How to avoid falling into idolatry.

Scripture:
Deuteronomy 13:4 “Follow the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and hear his voice: him you shall serve, and to him you shall cleave.” (DRA)

Observation:
Moses continued to instruct the Hebrews in the conduct of their daily lives, as it was to be observed in the Promised Land. He covered their worship and love for God and their service and love for fellow man. In the opening of this passage, Moses warned the people not to allow false prophets to live nor anyone who would entice them away from serving God and turn to idolatry, which had been expressly forbidden by YHWH. In the middle of this admonition and instruction, Moses told them to love God, fear God, obey God, hear God, serve God, and  trust God. These things would keep the people from falling into idolatry if they followed them.

Application:
Moses gave profound and sound instruction, as the Spirit of God led him. The specific instructions of loving, fearing, obeying, hearing, serving, and trusting God STILL apply to His people today. Theses instructions may have been contained within the canon of the Torah, but they STILL must be followed in the Age of Grace. You ask for proof; let us look at accompanying scripture from the NT including the words of Jesus. If we apply these principles to our lives, we won’t fall into sin and turn our hearts away from God either. They keep us from worshiping gods that are not God.

Loving God And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. – Mark 12:30 (NKJV)

Fearing God: And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him [God] who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.- Matt. 10:28(NKJV)

Obeying God: If you love Me, keep [obey] My commandments. – John 14:15 (NKJV)

Hearing God: He who is of God hears God’s words. – John 8:47 (NKJV)

Serving God: For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. –
Romans 14:18
(NKJV)

Trusting God: Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead. – 2 Corinthians 1:9 (NKJV)

Prayer:
Father, many say that we have no connection with the Law in this Age of Grace because that covenant has been fulfilled and expired, yet the apostles and Your Son quoted them continually. Granted the New Covenant had not been written until Jesus arose from the dead, but there is a foundation in the Law that supports the truth of the Old Covenant. I don’t seek to earn righteousness as derived from the Law because it can do nothing but bring death to me. Instead, I learn from the truths in the Law that demonstrate the proper attitude to have toward loving, fearing, obeying, hearing, serving, and trusting You. Again, today You show me that it is not about me and what I have done. It is about You and how I submit myself to You! Help me to apply this most important lesson to my daily walk with You in helping me to become more like You. I do these things out of love for You and that I would not turn from Your and follow after gods that are not God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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