to the shore. Especially in the morning or early evening when the beach is less crowded and you have an appointment all alone with God.

 I started off this morning with my verse of the day on my phone. I woke up reading Psalm 16. 

Little did I know I would encounter a “God Wink” on my morning walk. That’s just a circumstance where God interjects himself ever so gently to remind you that He really is there with you and you both acknowledges it. 

On my morning walk to the beach I glanced over to a wall I passed and there he was all alone. Still as a statue and stoic. He caught my attention today. I didn’t notice him yesterday when I strolled by him. He appeared to have someone sitting on his head. 

I can’t believe I didn’t see him yesterday! 
He was that odd. I should be used to seeing these little idols scattered around staring at you everywhere you turn. 

This is what I had read right before I left to go on my walk.  
Psalm 16 with emphasis on verse four. 
There are multiple messages in this chapter. 

Psalm 16 
A Psalm of David 

1 Keep me safe, O God,

    for I have come to you for refuge.

2 I said to the Lord, “You are my Master!

    Every good thing I have comes from you.”

3 The godly people in the land

    are my true heroes!

    I take pleasure in them!

4 Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods.

    I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood

    or even speak the names of their gods.

5 Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.

    You guard all that is mine.

6 The land you have given me is a pleasant land.

    What a wonderful inheritance!

7 I will bless the Lord who guides me;

    even at night my heart instructs me.

8 I know the Lord is always with me.

    I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.

9 No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.

    My body rests in safety.

10 For you will not leave my soul among the dead

    or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.

11 You will show me the way of life,

    granting me the joy of your presence

    and the pleasures of living with you forever.

It was as if this guy yelled out to me, “Hey, look at me you are passing through my domain.” I snapped a picture of him and walked on to my beach chair. 

This whole resort is decorated with ancient relics and idols from the Mexican culture. I was thinking to myself this week how silly it is to put all your hope and worship into a plastic or wooden idol. I was reminded of this every time we used our restroom in our room. There is a naked lady with a big belly hovering over our toilet on the wall. My guess is she represents fertility due to her enlarged belly or she just had too much to eat like me on this trip.  

So as I was “judging” these poor people from long ago who put their trust in cement idols…. God stopped me in my sand tracks!!  
“Thou shall have no other gods before me.”

This commandment popped in my head and I was reminded that we all can put things above God.
I was included in that we. 

I think if we are truly honest with ourselves we are all guilty. Our idols may not be wooden with big bellies or have small people perched on their heads. We put other things and people above God or in place of God. Sometimes they are things that are good and great gifts that God has given us. We just forget who gave them to us and who deserves our thanks and worship. When we put God first and smash all our other “idols” we make a way for God to draw us into relationship with Him. 

It satisfies our soul and it allow all the things in our life to be balanced. We must be intentional with this act and place God on the top of our wall of our head and heart as we walk out each day.  

Let’s knock Humpty Dumpty off on the wall and look to the one true God who made it all. 

Lord, please forgive me for placing things and people above your worship and attention. I acknowledge that you are my Creator and that all good and perfect things come down from you, The Father of Lights!
Worship On,

Kelley Allison 

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com

James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

Pokemon Go Or A No Go 


PokeCrazy! The world once again has gone PokeCrazy. Everywhere you Go- it’s Pokemon.

I remember in the 90’s my kids loved Pokemon. They collected the cards and bought every Pokemon Video game created. 
They had Pikachu and Squirrtle and Charmeleon and my son’s favorite shirt was a Pokemon shirt. 

I watched the show a few times with him and didn’t get it; but had no real cause for concern.  

I did not really understand all the hype but I allowed it. Some of the cards I did not like and made them trade or give away. They would trade cards with friends but they had no clue how to really play the game. 

Then one day when his voice started to crack and he got some armpit hair, he decided he was done and they both packed up and sold all their stuff at a garage sale. 

  We never heard of Pokemon again …

Until recently.

My kids, now 17, were taking about this new app that was Pokemon Go; a virtual scavenger hunt. Before they even got it all out I immediately said- “You will not play that, it opens the door for the enemy.”

