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Idols of Your Own Making

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Idols of Your Own Making

When Solomon dedicated the temple in Jerusalem he was filled with a sense of God’s unparalleled greatness and supremacy in the universe. “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and the earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and Yours it is to be exalted as Head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all.”[1]

That is what a true God looks like. He is large and in charge!

Perhaps Jesus was thinking of Solomon’s prayer when He taught His disciples to pray His model prayer. It ends with; “For Thine is the kingdom, Thine is the power, Thine is glory.” Everything BELONGS to God, everything is FROM God, and absolutely everything is moving TOWARDS God.

Someday the universe will come to an end, everything and everyone will bow before God and declare His Lordship and worshipfulness.

While we are living our life here, God doesn’t want us paranoid about our relationship with Him. He doesn’t want us to take a vow of poverty and throw everything out because money and things can become idols. God actually wants us to enjoy His blessings. 1 Timothy 6:17 says, God has richly given us ALL things richly to enjoy. Possessions, position and people are not the problem.

It’s entirely possible to have lots of money, a high position of power and influence, an adoring family and loyal friends and never make an idol out of anything or anyone.

Kyle Idleman, in his book, God’s at War said, “The problem is that the instant something takes the place of God, the moment it becomes an end in itself rather than something to lay at God’s throne, it becomes an idol.”

Every idol we have is an idol of our own making.

Whatever/whomever we put BEFORE God is an idol. We may not carve out a physical idol and bow down to it, but we do carve out our idols.

Some of the most common idols we make, idols that we hope to topple over the next few weeks in my blogs:

  • Sex or romance
  • Food
  • Entertainment
  • Success or money
  • Family
  • Self

 

This series inspired by Pastor Kyle Idleman’s book, God’s at War—Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart ©2013. 

Listen online to the complete message at http://www.lakeviewchurch.org/2016/05/15/gods-at-war-week-1/

[1] 1 Chronicles 29:11-12 AMP

 

 

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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