CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

April 14, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Pride #2: Making Our Own Idols

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

PRIDE #1: MAKING OUR OWN IDOLS

MONTE W. Holland

INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE.

THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

PRIDE #1

MAKING OUR OWN IDOLS

SCRIPTURE : 3 “You shall have no other gods before me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. (Exodus 20:3-6 (NIV))

17 Everyone who worships idols as though they were gods will be terribly ashamed. (Isaiah 42:17 (CEV))

DEVOTION:  Today for the first time we look at the sin that may be the most troublesome and all-encompassing of the seven deadly sins: pride.

     Pride saturates our lives in so many ways. The Christian strives to replace pride with humility.  God knows full well that we are driven toward pride. God knows that we want to be in charge. We want to make our own gods—if we create them, we (more…)

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