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What is your idol?

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Loyal
Many times when we think of false Gods and idols, we conjure up in our minds a little vision of a wooden
statues, or a stone image, or maybe even a small metal figure.

But an idol can be anything. Anything you worship more than God is an idol.

I know I should probably give a little money to the church this year, but I can't afford it. I just spent
$10,000 on season tickets and most of the games are on Sunday, so I won't really have time to go to church.

I know I should spend more time in prayer with God, but I've just been so busy with the kids/grandkids
that I just don't have time to pray.

I know I should spend more time reading the Bible, but I just bought this new German sports car and I
spent the last two days washing, waxing and polishing it. I'll read the Bible someday, but tomorrow I
need to get it out and go for a drive.

I know I shouldn't be living with this girl/guy but they make me so happy, they're just so wonderful.
I know what the Bible says about it, but I really really have time for that stuff right now.

I know I've been missing a lot of church lately, and I haven't been to Bible study in weeks, but hey, my son's
team is doing really well, and they're in the play-offs, not only that, right after this sports season ends, soccer starts.

There is of course nothing wrong with spending time with your kids and grandkids.
There is nothing wrong with having a nice car. There really is nothing wrong with following
a certain sports team.

But sometimes there gets to be a point where these things become more important than our relationship
with God. We don't spend time in prayer, or reading His word, or going to church because other things
have gotten more important.

Is God going to strike me down because I miss a Sunday or two - no probably not.
But where is your heart if you've missed the last 17 Sundays?

An idol can be anything. A person, a car, a place, a sport, money, a job, family, your husband/wife
girlfriend/boyfriend, a movie star, a hobby, a band, a sports celebrity, a boat, hunting, fishing....

Again, there is nothing wrong with having/doing these things... but when they start to take up so much
of our lives that we don't have time for God... they are an idol.

Exod 20:3; "You shall have no other gods before Me.
Exod 20:4; "You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
Exod 20:5; "You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,

Being a Christian... isn't really something you can do a few days a year. It's a lifestyle.
Who is your God?
 
Loyal
I here my favorite preachers all say the same thing, you want to see where someones heart is look at there checkbook. Seems fitting for this thread.

One of my favorite preacher is Randy Alcorn, and he gives away 100% of his book royalties last checked it was about 10 million, he gives it to promote the Kingdom of God!! his lifestyle which is modest, is a true reflection of what is in his heart. IMO He could easily being living a lavish lifestyle, yet he knows the dangers that come with that, people get proud, they forget about God

I look back when I raced dirt bikes and they took all my money, all my thoughts, and all my time, I think with out realizing it, I had a idol at the time.

If you are pre occupied with so many material things it hard to believe they are not idols. If you have fleet of Jets fancy cars and 18000 sq ft home how is that not a idol? I do not know but it seems we are warned about this type of life style many times in the bible and the final destruction of one self it brings
 
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