You Become What You Worship And Believe In

15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. 16 They have mouths, but cannot speak; they have eyes, but cannot see; 17 they have ears, but cannot hear; nor is there breath in their mouths. 18 Those who make them become like them, as do all who trust in them.

Psalm 135:15-18 BSB

The concept of an idol and why Satan uses it is because of what it does. An idol takes the place of God and rules the person’s life by directing him or her in a specific direction. It will take the individual into a path of deep darkness—away from the light—reaching a point that one can no longer comprehend what is true anymore.

In Scripture, an idol is called “a lie.” What a lie does, it turns everything upside down—like bad is good, good is bad, wrong is right, right is wrong, sin is righteous, righteous is sin, down is up, up is down, light is dark, dark is light, etc. Satan’s language is to speak in lies.

Psalm 135:18 says that you are what you believe and worship. If you trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and worship Him, who is life, it makes you alive and gives you light to see the truth. But, if you worship idols, which are dead and lifeless, you become like them—spiritually dead—walking in pure darkness. 

How about you, what do you believe? Do you assume that idols can hear your prayers and can give you what you have asked? If you do, you will base your life on a lie, and everything you do will be for the lie. Faith in Idols, in a false Jesus, a false gospel, and a false spirit—all of them will take you to hell. We have to believe in the right Jesus, as the Scriptures declare Him to be so, that we can know the truth— setting us free from the lie that leads to death.

(Luke 1:46-50) Mary Declares That Without God, She Can’t Get Saved

[Luke 1:46, BSB] “46 Then Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord,”

  • In verse 45, Elizabeth said to Mary that she is blessed because she believed in the Lord’s words to her that it will come to pass. Mary’s reply was to exalt the Lord for using her to bring about the fulfillment of His will.

The word “magnifies” means to declare someone great. Mary, from deep within her soul, acknowledged that the Lord is truly great because God has showered her with His favor. 

[Luke 1:47, BSB] “47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!”

  • Mary recognizes that God is her only Savior and without Him, there are no possibilities to have your sins forgiven. In Matthew 1:21, the angel tells Joseph that Mary is going to give birth to a Son who must be named Jesus because He will save His people, those who believe in Him, from their sins. Mary declares God her Savior and Jesus is declared the Savior of the world in the Book of Matthew. It is clear that in Matthew 1 and Luke 1, Jesus is identified as God.

A religious institution teaches that Mary was sinless and that she ascended into heaven like Christ. Not only is this unbiblical, but it is demonic and puts Mary as a goddess, making her followers into worshiping a false god. 

[Luke 1:48, BSB] “48 For He has looked with favor on the humble state of His servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed.”

  • God favors the humble because those are the ones who submit to His Word and do His will. Mary understands that the baby inside her womb will be very special, and since she was chosen to bring into the world the Messiah, the Savior of the world, she will be called blessed.

[Luke 1:49, BSB] “49 For the Mighty One has done great things for me. Holy is His name.”

  • Mary does not fully comprehend the significance of her Son’s purpose. The Son to be born will be the answer to the plague that is killing humanity, which is sin. This sin is sending countless of people to hell. Jesus is the answer to this problem.

[Luke 1:50, BSB] “50 His mercy extends to those who fear Him, from generation to generation.”

The word “fear” does not suggest a fear that one has for a dictator who is cruel and evil. But, it means to show respect and honor to the One [being Jesus Christ] who is in control of all things, and because of Him, you exist, having an opportunity to receive eternal life.

  • When a person wants to change his life of sin, through the conviction of the Holy Spirit and understands that he needs Jesus, that person fears the Lord by wanting to respect and honor God with his life. The fear of God keeps you from sin.

By loving devotion and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD one turns aside from evil.

-Proverbs 16:6, BSB

All Scriptures are taken from the Berean Study Bible version (BSB). Permission has been acquired.

(Luke 1:41-45) Elizabeth Felt Honored That The Lord Visited Her Through Mary

[Luke 1:41, BSB] “41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.”

  • The baby of Elizabeth leaping suggests that John felt the presence of Christ because the Holy Spirit was in John while in his mother’s womb (Luke 1:15).

[Luke 1:42, BSB] “42 In a loud voice she exclaimed, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!”

  • Through the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth understood and exclaimed that Mary is blessed as she carries the Savior of the world who is to be born, thus the phrase “blessed is the fruit of your womb!”

[Luke 1:43, BSB] “43 And why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”

  • Elizabeth feeling honored, it shows that she was humble in the presence of the Lord.

As believers, when Christ speaks to us, by way of the Scriptures or another believer, it is an honor to have the Creator of the world come to us.

[Luke 1:44, BSB] “44 For as soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.”

  • See verse 41.

True joy comes from the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us, it is not restrained by any adverse circumstance that we are going through. Even in the middle of our storm, Christ will help us, giving us peace and joy as our confidence rests in His power, not ours. Let us not forget, lest we get weary and veer off the path of righteousness.

[Luke 1:45, BSB] “45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord’s word to her will be fulfilled.”

  • The Scriptures declare that those who believe and trust in the Word of God will be blessed. God is a God who keeps all of His promises, and anyone who relies on them, will not be put to shame.

All Scriptures are taken from the Berean Study Bible version (BSB). Permission has been acquired.