Season 1. Episode 3. My Family Comes First - February 2020

Season 1. Episode 3. My Family Comes First - February 2020



Episode Summary: In today's episode Wendy Choi Williams is so madly in love with her husband, and her home life, that it has become an idol in her life. We will see how Wendy's decision to idolize her comfortable life, impacts those around her.

This episode will premiere Thursday, February 27th, 2020 at 8:00pm ET/PT!
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Why is idolatry so dangerous?
  • Satan created it: There is a curse tied to the sin of idolatry!
  • It hinders us from serving in the kingdom purpose: In Matthew 6:24 Jesus tells us "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."
Purpose of Church
  • When we understand the purpose of attending church, then I believe it will help us walk in that purpose. Ephesians 4:11-16 lets us know the purpose of attending church is to be equipped by the five-fold leadership for service (service is defined as the action of helping or doing work for someone), as well as becoming mature in our faith, so that we can attain the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
  • In Ephesians 4:11-16 Paul tells the church in Ephesus that Jesus Christ split his leadership gifts in five, and gave the church the Apostle, the Prophet, the Evangelist, the Shepherd ( Pastor), and the Teacher to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
  • Since God loves us so so so much, and when we repent he will always forgive us and remove the spiritual consequences of our sin which is death, we often think that he will not allow the natural consequences of our sin to remain, in order to prune us, teach us, and grow us. Spiritual maturity is for our benefit and remaining spiritually immature when God expects us to gradually mature is a sin, and will only hurt us in the long-run both individually and collectively, instead of help us. Watch the video titled: Reaping What We Sow: The Promises of God.
Recommended Verses:
  • Isaiah 44:9-20 All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame. Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit nothing?  People who do that will be put to shame; such craftsmen are only human beings. Let them all come together and take their stand; they will be brought down to terror and shame. The blacksmith takes a tool and works with it in the coals; he shapes an idol with hammers, he forges it with the might of his arm. He gets hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint. The carpenter measures with a line and makes an outline with a marker; he roughs it out with chisels and marks it with compasses. He shapes it in human form, human form in all its glory, that it may dwell in a shrine. He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak. He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow. It is used as fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it. Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says, “Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.” From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, “Save me! You are my god!” They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand. No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, “Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?” Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”
  • Luke 16:19-31 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
The cure for idolatry:
Jesus Christ is the only cure to sin. If you've sinned, you should repent first, and then ask God for mercy and grace second. Afterwards, follow these concessions:
  • Contentment: Hebrews 13:4 -6 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
  • Contentment: Philippians 4:11-13 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
  • Contentment: 1 Timothy 6:3-8 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
  • Purity of heart: Matthew 5:8, Matthew 5:28 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
  • Guarding our heart in the word: Psalm 119:9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.

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