Idols in Our Hearts
I find it interesting that the first two of the Ten Commandments deal with the issue of other gods. The first commandment says, "You shall have no other gods before Me" (Exodus 20:3), while the second commandment says, "You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in Heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God" (verse 4).
Idols in our hearts can cause God to refuse to listen to our prayers. An idol is anything (or anyone) that takes the place of God in our lives. Clearly it can be a sinful thing. But it also can be a seemingly good thing. For example, we can make an idol out of a career. There is nothing wrong with a career, but if it is more important than God, then it has become an idol. We can make an idol out of a relationship or out of a husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend. If they are more important than God, then they have become idols. We can make an idol out of money. We can make an idol out of a possession. We can make an idol out of just about anything. And if we have idols in our hearts, then God will not hear us.
God said to the prophet Ezekiel, "Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put before them that which causes them to stumble into iniquity. Should I let Myself be inquired of at all by them?" (Ezekiel 14:3).
We cannot have another god before the true and living God. Idols can hinder our prayers.
Let’s introduce our friends, family, and neighbors to the true and living God. Let’s tell them the Good News that there is freedom from idols, and that it’s is found in Jesus Christ. I’ll be proclaiming the gospel message on March 6 at AT&T Stadium in Texas, and it will be simulcast to thousands of locations nationwide. Find a location near you, and then invite someone!
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