The Thing About Idols + 6 Clues You May Be Dealing with Idolatry.


Idol: a picture or an object that is worshiped as a god.

“You shall not make idols for yourselves or erect an image or pillar, and you shall not set up a figured stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am the Lord your God.”  Leviticus 26:1 ESV

The Israelites made idols NOT because of their disbelief in God, but because of pride and control. After all, God had delivered them from oppression in Egypt and performed many great things in their sight. Yet they continually formed gods who would only secure war victories and riches; and who had no disapproval about their decisions or choices. The silence of their gods approved of their reckless lives.

The Israelites knew God, but had no control, or hopes of manipulating  God; so they formed gods. Gods that weren’t so seemingly hard to please; gods that couldn’t chide, discipline or CORRECT them. Gods that inwardly they could boast they formed. It all points to pride. So, they could boast of their own riches, victories, and give no one else the glory. That is why God hates pride. Pride gives self-glory; and robs God of the glory, and credit He is due.

Even today we make idols, but unlike Biblical times; our idols aren’t wooden statues, but live in our hearts. An idol is something that in your mind or heart de-thrones the living King. The thing about idols is that the shift from a desire to an idol is quite a sneaky one. Sometimes our desire turned idol, is not in essence unholy. But, the focus we give it, is.To the extent that we ignore all that God does for us, to focus on the one thing He hasn’t yet done. The other thing about idols is it can be dangerous; if we aren’t awakened and recommit ourselves back to God.

So here are 5 clues that you may be harboring an idol: 

1.When you experience ingratitude for an extent of time.

Now we all go through a spell of ingratitude, for whatever reasons. But in this example, this sort of ungratefulness is actual disappointment in God. And, sometimes bursts of anger or resentment.

2.When your mind is filled with same thoughts of wanting, daily.

When you can only think about how much you want this one thing. What life will be like when you have this one thing? Why isn’t God giving me this one thing?

3. When your conversations with God or prayers are based on one topic.

Sometimes certain urgent situations require constant communication. However, in this example, you can’t shut up about this one thing. Over, and over harping on an endless loop.

4.When your faith dwindles because God hasn’t given you this one thing.

You began to think God hasn’t given you this one thing because He isn’t able. Not, because it’s an idol. Or, not because your focus on it is unhealthy.

5.When you want that one thing more than you want God.

Before all you wanted was to develop a closer relationship with God. Your desires were all correctly aligned with God in mind. Nowadays, God’s a little further away.Because, your heart isn’t set on Him, anymore.

6. When our natural inclinations to praise and worship aren’t towards God.

This one thing takes all your time, attention, and fills your mind. You now worship that one thing. In your heart, you lift it up and behold it.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 ESV

Conclusion

If any of these clues rang true for you; go in prayer, and ask God to reveal it to you. I went through a spell of making marriage an idol. I thought about it all the time. I dealt with lots of discontentment issues because of it. I told God ‘He was enough for me’, but in reality, He wasn’t. I wanted validation from a man. I wanted a prince charming to rescue me while ignoring my Savior. After tears and prayers, God worked it out for me. And, I know He will do the same for you.

I love you, but God loves you more!

 

 

 

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God Taught Me

When I first surrendered to Christ (some 5-ish months ago) I felt an over-the-top exhilaration. I went from depression to elation in a very short manner of time. I felt happier than I had in a very long time and thought this is what my life had been missing. And, while I still today feel the same elation about the goodness of my  God. At some point, I realized that I should expect trials and persecution. Somehow with my tunnel vision, I read past many Bible verses that depict that very thing. At first, I was a little saddened and actually shocked. Eventually, I came around- begrudgingly. And, recently I’ve embraced that hardships and struggles have their place. They are the main ingredient in spiritual growth and seeing God clearer. Trials and difficult seasons are the very things that water our faith. The thing we would rather avoid is the very thing we need.

Most of my life I’ve had an avoidance issue. I would avoid confrontation or anything I simply wasn’t comfortable doing. Honestly, I’ve to lead a fearful life and recently started fearing God.

I feared the actual, the eventual, and the impossible.

Just the day to day living terrified me. I’ve come to understand I’m only supposed to fear God alone, and nothing else. Also, recently I came to the conclusion that God wants me to be free from fears. Before I understood it, but now I’ve claimed it as my own.

