Tuesday, March 11, 2008

this goes right along with my current bible study. =) Also, y'alls comments were cracking me up on the last few posts. I have some stuff to share but I have got to run and get ready for Morgan's preschool open house.

By Pastor Greg Laurie
Tuesday, March 11, 2008

No Other Gods

"Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry."
1 Corinthians 10:14

When God gave the Ten Commandments, He began by saying that we should have no other gods before Him.

Idols can be a lot of things. Essentially, an idol could be defined as anyone or anything that takes the place of God in our lives. An idol is any object, idea, philosophy, habit, occupation, sport, or thing that has one's primary concern and loyalty, or decreases one's trust and loyalty to God by any amount.

Alan Redpath defined idolatry this way: "Our god is the person we think is the most precious, for whom we would make the greatest sacrifice, who moves our hearts with the warmest love. He or it is the person who, if we lost him, would leave us desolate."

This definition really opens up the possibilities, doesn't it? A lot of things could qualify as idols in our lives. It is a true but terrifying fact that a person can attend church every Sunday and still practice idolatry.

Is there one thing in your life that, if God asked you for it, you would say, "Absolutely not"? Is there one thing that, if the Lord required it of you, you would say, "Anything but this"? If so, then that thing, that pursuit, or that passion may be an idol in your life.

Is there an idol in your heart today? Is there someone or something more precious to you than God Himself? Any person or pursuit that takes the place of God in your life will not satisfy. Let Him be your Lord. Let Him be your God. He will satisfy you.


StaceyStace said...

The only thing that matches the pain an idol can bring is the healing process of being delivered from it. A while back when I was in agony over my obsession with so many idols, I felt so overwhelmed. I finally realized that I was my biggest idol - I did whatever pleased ME. God showed me that the only way to get out of that was to give up ME and surrender to HIM! (still a daily thing) Thanks for sharing this.

btw, I forgot to mention that my husband is 11 years older than me and I'm perfectly happy with that! :-)

darla said...

OMG girl!!!! I love Greg Laurie!! He is my male version of Beth! hahaha I actually listened or watched him before I was a christian... He used to be on Day 7late at night..and talking the issues to me through my tv..hahaha I am pathetic, so glad Jesus love pathetic people!