Anything that we turn to, to fulfill us, to satisfy our longings, to heal out brokenness, to redeem our depravity, will ultimately become our god. You take a person who was born and raised in poverty and they broke out, usually they point to their wealth or intellect as their deliverer. You take a wealthy person who was raised knowing they could have anything they wanted in the world, they turn to pleasure and addictions to deliver them from the hollowness of possessions and position.
At the core of it all, whether rich or poor, whether privileged or disadvantaged, whatever we turn to apart from God will lead us down the wrong path; it will bring us to disappointment and disillusionment.
An idol is anything or anyone you place before God.
What is your IT? What is the thing that delivered you from the hollowness of your childhood or the brokenness of your adult life?
If the answer is not God Himself, then the thing you are counting on to bring you true peace and fulfillment will ultimately let you down. This world does not and cannot satisfy. The god of this world is in constant competition with the true and living God. The question is, who will sit on the throne of our heart, God or the god who is this world?
The competition between those two gods is severe. That’s what James meant when he wrote, “Unfaithful people! Don’t you know that to be the world’s friend means to be God’s enemy? People who want to be the world’s friends make themselves God’s enemies. Don’t think that there is no truth in the scripture that says, “The spirit that God placed in us is filled with fierce desires.”
There’s a ‘fierce desire’ within us put there by the Holy Spirit to serve God. When we bow down to the god of this world it leaves us empty.
Listen to the complete message here.
 James 4:4-5 GNB