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June 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

Removing Idols from Our Hearts


 

God often gets out attention through adversity!  Through these experiences one can learn much about his own heart, faith, and, most importantly, God!  What I have learned over and over again is that he is Faithful and true to His promises!  

Adversity can reveal idols that we may have in our hearts! (Idols are anything, person, or desire that has taken God’s place in our hearts).  More often than not, these idols are unconscious even to us but clearly known to the All-Knowing God! Since He is a “jealous God” who knows no rival and demands and deserves our allegiance, He will point out and challenge these “other gods” in our hearts! 

The process of removing the idols from our hearts can be painful, because very often we have depended on these idols for our sense of well-being.  So, when it appears that we may lose them or have to put them in a different place in our hearts, we can become anxious or fearful!  We then must learn to trust God to provide what we had been relying on idols to provide!  Trusting and obeying God is absolutely necessary!

Sometimes, if we are not careful, as the process begins we may find ourselves tempted to take some actions to keep the idols rather than trusting in God.  Often, God will say to us “Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10).  “Be still”---let your hands hang down; keep your hands out of it; stop wringing your hands; stop throwing your hands up in exasperation”!  “Be Still and know that I AM GOD”! 

Trusting and obeying leads eventually to the discovery that God is faithful, loving, kind, all-wise, all-loving, and powerful!  This is not simply intellectual assent or knowledge; we come to know this in our hearts, as God proves once again that He is God and that He is with us and for us! Thanks be to God who gives us the victory!

 

 

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