I realized that we all have so many “idols” in our lives. Things we put ahead of the important issues because they make us “feel good” temporarily. Money, drugs, coffee, sex, alcohol, gambling, working, and the list can go on. Rarely do any of these temporary fixes bring us any long term goodness, rather they mostly bring much agony and strife. Obviously there is balance in all and there are some items we need to survive.
One of my idols is money. I hate it sometimes because it causes a reliance on IT rather than GOD who provides it to me anyway. I am not happy to admit this. But if I am going to bear all to be real, then I would have to say that I definitely have issues with the almighty dollar. This leads me to having another idol, my job. Again, I need to work so that we can eat… but I tend to put so much into it, it steals time from my relationships, GOD and I become a slave to it.
Sometimes I will look at someone who is an alcoholic and point my finger but truly any of us who have any type of over dependency (idols) deal with the same effects. Maybe at times, I think that my idols are ok because the world does not put a stigma around it but I know in my heart of hearts that it is as bad as drugs, cigarettes and any of them. WHY because it separates me from GOD. Not because GOD separates from me, mind you, I am forgiven….
With the dependency on these idols comes a loss of freedom. Now do not let that temporary “ahhhhhhhhhhhh” that comes with these things fool you. Because it wears off in the morning and you are left a slave to getting more. I admire those that are dealing with addictions. They understand the raw nature of being chained and a slave to their substance. It is that primitiveness that keeps them on a fine line between traveling with the evil one and GOD. I pray for each one that GOD wins that battle. It just takes a willing heart and a tiny bit of faith.
With all of this, I come to this…. WE ALL do it. So before you look down on anyone REMEMBER, you too fight with an idol or two or more. Keeping it real, and keeping it humble is hard but it sure brings along immense freedom.
Colssians 3:5-6 That is why you must kill everything in you that belongs only to earthly life: fornication, impurity, guilty passion, evil desires and especially greed, which is the same thing as worshipping a false god. All this sort of behavior makes God angry.
Ask JESUS to come into your heart and release you. GOD can take your temptation from you, if you CHOOSE to give it to HIM. Free yourself, it is your choice, it is my choice. I have to constantly give it to JESUS and sometimes, these are so sinister, they sneak back up on me and I have to repent and ask for JESUS to release me from its hold again.
And you know what???? We have a loving GOD who is waiting to love us. We just have to open our arms to him. I am not worthy of that kind of love, none of us really are. BUT JESUS loves us anyway. We were created for love, about love and because of love. LOVE WILL WIN!
Order your steps…. Pray pray pray…. And be FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!