They begin pleading their case that not everything is evil and that it encourages activity and community. I could see that they were not buying what I was trying to tell them, so I relented and said- “Ok, seek God and I will seek God and pray for Him to reveal if you should keep playing. ” 

I woke up Monday to post after post on social media about the new Pokemon Go Game App. I defended our decision to allow it on a post and felt at peace that we would seek God and we didn’t really see any harm in the game. I thought –Balance and no playing while driving, and they should be fine.   

Then headlines and news circulated that people were using it to lure people for not only robberies but for pedophiles luring unsuspecting children.  

Wow! The new candy or puppy lure is now- Hey kid, I got a Charmeleon for you.  

As the day wore on I began to have no peace about my kids playing it.  

I then read posts from friends in deliverance ministry taking about that it does open a door for oppressions.  
I started to think back about how as a young child my son was gripped with fear a lot.  

As my mind raced to all the debates and opinions and news stories I didn’t know what to think….

So I stopped and asked God to reveal to me something I am missing and to lead me to know for sure –Is this game a Go or a No Go for my kiddos?

Shortly after stopping to pray I was sent an article about an interview from the creator that said he created it out of rebellion against his overly Christian parents. 


It did not sit well with me. 

See the article and read it Here

So I shared it with a few and even got some resistance that it was fake and so forth.

Then my friend Stella reminded me that it does not line up with our Biblical Worldview.  


Thanks Stella! Now I had my groove back! 



We are not to dabble or entertain those things like Pocket Monsters, or Demons, or mystical religions or witchcraft, sorcery, evolution, psychics, tarot cards, tea leaves, mediums, etc.  

So I went to Google to try to find more things to plead my case to my kiddos.  
I found this article that helped me explain it a little further and I thanked God for revealing it all to me.

Read that article Here

 

And if that is still not enough to convince you ….my friend Stella sent me this article on what the Bible says….

Read Here

Still not convinced …..

 
Check out today’s round making posts about privacy and how people are deleting the app. 

Read more here

Lastly, I was told about a book by John Paul Jackson regarding the dangers of Pokemon

Here is the link for the book

I am not a Ghost Buster, or Demon Chaser. I do believe that what the world views as insignificant is not what God thinks. I am learning every day about things that can open doors for oppressions and many other things. I am a parent that did not always get it right, and I still don’t. But I seek God and ask Him to intervene when I may not see the obvious staring me in the face. I am thankful for great friends that point me in a better direction and I am so grateful to a loving God that forgives me and my kiddos when we repent for seeking things that are not His best for us. 

So for our house- 

 Pokemon is a definite No Go for us.

       ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

The Way Back To Sanity 

  
Make a list of all the things you couldn’t live without….. 

Most likely it will also be those things you are making an idol. 

Many people, even Christians today don’t believe or recognize they are struggling with idolatry.  

Years ago I remember when I heard that 

Anything competing for heart space with God is an idol. 

I was so convicted. 
Ouch! I discovered I had a ton of idols.  

What are some things that compete with God? 

Well, for me, some of them over the years were:

Smoking cigarettes 

Drinking alcohol

Food

Sex

Physical appearance

Shopping

People

Approval

Religious service

Volunteering

Career

Work

Home

Computers

Designer Brands

My children

My husband

My phone

Facebook

Secular Music

Reading 

Recovery 

Recognition

Television 

Unforgiveness 

Bitterness

Shame

Guilt 

God doesn’t want to be your first and best God, He wants to be your Only God! 

Today on my 10 for 10 download of my Fasting Experience, God wanted to remind me how easily something, even something good, can take over and start to become an idol. 

He also reminded me that some people will always question the legitimacy of what we say, but no one can question the fact of a transformed life.   

When things start to feel out of balance or insane there is only one way back to sanity…. 

We have to put things back in order and remove anything that takes our time or priority over God. 

                ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 
Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. ~1 John 5:21 NIV 

Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. ~1 John 5:21 TLB 

John ends this letter by reminding us who the true God is and warning us not to let anything take God’s place in our heart. He cautions against entertaining any false ideas about God, which are at the root of all false religious systems. Recovery involves elimination of not only all wrong ideas about God, but also any material substitutes for Him and all controlling sins. Recovery means putting God back in His rightful place as the absolute Lord of our life. Someone has said, “only Jesus Christ is able to control a persons life without destroying it.” In a restored relationship with God, the submission of our life and will to His control is the way back to sanity. ~Life Recovery Bible