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for a Season Studies
we look at the verses for this study let’s consider the following
is idolatry and does it exist today in our society?
form does idolatry take today?
does Scripture reveal about the impact of idolatry on our relationship
does God’s Word specifically say about idolatry?
we consider idolatry, our initial definition may be the worship of carved
images made with hands. Let’s
examine this idea from Scripture. I
want you to look beyond the stories of the idols to the heart and attitude
of the people. Look at their
motivation and where they were in their relationship with God.
They all believed in God, but what did they not believe about Him?
Why were the idols so
important to them? What emotions or beliefs drove them to idols?
Kings 11:42-1 Kings 13
think the reason God tried to protect Israel from the nations was because
to live in the land with the idol element was to desensitize them to its
evil. It began to invade the culture as one and Israel was no
longer salt and light. We are
caught up in the practices of our culture’s idols in the same way.
do we discern idolatry today? Is
idolatry identified by carved images, or behavior, or what we covet?
12) We can be found guilty of sin against Christ if we indulge with the
idol worshiper even though our heart knowledge is true and undefiled. We
actually encourage him to indulge with our blessing.
The practice of idolatry is to put our trust or source of
contentment in anything outside of Christ – we must examine our hearts
to find where our treasure is resting because we will worship what is the
treasure of our heart and act out of it.
Chronicles 29-32 (reign of Hezekiah)
we will look closely at 2 Chronicles 29:1-16
3 – Doors of the house of
of the Lord (temple)
Corinthians 6:19-20/ We are the temple of Christ
of the temple are the heart
will or heart of man determines his actions.
Actions are the result of what is in the heart/will.
4 – Brought in
are the priests of our temple.
5 – Sanctify yourselves so
you can carry the filthiness (idols) out of the temple.
– To set apart;
– To fill or be full
It is Christ that we are to be
full of and it is His work to cleanse us and prepare our hearts; it is His
daily sanctification process that sets us apart and makes us holy.
15 – By the words of the
Lord they came to cleanse the house of the Lord.
139:23-24/ We must determine what we are looking for!
The priests were looking for idols and tools of their practice.
16 – The priests went to the
inner part of the house to cleanse it.
Our struggle begins here!
let’s compare the parallel meanings of this passage with our own life
experience. How can we
examine our own hearts before the Lord and allow Him to begin cleansing our
temple as defined in 1 Corinthians 6:19?
We will look at this struggle as Paul defined it and discover how
to claim victory through Christ as we honestly and humbly identify and
surrender our idols to Him.
examination will be a three-part process:
order to expose the idols in our own hearts we must go to the Lord with a
willing and honest heart attitude. Begin
by sitting down with paper and pencil and reading over Psalms 139:23-24. Ask the Lord to begin to reveal to you all that He sees in
your heart that is outside of your trust in Him and ask Him to reveal to
you anything He sees that gives you emotional peace and reassurance
outside of Him. Write down
everything that comes to mind. You
might need to do this in more than one session – be honest and open
before the Lord. You may be
embarrassed and humbled by your list and Satan will mock you and accuse
you in every step of this process.
you have established a list, the next step is to pray and meditate on God
showing you why each one of the idols you have listed is important to you.
In other words, what need are they being substituted to satisfy?
What does the idol represent?
It is not the substance of the idol itself that becomes important
but rather what it represents that must be uncovered.
This element may be a little harder to identify but remember that
God is in your presence. Listen
to Him. Write down what comes to mind.
The idols might represent self worth, companionship, etc.
Prayerfully try to get to the core of each one.
third step in this process is to begin to think how you can substitute
Christ in the place of every idol you have listed.
You have already identified what it is that the idol represents now
you must ask yourself how Christ can satisfy this need in you instead.
Try to think what steps you can take to turn to Him with this need
and replace your established habit. Writing
down a plan is a good way to start.
must realize that Satan is using our idols to gain our worship!
We would never deliberately as believers worship Satan – but he
can be unexposed in the image of our idols.
Satan desires not our eternal soul, but our eternal worship of him
– this desire was exposed when he tried to take the seat of God in the
the end Satan will bow his knee to the worship of God
is a jealous God for our worship of Him!
He just wants us to adore Him the way He adores us.
says that our flesh resists the desire of our spirit.
This struggle is won through Christ.
Reread Ezekiel 36. Claim
the precious promise of the Lord to sprinkle clean water on our heart and
remove the idols from it. Removal
of our desire for the idols of our heart is the work of Christ as we give
Him permission. I have
personally found that the only way to do this is to commit that you will
do it for Christ. Every time the temptation comes to mind, you must say to
yourself, “I have given this up for Christ.”
I will go to Him in the way I have determined to do and not to the
idol practice. Once we
surrender in this way we should be able to gain complete victory against
2 Chronicles 3:1
2 Kings 18:1-7
comes the attack by the enemy. Reread
2 Kings 18:9-chapter 19. Here
is Satan gnashing his teeth at Judah and he will gnash his teeth at you.
Claim the position that Hezekiah did in 2 Chronicles 32:7-8
believe your mission of reconciliation is to share what you learn and the
victory you are able to claim over time with much help from the Lord.
It is a story that you can use to lead others to Christ and
relationship with Him.