My Savior didn’t die on a cross for me to be bound and paralyzed.

I denounce fears and cast them down. Living a fearful existence is not why I was placed in Mother’s womb.

God is working heavily on me and in my life. He’s given me hints and clues to who He’s called me to be. And, I would react with fear. I was afraid because God has me living so differently than what I’m accustomed to. I feared because of an unknown future. And, very recently I decided that I’m excited about what God is and will be doing in my life.

God has changed my life, in un-listable ways. To a fearful life, to fear God.  From depression and anxiety to peace and joy. From wandering to God placing my feet on the path towards my destiny. From having low self-esteem to God’s love and Word altering how I see myself. God is amazing, and I can never repay Him. I was a scared little girl to being a mighty woman of God. God did it! The changes I have seen in myself and the changes in my perspective I would never succumb to accomplish on my own.

God is peeling the layers back, to reveal who I really am. A mighty woman of God. I named this website AMWoG, not because of who I am, but who God will make me.

 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Hebrews 11:13 (KJV)

I’ve drawn so much from Hebrews 11, in these days. I’ve decided that although the things God told me I would accomplish seem far, that I would be fully persuaded of them. God can not lie, and He’s faithful. I also decided I would trust Him. That sounds a little weird, but often times we can claim the power of God, and still not trust Him. I decided that if I’m a Christian, that I would trust Christ. I would put all my eggs in His basket. There are so many verses that state that ‘Blessed are those who trust and wait on God’, and I want to be blessed.

These are a few insights I’ve learned or come to know. I pray this post helps to explain the name and purpose of this blog, and few things about my walk with God.

I love you, but God loves you more!

 

 

 

 

 

Misconceptions About God

I’ve come to know that there are several misconceptions about God. I list some of them, and bust the myths with the truth!

1. God is distant.

“Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?” declares the LORD “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 23:24

God is omnipresent. Meaning God is present at all times, in all places.The Bible says even the massive universe He created, is filled with Him. He is everywhere. And, more importantly, He’s there with you.

2. God is angry.

For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5

 

We are made in God’s image, possessing the abundance of emotions He too possesses. God is not angry, it’s just not His nature. If anything God is longsuffering, meaning He will suffer for a long distance of time; for our sakes’. And, His own goodness sakes’. With that said, God is Holy and upright. He hates the sin because He is the polar opposite of Him. Anger is hateful, but God is love.

3. You have to be formal with God.

Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship. If we seek after a right relationship with God, we must be ourselves. God doesn’t expect you to be, anyone besides who He created you to be. Your fellowship with God, may not look like anyone else’s and that’s okay. And, if you really think about it, closeness omits all formality. God wants you, nothing else!

4. God is too busy for you.

So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” Matthew 20:32

Once you understand that God is omnipresent, you realize that He isn’t confined to human limits. God has no schedule, and no shifting of us His priorities. Although God is the holder of the universe, you are important to Him! Out of all the things God created, He set His love for you (Deuteronomy 7:7). The sun, moon, and stars will fade one day; but you are who He desires to spend eternity with. God chose you!

There are many more misconceptions about God, unfortunately. We are all in a spiritual battle. There are powers that be, those blind unbelievers to the knowledge of Christ. That deceive, believers alike. The powers must convey that God isn’t either really God. Or, convinces that seeking God isn’t worth the effort. The notions and ideas people have about God are based on inexperience.

But, God invites us to taste and see His goodness. To know first hand, to see with our own eyes, and to indulge in His sweetness.

Conclusion

Maybe, now, after all this time; is the time to know God for yourself. Fellowship with God isn’t something you can even begin to know until you sit at his feet. Until, you and God laugh together while driving in the car. Also, to feel His swift comfort when tears are running down your face. I invite you, give God a try.

When I found God, is when I found myself. When I first loved God, is when I began to love myself.

The truth is, God is none of those things you heard about Him. Not one.

 

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God’s Instruction: A Hindrance or Blessing?

Lately, I’ve been reading the book of Deuteronomy and Isaiah. The book of Deuteronomy consists of Moses warning to Israelites to continue following God’s laws in the land they were to inherit. And, in The book of Isaiah, the prophet was sent years later to warn and prophesy to the Israelites- who had not continued following God’s law.

