Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Do not worship other gods

Steep steps at the Bee farm

beautiful garden wedding - fluffy sponge cake which I didn't get to eat. Had crepes of lettuce and tuna, yellow watermelon, green grapes, red grapes, tomatoes, salad and some pasta. They even had a candy bar for kids and Nic's favourite hash browns. Nic commented he loved the wedding because they served junk food..ha ha!

CCF gathering all over again. :)

Beautiful couple, beautiful surroundings, beautiful journey ahead in Christ! :)

Over the weekend, our family headed for Cameron Highlands to attend Lai and Agnes’ wedding on 5 July 2010. What a romantic garden wedding, every girl's dream come true! But other than the garden wedding, the bee farm, the tea plantation, the scratches from roses, the cold mountain, the mist, ice cream and the strawberry farm, the one thing that the kids brought home with them is “Do not worship other gods”.

It all started when we by-passed the road to Cameron Highlands via Simpang Pulai and passed several beautiful caves on our way to Ipoh! Ethan was enthralled by “the hole” in the mountain and stalactites. He also noticed that there was a temple built at every grand cave we saw. Ethan commented in the car “Oh no. Temple again?! Do not worship other gods”.

The bible says in:

Deuteronomy 5:7 “You shall have no other gods before me.”

and in

Deuteronomy 4:16-19
“…you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below. And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.”

and in

Deuteronomy 6:14
Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land.

When we arrived at Cameron Highlands we decided not to check in at the Century Pine Hotel first but to proceed instead to the bee farm at Brinchang. After we enjoyed the walk in the garden, the cool crisp air, beautiful flowers, tall sunflowers and honey juice, we started to make our way down to Tanah Rata at about 6pm. Then, we were caught in an hour jam for just a 6km stretch! How dreadful! The kids were screaming in the car (screaming contest), no toilet breaks and I was getting quite stressed out.

Then, I decided to pray in tongues and also in the understanding for God to part the traffic, to remove what is causing the jam, to let the cars move again. The car would move a bit and I would praise God and thank Him. We later passed a pasar malam and thought that is the reason for the jam.

The next day during the garden wedding, Yen shared that there was a religious procession that caught fire. When I related to my mum yesterday, she was puzzled how it could have caught fire. Interestingly, Henry commented that it could be because I was praying in tongues! I never thought of it that way but I know when we pray, we pray according to God’s will as the holy spirit guides us how to pray. So, there was battle in the heavenly realm - that he would send his fire down in his anger.

After Lai’s wedding, we went to a strawberry farm and the first thing that greeted Nic was an idol which Nic quickly ran to me and said “Mummy, do not worship other gods”. I said ”Yes, do not bow, do not pray, do not worship, just walk past, do not say anything. Go on.”

We are told instead in Deuteronomy 6:5 to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” and to obey Him so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your fathers, promised you.

Our God of heaven and earth loves us each and every one of us very much. He implores you through us who believe to return to him. But He is also a consuming fire and a jealous God and does not want to compete with other gods for our attention. Turn away from your idols friends and back to father God. Hear how much He detests other gods in the books of Deuteronomy and even Isaiah.

2 Corinthians 5:20
So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, "Come back to God!".

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