WHAT IS YOUR IDOL
by denise watson-smith
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My God, tonight I was sitting here, listening to God as I was speaking to someone else, and God showed me something. He showed me a part of myself that I was not trying to deal with. You know when you ask God to clean you up, and to show you what is in you that is not like Him, be prepared, because He will show you. What happened was I found that someone had lied on me, because she was so consumed with hurting someone else, so she used me to hurt her. I never knew about the lie, but it all came out today, and all that I could feel was hurt, anger and betrayal. I was being falsely accused of doing something that I had not done. But then I heard God speaking to me, I had falsely accused someone of doing something as well. I had found out something about someone close to me that hurt, and so I accused them of doing more than what they were telling me, grilling them for the truth (or what I thought was the truth). I was so consumed with finding out; that I had began to look for ways to prove that they were lying to me. Then God showed me tonight that just like this lady falsely accused me, I was accusing someone also. Just like she is consumed with hurting this young lady, I was consumed also. Then God showed me the anger, the betrayal, the hurt that the person I was distrusting of was feeling, because I was feeling that exact same thing. We can often find ourselves so consumed with something or someone that we can not see God at all. I had people telling me that I was so consumed with this, but it was not until tonight, when I was speaking with the young lady about what happened to her on last night, that I could see the consumption within myself. We get so wrapped up in someone else that they began to be more important than God to us, they began to be idols. Whether it be good or bad about the person or thing you are obsessing about, you are still making that thing or person an idol, because now, that is all that is driving you. Anything that we put in front of God becomes and idol. In I John chapter 5, verse 21, it reads, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” In the amplified bible, it reads as this, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols (false gods)--[from anything and everything that would occupy the place in your heart due to God, from any sort of substitute for Him that would take first place in your life]. Amen (so let it be).” When we are so consumed with people that we can not listen to reason, they become idols. When we think more of someone else, whether it be in a loving way or not, than we think about God, our creator, then that person becomes an idol. God tells us to put nothing before Him. It is God who gives us life; it is God who provides for us, it is God who gives us our children, our parents, and our spouses. When we start to idolize people, we began to hurt them. We place them on a pedestal that they are not prepared to be on. We tell them that they are more than God to us. They become a graven image in our lives, sitting upon that pedestal that we have put them on.
I began thinking about the 10 Commandments, and the first two really stuck out to me through this. I looked at The Message translation, and this is what it reads, “No other gods, only me. No carved gods of any size, shape, or form of anything whatever, whether of things that fly or walk or swim. Don't bow down to them and don't serve them because I am GOD your God, and I'm a most jealous God, punishing the children for any sins their parents pass on to them to the third, and yes, even to the fourth generation of those who hate me. But I'm unswervingly loyal to the thousands who love me and keep my commandments.” When we are so consumed with an individual, an object, a job, we make those things gods. The very first thing that we should think of in the morning is God; the last thing we need to think about at the end of the day is God. Throughout the course of the day, we need to keep our focus on God. When we take our eyes off God, that is when we begin to sink. Take Peter for instance, he said to Jesus, “Lord if be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. Jesus told Peter to come. As long as Peter had his eyes on Jesus, he was fine, but the minute that the wind blew, he became afraid, took his eyes off Jesus, and began to sink.” We can not be so consumed by the situation or the storm, that we remove our eyes off the Lord. We have to stop looking at people and began looking at God. We have to stop idolizing people, places and things and began to worship God. We began to idolize food so much, that before you know it, you are overweight. We begin to idolize things so much that we become broke from shopping. We begin to idolize people so much that we began to spend every waking minute thinking of them and then praying that we dream about them during the night. God tells us that He is a jealous God, and that He will not tolerate us putting other stuff before Him. If we keep our eyes on Jesus, everything will work out according to His will and His purpose in your life. It is not about what we want; it is about what God wants for us. I really wanted to go somewhere else with this about bearing false witness, but God has carried me elsewhere with this by letting us know how we begin to make idols out of things. It should be first things first, and the first thing should be God. We know that He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He should be our beginning and our ending. But He should also be our everything in between. Whatever you have made an idol in your lives, repent, ask God to forgive you. Whether it be your husband or wife, your children, food, alcohol, smoking, that car that you treasure, boyfriend or girlfriend, whatever it may be, ask God to forgive you for putting them before Him. Stop worshiping the idols in your lives and start worshiping God. I thank God that He showed me myself tonight, and now the healing and the deliverance can begin. Can’t no idol do you like Jesus, because He is your friend.
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Denise, This is a well written article and ever so true. We can't allow ANYONE nor ANYTHING to come before God in our lives. This article is a great reminder, thanks for posting this. Bessie