So, that got me to chewing on this topic this week, but I couldn’t find or type the words to express my feelings on it. And, to answer the question that it is the title of this blog post. I’ve come to the conclusion that God’s instructions (aka laws, commandments, and rules) are a blessing.

To think God’s creation started with just one rule onto Adam ‘not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’. But, when that serpent convinces Eve that the Lord couldn’t possibly mean what He said; sin was born into the world. Therefore, God had to pronounce His commandments; because of our sinful nature.

The bottom line is, God is the Creator. How often we discount His wisdom and doubt that He would ever know what’s best for us. That the God who created the Earth, and people- wouldn’t be wise in how His creations should live. That the all-knowing God wouldn’t be able to predict the dangers of sin, in our lives. We have got start giving God more credit.

Observe and obey all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God. ‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭12:28‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Our Father wants for us to soar. He knew the heavyweight that sin places on us. The fact is that it will never go well with us if we don’t adhere to God’s instructions. We will never truly be satisfied if we are leading a life that is counter-active to God’s laws. God knows the best thing for His creations’ are His instructions.

“I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but I will not be mastered by anything.

1 Corinthians 6:12 NIV

God gives us free will, meaning we have the choice to see God as our God, or not recognize Him at all. You can either bless God with your free will by living a life that is pleasing to God. Or, you can curse Him with your rejection of Him and His instructions.

Non-believers seem to believe Christians are hampered by their belief in God, and our decision to live a life that glorifies God. Because we consecrate ourselves and we don’t get involved with things that aren’t godly. They see their perversion of God’s gift of free will, as freedom. What they don’t seem to know is that their sense of freedom is bondage. The list of things they can do will only wrap the chains of sin, even tighter.

“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”

‭‭John‬ ‭8:36‬ ‭NLT

Only Jesus can set us free, and break the chains of sin. There is liberty in choosing Christ. My God’s instructions are not burdensome, they are just. I see them as Fatherly advice. I realize they exist because God knows sin is so destructive. And, He loves us far too much to witness His sons and daughters bound when He sent His Son to set us free.

Conclusion

For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died;

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭NASB‬‬

I’m saved, but there are a list of things I would like to continue doing, but they go against my God; so I bid them farewell. Pleasing God is much more important to me that temporal pleasures. I want to glorify God with my life; I can’t do that if I pick, and choose which of His instructions I choose to follow. And, most of all I want my name written in the Lamb’s book of life, I want to spend eternity with my God and Savior. So, I control myself, and I practice a little bit of self-discipline.

If you were ever burdened by God’s instructions I pray this post helped you to put God’s purpose for them in the proper light.

I love you, but God loves you more.❤️

When you don’t feel like reading your Bible

In my first post in this series, I shortly discussed how there will be times, hen you don’t feel like opening your Bible. It’s the funniest thing, sometimes I have this passion for the Bible, and other times I just plain don’t. Like right now, I can think of many other things I’d rather do. Then I kind of feel like a hypocrite for having this #readyourBible series, and not reading my Bible. And, this too shall pass.

But this isn’t about me (per say) it’s about you! Here are my tips for reading the Bible when you don’t feel up to.

1. Focus on God

The main reason we have this difficulty is that we’re focusing on ourselves and not God. Just consider His greatness, and think on the privilege it is to be in relation to Him.

2. Don’t think of the Bible as a book

It’s technically a book, but it’s God’s word. See the Bible as food, from which you grow spiritually. See the Bible as, everything God wants to say to you. Imagine the power imprinted on every page.

3. Don’t make your quiet time an assignment

See your quiet time with God as something you get to do. Spend time with God because you miss Him if you don’t. Think about how He’s keeping you, this very second. Let your quiet time be the source of your joy and closeness with God.

4. Don’t be so hard on yourself

Remember, we aren’t called to perfection, we just serve a perfect God. Don’t beat yourself up, you missed a day, it’s okay.

5. Switch it up

Everything gets old after a while. Change the way you study, change the old routine. Who says quiet time with God has to include your Bible? You can just journal, pray, praise God or listen to worship music.

