Wednesday, April 10, 2013

False gods (Part 1)

"You shall have no other gods before me.You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
Exodus 20:4

It is amazing how this blog was started to talk about Praise and Worship Dance and Praise and Worship is still by all means the purpose of it; however if we truly want to Worship God in Spirit and in truth, If we really want to go deeper in Him, if we want to experience true Victory and Freedom there are just some things or even people that we cannot take with us. God desires pure Worship. Idols is a word that is used very lightly nowadays. We have shows named after it, we tell people they are our idols and even others have called us an idol. Let me share with you a general definition of an idol or a False god: Whatever you love more than God is your idol. Anything you put before God is an idol. Anything you worship other than the True and Living God is an idol.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23

Many would not admit that we worship a person, place or thing, however we must always do a heart check and our heart will tell us if someone or something is an idol. If something tugs on our heart more, if we “can’t live without” someone or something, or if we go to something more than we do Christ; more than likely an idol has been placed in our heart.

We were created to Worship; so everyone is bowing down to or Worshipping something/someone, even if it is themselves. And as the saying goes, “The proof is in the pudding”. We could be serving in ministry, we could be over many churches, in prestigious organizations, have the best relationships and our hearts be filled with idols.

This is not to condemn anyone, but it is to convict us to do better. Let me share a testimony with you about myself:

Last year (2012) was a year that the Lord revealed a TON of idols I had in my heart; people, success, work, relationships, etc. It’s not that these things in themselves are bad things, but a “good” thing can be used to turn our hearts from God and become an idol if we are not always in communion and intimate relationship with him Holy Spirit. One of the biggest for me was people and the Lord gave me this revelation not too long ago; “You have to be free from people to love them”. Basically if you are bound by what others think of you and you base your life on that; you will not be who God created you to be, you won’t be honest with them and you won’t allow yourself to be authentic because you’re so focused on pleasing everyone or making your life decisions based on what they are saying. This is an idol.

So, what has and IS STILL helping me remove the many idols out of my heart: pouring my heart out to Christ. The devil would love to distract us with business, sleepiness or foolishness however we gotta make time to pour our hearts out to the Lord. He is SO AMAZING and He wants to help us and free us and draw us closer to Him. He is not unforgiving or condemning God; He is a Loving Father and He is immeasurable! Whew, so this is our assignment for this week. Let us make it a point to sit at the feet of Jesus everyday this week(Praise Him- you can do this by singing, telling Him how great He is, dancing to a Praise or Worship Song, reading the Psalms aloud that lift Him up and Praise Him; Repenting- turning from our sins; Confession- asking for forgiveness for known and unknown sins); Reading and meditating on the word- This is an important one too, we gotta know His word about every situation. When the situation/problem arises search what scripture says about it and of course developing a prayer life with God) This is not a end all be all list, but it’s a good start!

Love you all and let’s get rid of those idols out of our heart!

*** Some Praise, Worship and Purity blogs are coming up shortly.

*** You are invited to the purity prayer call which is bi-weekly. We are celebrating our 1 year anniversary. Praise the name of Jesus! Breaking those chains!

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