Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them
I have had this topic in mind for quite some time. I started writing this post back in November but kept leaving and coming back, leaving and coming back….I just wasn’t sure how I wanted to approach this topic….but basically this is how it is:
Anything we put before the Lord is considered to be an idol.
The Lord is to be #1 in our lives and anything that takes that place is an idol and should be dealt with immediately. (it sounds harsh but it’s true!) And I don’t want you to think I’m not including myself in this post because I definitely am.
What am I idolizing more than God? Is it my phone? My laptop? My blog? Is it social media? Books? (even Christian books?)
Am I focusing more on how to attract viewers to my blog rather than the Lord? Because even though this blog talks of my faith, my struggles, ect….if all I care about is how many views I get, or how many comments I get, isn’t that making it an idol?
No matter what it is….if I’m focusing more on those things rather than the Lord….it. is. an. idol!
The Bible clearly tells us that idols are wrong. In fact, it’s one of the 10 Commandments!
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
Kyle Idleman has a book out called “gods at war: defeating the idols that battle for your heart.”
I highly recommend this book. It’s been awhile since I’ve read it but it might be time to pick it back up! Here’s a little synopsis:
In gods at war, Kyle Idleman, bestselling author of not a fan, helps every believer recognize there are false gods at war within each of us, and they battle for the place of glory and control in our lives. What keeps us from truly following Jesus is that our hearts are pursuing something or someone else. While these pursuits may not be the “graven images” of old, they are in fact modern day idols. Behind the sin you’re struggling with, the discouragement you’re dealing with, the lack of purpose you’re living with is a false god that is winning the war for your heart.
According to Idleman, idolatry isn’t an issue―it is the issue.
By asking insightful questions, Idleman reveals which false gods each of us are allowing on the throne of our lives. What do you sacrifice for? What makes you mad? What do you worry about? Whose applause do you long for? We’re all wired for worship, but we often end up valuing and honoring the idols of money, sex, food, romance, success and many others that keep us from the intimate relationship with God that we desire.
Using true, powerful and honest testimonies of those who have struggled in each area, gods at war illustrates a clear path away from the heartache of our 21st century idolatry back to the heart of God – enabling us to truly be completely committed followers of Jesus.