6.Don’t emulate what other people do

Do, you! Your relationship with God is personal, and yours. You don’t have to pray, worship, study like anyone else! God wants a relationship with YOU! He made you unique, and you should be you. It works for your friends, it just may not work for you. And, that’s okay.

7. Do it anyway

Often times when we have a tug to read or for quiet time, we need it. There will be days where you run to open your Bible, and some days… Practice some self-discipline and read something. God has all He needs, he doesn’t need you to read today. Developing a habit of reading the Bible; changes us, not God

8. Prayer
Some stuff, you just got to pray it out. Confess and tell God, you ‘aren’t really in Bible-reading mood’. It’s okay, I think we give ourselves less grace, then God does! I promise the Earth won’t shake, or you’ll drop into the pits of hell. If you are feeling it or thinking it, He knows it already. Just tell Him. And, believe that after you pray, He’s filled you up to read His word.

Well, there it is my 8 tips for when you don’t feel like reading your Bible. It happens to everyone, at least once! I pray God grants us all a zeal for Him and His presence.

I love you, but God loves you more. ❤️

Why You Should Read The Bible

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Continuing the #ReadYourBible series, I answer why we should read the Bible.

Knowing God

There is no way we can ever hope to know God, without reading His word. The Bible is God-breathed, it’s the Word literally out of His mouth. Can you hope to know anyone without speaking to them? No! And, in the same way you can’t begin to grasp His greatness without His word.

It’s the truth

God’s word is the only truth, in a world where we constantly have to seek out the truth from lies. He is who the Word says He is. He can do what the Word says He can do.

The Bible isn’t old-fashioned

Although the Bible was written centuries ago, don’t feel as if, it’s outdated. There is nothing new under the sun, you can even find your-modern-self in the Bible. The people captured in the stories of the Bible, are just plain old people. Some good, some bad, and most of them are just in between. But, once you realize this is a person that once lived, and you get to flip through the pages; and learn from their hardships, heartbreaks, and mistakes.

Learn how God feels about you

God loves you, because He formed you, His eye is the first eye to ever see you. I had to learn that God wasn’t this far off, stern God. Although God hates (His word, not mines) evil, and sin; and His holy eyes can’t bare to look at evil. I’ve come to know He is love (literally 1 John 4:8), He is merciful, forgiving and has compassion for us as Father has for His child. God says He’ll never forsake or abandon you. The Bible is full of sweet, endearing terms about how God sees His children. God’s children are the saved, but you can always become not only His creation but, His child. There’s is nothing better than the God being your Father

You got an enemy

I’m not talking about your ‘haters’, or the people at your job. I’m talking about well… satan (he doesn’t get a capital letter). Rather you’re saved or not, he can’t stand you! But, he’s really upset at God for throwing him out of heaven, and Jesus for dying on the cross. So, he picks with us, since he can’t bother with the Father and the Son. And, especially if you’re saved, he has a bone to pick with you. But, what his intention is, is  to separate (saved and not saved) from the one and only true God.

He’s a liar, and a good one too. He’ll provoke, lie, and convince you of something he created. So, we need to stand firmly on God’s truth. When we have a habit of reading our Bibles, we can rebuke him; “that’s a lie”. He can deceive you into believing everyone dislikes and talks about you. He’ll make you question your relationship or marriage. He’ll say you’re unloveable, and unattractive. He’ll say ANYTHIHG. And, that’s why it’s so important to read the Truth.

So lashing out at yourself, your spouse, your coworkers, and anybody is a waste of time. We fight with an open Bible and prayer, and fasting. Never forgetting, he has no power, only influence. He is no god, he’s a fallen angel, and God will deal with him (read Revelation, yup the whole book).

Conclusion

God is worth getting to know. Read my previous post on getting started reading the Bible. Now that I’ve done it daily for the last four months, I’ve learned so much about God. I even learned so much about myself. I’ve built my confidence up in God. When God says you are_____ you can’t help but feel small and important at the same time.

  • Precious
  • His child
  • Beloved
  • His treasure
  • Chosen

I beg of you to get to know God by opening your Bible. He’s awesome, so worthy of peeling back the cover and digging into His word for your sanity, validation, and confirmation.

I love you, yet God loves you more.❤️