Monday, 24 October 2011

Idols - What are yours?

Let us not fool ourselves into believing that because we don't have little wooden, clay or metal religious icons, we don't have 'idols' in our lives!
The 'idols' in our lives are different today, but no less life-stealing and these 'idols' take our attention off God!


What are these idols?
  • For some of us its health and fitness,
  • maybe wealth and the pursuit thereof
  • For others it could be projects, hobbies, TV programs
  • Maybe things like sport, 
  • serving to the detriment of your family,
  • career ladder climbing,
  • Social media
All these are what steal our time from God.

The point is - if we are consistently or regularly giving up time with God and His word for 'these things' they are 'idols' in our lives.  If we are able to give these things up for time with God, we have power over them and not them over us.

Its about priorities, God first - then family, then church, then other stuff.  When we do things this way, somehow balance is achieved.  It is always a delicate balance, one to work on constantly - but seeking to do things God's way is always the best way to go.


My encouragement for you is don't let anything steal your time with God, don't let 'these things' get a foothold in your life.  Strive for balance - God's balance - in every area of your life!  I know its a daily challenge, but God's mercies are new every morning.

1 John 5 v 21:  Little children, keep yourselves from idols, Amen.

God bless
Tracy

Linking with Jen at Finding Heaven for:

and Joan at The beauty in His grip for:


19 comments:

  1. This is probably my biggest challenge. Blogging and scrapbooking - not bad things really but I need to be putting God and my time first.

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  2. What Stefanie said: blogging is not bad in itself but it can be a kind of idol. Thank you for your blog ... I will in my quiet time talk with God about this.

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  3. Hi Tracy,

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend! :)

    You are so right; we must make time with the Lord our number one priority. We have many choices in life, and those choices aren't necessarily bad as long as we are careful, because the "busyness" and simple pleasures of life may crowd out our time with the Lord.

    Blessings for this new week! :)
    Denise

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  4. Great reminder, Tracy. I once heard a message at church that said that even our greatest fear is an idol...since they sometimes override our trust in Him.

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  5. great post. Its kinda hard to hear (even though I've posted on it before lol) about all of the things that can be idols if we let them.

    ~Kelly

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  6. So true. Anything that is before God is an idol.

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  7. As I read your post, I began to pray for God to reveal to me my idols. Some, of course, are obvious, but some, like Eileen mentioned with fear, may not be...and yet just as effective in stealing my heart and my mind away from God.
    Thanks, Tracy. This is a good way to start my week.....with some soul inspection!

    ~Stacy

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  8. Hi Stefanie - there never seems to be enough time in the day. But if I put Jesus first, the rest pans out. I also need to be careful of my time here :)

    Hi Jedidja - me too. I'm going to ask the Lord what it is in my life that takes up too much of His time

    Hi Denise - I can be very good at being busy but if I don't spend time with the Lord, its usually frustrating - have an awesome week further too, precious friend

    Hi Eileen, I never thought of that but you are so right. I know my mind has been consumed with fears before. Great point to remember.

    Hi Kelly - I know, hate to face up to what steals my time, especially if I enjoy it

    Hi Jenifer - amen. Time for me to figure that out.

    Hi Stacy - great reaction, I too am going to ask the Lord what it is that I put before Him. Some stuff is obvious, but is there anything else? Great practical application.

    God bless ladies. You are all awesome and I appreciate you all
    Tracy

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  9. So true! Anything that we put before God can become an idol. When we put God first, then continue with the order you presented in your post, things fall nicely into place! Thanks for the great reminder - and, thank you so much for linking up today at The Beauty in His Grip!

    Blessings, Joan

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  10. Anything that becomes more important than God in our lives in an idol. But nothing is more important than God - nothing will fill us or love us like He does. That's why He commands us to seek Him first. Love this, Tracy!

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  11. This is something I've been thinking about lately... I have to confess: my phone and the computer. It's hard when you write... the lines get blurred when you write about God and how He's working in your life and spending time in the presence with God. I have to find that separation, but the encouraging part is that I wouldn't be able to write one word if not for His presence in my life! Great post... you always convict me :)

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  12. Excellent post, Tracy! Very good advice--advice that I need to heed.
    Blessings!
    Pam

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  13. Tracy,

    We just talked about idols last week in my Bible study, it opened it my eyes to completely new way of looking at what an idol was. my face grew flush with embarassment as I relized I had idols I didn't even know about.

    Blessings to you.

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  14. Tracy:

    You are right. I have to guard against idols. In short, an idol is anything in our lives that takes the place of God.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  15. This is good. Lately this has been on my mind a lot. I just hate to admit that there are things in my life that I put before God. I believe your post today is just God reminding me one more time to be more careful with what I do with my time.
    God bless you Tracy...Chelle

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  16. Hi Joan - Its a pleasure. Look forward to seeing your bloghop grow.

    Hi Lisa - amen, nothing is more important or relevant than God

    Hi Heidi - its so true that the lines get blurred. I also find I justify my time on my blog because its all about God. I have to constantly check my motives.

    Hi Pam - advice I need to heed too

    Hi Kandi - don't worry, I too have things I need to acknowledge that are uncomfortable. Its a good thing that we can recognise these things, its an even better thing when we do something about it.

    Hi Joan - you put it so well - guard against idols. Excellent

    Hi Chelle - amen, I love it when God speaks to us in these gentle ways and not upside the head, which He reserves for when we don't listen.

    Ladies, as always, you are a blessing and encouragement to me.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  17. Great post, Tracy. I have cut out so much social media from my day because it was so time consuming.
    I've been praying for your requests. Have a good week.
    Carrie

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  18. Great post! I recently gave up one of my blogs- one started as a ministry- because of how consumed I was by it. It's a hard thing to recognize when the good things in your life take away from the great things.

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  19. Hi Carrie - I hear you and thank you. Your requests are lifted up too

    Hi This mom's heart - great point, recognising when the good things take away from the great things. Thanks for visiting and commenting. I'll be over shortly to visit you

    Ladies, thank you for commenting. It means so much to me.
    God bless
    Tracy

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