Ouch <3

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I wanted to listen to the video for Session 2 in the No Other Gods study before I wrote today. 

It was so good, I took a ton of notes. 

And now it is so late and I have many things to do around this house, so I am going to share some of the highlights from today’s teaching and then I hope to discuss a little bit of application tomorrow. 

So here we go:

I think, like Kelly states, I always thought of idols as more an “over there in another world or religion” issue. 

So I really find the quotes she has found from other authors and teachers to be very helpful.

“An idol can be a physical object, a property, a person, an activity, a role, an institution, a hope, an image, an idea, a pleasure or a hero – anything that can substitute for God.” Richard Keyes

As Kelly points out, most of these are not bad things…they are good thing that become the ultimate thing and then they begin to rule our lives. 

I want to write the list again in bullet points, because I would like to have you focus on all the possibilities listed in that quote that may have replaced God in your heart:

  • a physical object
  • a property
  • a person
  • an activity
  • a role
  • an institution
  • a hope
  • an image
  • an idea
  • a pleasure
  • a hero

We are going to visit this tomorrow, or at least that is the plan at this point. 

But for today, I ask you to read slowly through that list a couple of times and let the Holy Spirit float some visual before you as to where you may have made something that is or isn’t a good thing into an ultimate thing….something that has gained so much weight in your life that it has taken over space that was meant for God alone to inhabit. 

Let’s think about it, pray about it and meet back here tomorrow <3

2 thoughts on “Ouch <3

  1. Good thoughts. I, too, used to think idols were little statues from faraway places. Then God taught me a really difficult lesson. The idols in my life, and there were some, are anything I put before Him. It’s different for each of us, but we all have them.

    1. We do – and I even wrote in my margin the last time I did this study “There is even the sense that those who are doing everything better than me don’t have idols” ha!

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