Keep yourselves from idols.
I John 5:21
Recently, a friend of mine asked me to look at houses with him. We began our search through the Internet to pick out the ones he wanted to see. Afterwards, he called a realtor in the area.
There was one property in particular that got our attention. As we viewed the house, we noticed there were pictures of different gods hanging in several of the rooms. Then when we toured the ground, we discovered two large wooden platforms with concrete idols on them. As I inquired of the Lord, he told me this was like the idols of old in Isaiah’s time. I knew this form of worship still existed but it was strange to see it in an area so close to me. Needless to say, if my friend chose this property, he would have to make sure all the idols were gone and the land was cleansed.
Most of us in the Christian world cannot really identify with statues and that kind of idol. So let’s go a little closer.
What is an idol? Idols are anything that distracts us from the one true God who is our identity and true source of supply. We are drawn to idols because they can foster our need to be loved and accepted . Then of course, we have them to help us in our time of need. (But do they?)
As I thought about this more, I asked the Lord for a deeper meaning. This is what he gave me.
I Deny Our Lord
access to my life.
What does it mean to deny?
· to refuse to agree with
· to withhold possession
· to refuse to recognize or acknowledge
· to withhold accessibility
In other words, when we deny the Lord, we are not allowing his influence to reign over a particular area of our life.
Now… most of us can name some of the biggie idols that we could have… our career, pride and ego, materialism, sports figures, TV personalities, children or even grandchildren. However, let’s dig a little different direction. How about…
· Negative attitudes and criticisms of others, the need to be right
· Offenses, bitterness, and unforgiveness
· Worry and guilt
· What others will think of me
Suddenly, idols may be closer to home then what we would like to admit. Idols are sneaky, if you are not vigilant. You give them an inch and they can take a mile. They start out innocently but slowly dig deep roots into our heart. Idols take away our sense of spiritual reasoning and choice. The thing about idols is, when you get in a pinch and really need the power to overcome, idols have no power to save you from whatever you are going through.
The devil comes to kill, steal and destory but I have come to give you life and that more abundantly.