These are the statutes and judgments which you shall be careful to observe in the land which the LORD God of your fathers is giving you to possess, all the days that you live on the earth. You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations which you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. And you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and burn their wooden images with fire; you shall cut down the carved images of their gods and destroy their names from that place. You shall not worship the LORD your God with such things. (verses 1-4) Take heed to yourself that you do not offer your burnt offerings in every place that you see; but in the place which the LORD chooses, in one of your tribes, there you shall offer your burnt offerings, and there you shall do all that I command you. (verses 13-14)
What is an idol?
something vital that grips our heart's affection. an excessive admiration, devotion, attachment to a person or thing that takes the place of God.
Recognizing the idols around you.
Appearance - Beauty - Achievement - Money - Credit Cards - Religion - Ministry - Marriage - Sex - Relationship - Children - Career - People - Possessions - Video Games - SHOPPING - TV - etc... you get the point!
Forsake the idols that bind you.
The idols in our lives cannot save us. The idols cannot satisfy. Only Jesus can save. Satisfaction is only found in Jesus. Take your eyes off of yourself and look unto God.
What are the idols in your life?
I encourage you to search your heart, take inventory... what have you found?
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.