MOVE AWAY FROM THE GODS OF THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER
Joshua 24:14-15 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
The above words were spoken by Joshua after God reminded the Israelites how He delivered them from the clutches of the false gods. Now that they were delivered, Joshua urged them to tune out the voices of other gods and be exclusively dedicated to God. A human spirit is a worshiping spirit. Joshua knew that if the Israelites’ hearts were not fully dedicated to God, they would default to the worship of other things. When you receive Jesus, the Lord delivers you from the bondage of the worship of false gods. However, staying in God is not automatic. One has to keep the fire burning by reading the Bible, praying, and regularly meeting with other saints. If this does not happen, the attention that should be given to God will be diverted to the false gods that a person was delivered from.
Some people struggle to pray and to read the Bible when they do not go to church. This means that they dried up during the lockdown and stopped worshiping God. The devil, who has always competed for God’s place in man’s heart, seized this opportunity to reintroduce Christians to the gods who once bound them, the gods of their forefathers. This, of course, was not done in an obvious manner. The devil is an evil genius. He first scattered the saints in the name of coronavirus and made sure that they stayed in their homes long enough to be weaned off the ways of their God. He knows that the majority only burn for Jesus when they are in church.
He then taught people that it was dangerous to go to church. It is easy to believe the voice of the devil when you have tuned out the voice of the true God. Now people are afraid to go to church. Have you ever wondered why everyone is encouraging Christians to pray from home with their families? It is because the devil has taught them to embrace the practices of idol worship. Remember what those who worship ancestors and other idols do? They perform rituals at home with their families. They go to their secret altars, which are only known to the family, and talk to their gods there. They do their things in isolation from other idolaters who are not part of their family.
So when those who are not Christians claim that they are able to worship at home, they are right. They do worship from home, but not to the God of the Bible. They worship the gods of the other side of the river, the gods of their forefathers. Even though they have a right to promote the things of their gods, what is disturbing is hearing Christians singing the same tune as them. Most Christians are now encouraging worship from home as if they do not know their God. When you go through the Scriptures, you will realize that the Lord is a God of fellowship; He unites people with His Spirit. Did He say that in certain times we can copy the ways of other gods and worship Him in our houses with our families? No, He did not! Instead His Word commands us to assemble together in Hebrews 10:25.
Since Christianity started, Saints all over the world have been fighting for the right to worship together. Even in countries where Christianity is banned, they meet secretly knowing that they can get killed at any time. Even though we are a free country, South Africans are giving away their right to worship, something that others are longing for. What has happened to us? When you mention church, the spirits of their forefathers manifest and remind them that their altars are at home. This is when you will hear them label church a death trap and lambast servants of God who encourage fellowship.
Far be it from you, child of God. When the Lord has delivered you from the bondages of other gods, you cannot take yourself back. You know how those spirits used to torment you. Do not allow yourself to go against the ways of God while bearing the name of Christ. Being in the middle is an automatic default to the gods of the forefathers. The devil knows that, hence he is making people believe that it is okay to be in church and yet do the things of other gods. On the other hand, there are those who have blatantly rejected God and referred to Him as the God of the white man. They have expressed that they do not want Jesus because they have their own African gods. The funny part is that they obey the laws of a country, which are derived from the Bible, but reject the Bible because it is about Jesus. If they can obey the laws of a country, why can’t they obey God? This just proves that they just being rebellious.
We cannot just keep quiet while Christianity is trampled upon like this children of God. Who is going to stand for your faith if you do not? Other people are advancing their forefather’s things. Right now we need true Christians who are going to stand firm. We need those who will refuse to be introduced to the ways of their forefather’s gods. Let them perform rituals for their gods in secret. As for Me and the family of Christians, we shall serve the Lord the way He has prescribed in the Bible. We are rejecting the gods that were served by our families before we repented. We have met the true God, the God of all nations, and we are going to serve Him forever.