Wednesday, July 29, 2015

5 idols you never seen coming

Because they all seemed so harmless.

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1. Your happiness. 

"Do what makes you happy." I'm sure you've never heard that before.

The world is obsessed with happiness. So much so that it has become an idol.

As followers of Christ we know that our joy is in the Lord. Having joy does not mean you're always doing what makes you happy. It means you are hopeful and grateful for the eternal gift that is Christ's redemptive blood.

Sometimes you will be happy, sometimes you will be sad.

Joy isn't contingent upon either.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
(Romans 15:13)

2.Your heart.
"Follow your heart."

Also sure you've never heard that.

If it moves you, it makes you, right? Wrong. Your heart can make some pretty naive decisions. Your heart can lead you down some super sketchy paths. 

Your heart is in jeopardy of becoming an idol because it seems like God would want everything you want. But the truth is, some of the things we want, aren't best for us. Our hearts can misguide us, God can't.

The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
[Jeremiah 17:9]

3. Your comfort.

Feeling comfortable becomes an idol when it gets in the way of your growth.

You know those days when you just...can't.

Those days are cool until they become habitual. Learning and growing take effort. When you're comfortable you are in jeopardy of becoming lazy.

This Christian walk is a lot of things, but it's usually not comfortable.

4. Your identity.

We all want to contribute something. To be known for something.

But as we grow, our interests also evolve. Some things that used to interest you may make you cringe at the mere thought of your former fascination.

You may feel like you have no idea who you really are and that's totally fine.

Securing an identity in Christ assures us that the only standard we ever have to live up to, is His.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
[2 Corinthians 5:17]

5. Your relationships
Relationships with other people are vital to our walk. Living in isolation can be very dangerous.

However relationships with people, even our spouse, don't compare to our relationship with God.

Reading a book about marriage is all in vain if you've abandoned God to focus on your relationship. God wants to be the center of every decision you make. He wants to guide you and lead you because after all, you are His creation.

You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the people who are all around you (for the Lord your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the Lord your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.
[Deuteronomy 6:14-15]

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