Daily Devotional | “Do Not Turn Away After Useless Idols…”

1 Samuel 12:21
“Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless.”

Do you know what idolatry is, Idol worship if you will…? You’ll be surprised that most Christians don’t know what this is or claim to not put anything before God. Well let me enlighten you.

An Idol is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give. A counterfeit god is anything so central and essential to your life that, should you lose it, your life would feel hardly worth living. An idol has such a controlling position in your heart that you can spend most of your passion and energy, your emotional and financial resources on it without a second thought. It can be family and children, or career and making money, or achievement and critical acclaim, or social standing. It can be a romantic relationship, peer approval, competence and skill, secure and comfortable circumstances, your beauty or your brains, a great political or social cause, your morality and virtue, or even success in the Christian ministry. When your meaning in life is to fix someone else’s life, we may call it “codependency” but it is really idolatry. An idol is whatever you look at and say, in your heart of hearts, “If I have that, then I’ll feel my life has meaning, then I’ll know I have value, then I’ll feel significant and secure.

Does any of this sound familiar?

Idol worship has always been a transgression of God’s law. God stated, “Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am Jehovah your God” (Leviticus 19:4). God has always stated that he is far superior to anything that humankind builds with hands, for he says, “For in that day they shall cast away every man his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin” (Isaiah 31:7). There has always been a danger in the worshiping of idols.

While we do not see very many Christians today offering up sacrifices to Baal and Molech, there is still a modern danger in the realm of idolatry.  Many people long for visual forms to express religious concepts. There is a danger in elevating a created symbol to a place on par with Christ.

There is also a danger in elevating anything above our love for Jesus. In the New Testament we see that idolatry relates not only to worshiping carved images, but also it is the act of giving in to any human desire a precedence over God’s will.

1 Corinthians 10:14 says, “Wherefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.” Galatians 5:19-20 declares, “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality,impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions.”  This type of idolatry that we are to flee from includes more than just bowing to carved images, for Colossians 3:5 states, “Put to death therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” Thus, any human desire that holds precedence over God’s will, in a sense, is idolatry.  The reason why is because the worship of an individual has shifted from Holy worship to profane worship.

Every soul needs to be on guard against the danger of idolatry.  It creeps into every person’s life. Jesus said on the sermon on the Mount, “no man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24).

God wants our hearts, our whole heart. Proverbs 23:26 says, “My son, give me your heart, And let your eyes observe my ways.”

Scripture of the day:  “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. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,” ~ Exodus 20:4-5 

Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.

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About thelivingwordministries

The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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