Who Or What Is Your Idol?

This subject about having idols has been on my mind recently. Mostly because I don’t want to have any myself, but the Holy Spirit has pointed out some things to me. I was reading somewhere and I think it’s in Lisa Bevere’s new book coming out Without Rival, that an idol is anything you draw strength from other than God. Usually I heard idols described as whatever is in your heart before God. That definition isn’t as understandable as the first. When I read that definition it clicked for me because I actually had the thought recently that playing a game on face book gave me strength to then go and do my work. It serves as an “escape” for a little bit and you think your getting strength from that. So I realized that playing games is an idol.

I was drawn to a ride at Disney World recently called The Carousel of Progress. I rode it when I was small and always remembered it. I watched it on youtube and in doing that I was drawn to read about Walt Disney. I have heard that Disney is evil. The channel, the movies, the park. Walt Disney was abused as a child by his father and as an ‘”escape” he drew pictures. Then as he grew up his pictures came to life and then he made the theme parks. Snow White was the first motion picture. His “escapism” took over his life!

God never intended for us to “escape”life. The evil one, satan, is the one in control of this. For a long time I guess I have wanted an escape. First it was soap operas, magazines, T.V. shows, and now in this age GAMES! I feel church overlooks this addiction. Out of all the addictions this one is left out for some reason. I believe satan has us so deceived that the church doesn’t even see this as a problem. Games can be very addicting. I know because I have had the problem. They let you escape reality a little bit, they “work” your brain, they make you feel like you accomplished something when really you haven’t, they make you feel like somebody because you beat something or gained a level. All this is what the devil uses to distract us from God’s work that we should be doing in our life. Not only that but when you finally have to come back to reality, your out of sorts and you can’t remember what you really have to do.

Our strength comes from the Lord! Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Our “escape” should be in Christ! Our need is for Him anyway. When we start to feel overwhelmed Jesus said come to Me all who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest. Anxiety included! When anxious feelings come, begin thanking Jesus for all His graces and sing praises to God! We have to remember God’s grace past to receive God’s grace future! He wants us to boast in Him! Glorify Him! Tell people what He has done! I know from experience that talking about what God is doing in my life to my mom gives me strength. When you talk about the Lord, He is there. I read in my Bible about this. Malachi 3:16, Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name.

I believe we are so blinded that we forget God is present everywhere, every moment. He knows everything! This fight to remember God is with me, has been my focus lately. I was taking the trash out the other day and it came to me that I have to have confidence that He is walking beside me. Then I realized confidence is really faith. So I thought of the scripture about faith. Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Our faith should be in God. Idols are misplaced faith. 

I have also learned that “seeing” God is with my heart. I think we resort to “things” to fill us up because they are tangible. Something we can experience with our five senses, but we do have a spiritual side that connects us with God if we can just access it. It says in the Bible we can only worship God with spirit and truth. With our spirit and His truth. We have to learn to replace these “things” with God’s presence. Being in His presence will give you more energy and strength than you know what to do with! How I do this is through singing my favorite songs to Him, reading the Bible, studying scripture, writing, loving my family, doing what I know God has for me to do. Not only will you get your work done but you will have peace! Nothing compares to having peace! Then your able to have a sound mind and make right decisions. This is God’s will for you.

Who Needs A Physician?

Jesus said in Luke 5:31 that it is not the healthy who are in need of a physician but those who are sick. He is saying He came for the ones who know they need Him.  When we realize and become aware that we are “sick” [our sinful state], then we see that we are in need of a savior. Until we grasp this truth, we will keep living a lie. The lies of Satan will prevail and when we come to the end of it, our lives will be all for naught. We are born under the curse, a spiritual sickness. Satan wants us to believe there is nothing wrong with us, we can handle it, we got this under control. But in reality if God isn’t in control we are headed down the wrong path and that’s the path of sin. Doing things our own way, which is sin, leads to death. It may not be physical death at first but it will be a death of something in our life.

The path to salvation, the healing of Jesus’ blood is only the beginning. Once we receive Jesus as savior, we then have to make Him Lord. He heals our sinful state by giving us His sinless state.  God doesn’t see us as sinners anymore, but He  allows us to have weaknesses. As Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians 12:7-10  or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  We may think once we are saved our life will be easy, but Jesus specifically said we will have trouble but to be happy because he has overcome the world! Our weakness is what God uses to keep us dependent on Him. Without it we could get prideful and slip into thinking highly of ourselves and that we are in control of our life. This thinking causes us to forget God. If we can’t see God working in our lives we will think it’s all our own doing.  If we are made to stay aware of our weakness, we keep looking for God’s strength. He said that His strength is made known and perfect in our weakness. So, we need God continually! Bless our weaknesses because that’s what keeps us connected to God! Our weakness and God’s power infuse together to make our connection. This produces the joy of the Lord which gives us strength. The joy of knowing we are living in God’s will, the joy of knowing His presence is with us, the joy of knowing” He’s got this” and the joy of knowing that when we die one day, Jesus will be there, and not only to take us to heaven but to also tell us we lived a life with meaning and purpose. When we choose God’s way, Jesus,to follow Him, we can’t go wrong.