“For I know what I have planned for you,” says the Lord. “I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. When you call out to me and come to me in prayer, I will hear your prayers.” (Jeremiah 29:11-12 NET, Bold and Italics added for emphasis.)
Hey hey! It’s the first of the month! The first of May! Cannot believe how fast this year is already going and not to mention, my 21st birthday is only a month and a half away 🙂 Too excited right now!
Currently I am in the process of a 3 day fruits and veggies ONLY fast with intensive prayer, so if any of you have any prayer requests that you would like me to talk to God about, I would be more than happy to do so. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Prayer Request”.
So. What prompted me to write about this subject? Well, this is something that I suffer from and know of many people that suffer from it too. I wanted to take the time out to write about it a little bit to share my thoughts and scripture on this particular topic. Not only am I going to explain it, but I’m going to share some of the symptoms and how to cure yourself of idolatry. Now, mind you, this is no overnight process. Actually, our whole time on this earth is a learning process preparing us for what Heaven awaits us. No man or woman is perfect, some have sins that they struggle with daily and others that can easily break free from certain sins with no problems whatsoever. That’s okay. Doesn’t make one right OR wrong. Just makes us all equal in our own diverse ways.
Let us first take a look at some scriptures and definitions of idolatry.
Definition according to Wikepedia:
- Worship of idols.
- Extreme admiration, love, or reverence for something or someone: “idolatry of art”.
Now, let us take a look at what the Bible has to say about idolatry.
“You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. (Exodus 20:3-6 ESV, Bold and Italics added for emphasis.)
Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:4 ESV, Bold and Italics added for emphasis.)
The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven. And they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger. (Jeremiah 7:18 ESV, Bold and Italics added for emphasis.)
The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, (Revelation 9:20 ESV, Bold and Italics added for emphasis.)
“Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you survivors of the nations! They have no knowledge who carry about their wooden idols, and keep on praying to a god that cannot save. (Isaiah 45:20 ESV, Bold and Italics added for emphasis.)
And you shall not bring an abominable thing into your house and become devoted to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest and abhor it, for it is devoted to destruction. (Deuteronomy 7:26 ESV, Bold and Italics added for emphasis.)
Those are just a few out of the 200 verses found in the Bible relating to idols and idolatry. So we know that idolatry is a VERY serious sin. Sin in general is very serious and really should not be taken lightly at all.
We live in a world today where people condone sin, but reject righteousness. It’s hard to live in a world that is like that. Like the Lord says, the people of the Lord are few, because it is hard to walk to the straight and narrow path. So people would rather take the easy way out. Not me.
We have ALL been deceived by satan and the world. We think taking the easy way out because Jesus died on the cross for OUR sins will be okay. Let me be the one here to remind you that that is not the case at all my dear and wonderful brothers and sisters! If we are TRUE children of the Most High, we must live, speak, think, act like it! We must live in righteousness, allowing NO sin to take hold in our lives! God said it very plainly and clearly in this Bible verse:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. (Matthew 7:21 NASB, Bold and Italics added for emphasis.)
So you see, guys, tolerating sin in your life can and will get yourself destroyed. God does NOT like lukewarm Christians! You are either HOT for Him or COLD for Him! You can NOT serve two masters at one time! You can’t be married to the Lord while flirting with the devil! Meditate on THAT!
Idolatry is just MANY of the sins that God does not tolerate. He is a Holy and Perfect God who cannot surround Himself with sin. Nope.
Here are some symptoms of Idolatry. This is not an exhaustive list.
- Anxiety over losing a certain thing in your life.
- Acting as if you cannot live without a certain thing in your life. (ie: water, gas, electric, phones, car, house, money, people.. etc.)
- Not being happy when you can’t have that certain thing you want and allowing yourself to live miserably because of it.
- Expecting that thing or person to fulfill your every need; spiritual, physical and emotional.
- Not being happy when your needs are not met with that certain person or thing.
- Always expecting more from that thing or person and never being content with what you have. Always asking for more.
As always, this is NOT an exhaustive list and my words are NOT infallible. I ask that everyone who reads my blog posts, that they weigh everything I say against scripture. This is just an example of SOME symptoms that relate to idolatry.
So how do we break free from this awful sin?
First and foremost, you must confess and repent to God then realize that God is the only one that can fulfill your every need, wants and desires. No human being or material possession can do that. SEEK GOD FIRST, ALWAYS! Filling yourself with God’s Word daily can help keep you from going back to idolatry. Trust me, it has helped me in my life. We have all been guilty of this sin at one point in our life so we are ALL in need of God’s loving grace and mercy.
As long as you turn away from a sin, God will forgive you! But you must sincerely and wholeheartedly turn away from it! Will you be tempted to fall in to idolatry again? Yes. But God offers hope in the midst of temptations:
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 NASB, Bold and Italics added for emphasis.)
God is faithful and His Word will never return void to Him. All you have to do is believe it and receive it in Jesus’ Name!
Dear Loving Father,
I just want to ask you today to fill these wonderful people’s hearts with Your love, kindness and mercy. Show them the way out of sin and destruction. Release every chain and bondage Lord God, that may be holding them back from You, Lord God. I ask that you give them freedom from their sins so that they can experience your ever so wonderful presence Lord God in the midst of this transformation. Lord God, I just want to thank You for always being faithful to Your Word, Lord God, that Your promises remain true to us today and that it will not return void to You! We believe in Your Word, Lord God, and as it states in 1 Corinthians 10:13, You will provide a way out of temptation that EVERY man and woman may endure the temptations that come there way, Lord God. So I ask You today, Lord God, that You give every one the wisdom and discernment to find that doorway out of temptation so that they can flee from the burden of sin. Thank You Lord, for all that you do and all that You are. You are so wonderful and faithful.
In Jesus’ Mighty and Holy Name I Pray,
Amen and Amen!
God bless you all every one and remember God loves you and so do I! No sin is too great for our wonderful God, it is NEVER too late to turn to Him or back to Him!
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