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Idols in the heart

“Idolatry is really not good for anyone. Not even the idols.” - John Bach

Ezekiel 14:3 (NLT) - Son of man, these leaders have set up idols in their hearts. They have embraced things that will make them fall into sin. Why should I listen to their requests?

As a former workaholic, I never thought about how working around the clock could be a form of idolatry. I truly thought it was the right thing to do and to show my loyalty to my organization. I even recalled putting work in front of my prayer time and my family. I made the choice to have work consume most of the hours in my day that there was only time for the required hour of Sunday church service and the five to ten minutes daily for devotion.

For me one of the idols in my heart was work. There are so many idols that we allow or crave in our hearts; money, power, materialism, pleasure, sex to name a few. Some of these idols are birth and defined by worldly desires. We allow these idols to take over our hearts and become more important than our relationship with God. If we continue to embrace things that are not of God, if we continue to invite “idols” in our hearts, how can we develop a strong relationship with God?

Today’s verse is a reminder of Ezekiel’s revelation when “leaders came insincerely seeking God’s counsel, their facade was revealed and they were indicted for determining to pursue their evil way and defy God’s will. They had set up their idols in their hearts.” A reminder You shall have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:3) What idols are you storing in your heart that is preventing you from developing a rich and intimate relationship with God? I encourage you to read Ezekiel 14.
Dear God,
Thank you for the reminder that I have set-up idols in my heart. That I must repent and turn away from my idols. I pray that all your children recognize the idols they have stored in their heart, that they repent and turn away from all idols. That they place their relationship with you as their first priority. I ask this in your son Jesus’ name. Amen!

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