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Defeating the Idols that Battle for your Heart (Part 1)

Exodus 20:1-6

Minister: Pastor Taiwo Bolodeoku

In Exodus 20:1, God was making it clear to the children of Israel that he was the God who brought them out of Egypt. Idolatry is spiritual sin. To serve God you must love him with your heart, soul and spirit; idolatry is shifting your heart, soul and spirit to another god (Deuteronomy 4:24, Matthew 22:37).

An idol is anything that you have put before God. It could be your career or your mobile phone. The god of career battles for you heart when you begin to forget there is a service, or when you are supposed to be fasting, the god of food takes over your heart (Exodus 20:4).

Idolatry is one great sin that other sins come from. The other commandments come from the first and second commandments. When you love money more than God, it becomes so important that your heart is all focused on money. We can have desires to be successful but if the first thing you have to do in the morning is to confirm that transaction before you say a word to God then you need to check it. Idolatry is an insult to God; no man or woman wants to share their wife or husband, so God does not want to be shared. Spirituality is a matter of commitment.

Are we really different from the Israelites in Psalm 106:19-20? What is always on your mind, a team that wins a championship, a house we are constantly upgrading, a corner office we are constantly striving for? These things can become your golden calf.

Some of the things that we do are not exactly bad, their identities don’t usually have the identities of spirituality (Is it bad to love soccer?) but they take control of our hearts. If you have a gambling problem, stay away from the casino, or make it harder to access your account.

Spiritual Tests

What really disappoints you? Have you thought that our disappointments are God’s way of reminding us?

What do you complain about the most? If you constantly complain about your financial situation, it has become your god. If you constantly complain about sex in your marriage, sexual pleasure has become a god. If you constantly complain about people in your office not respecting you and have become so upset or in a mood, you have created a self-recognition god.

Whining and complaining shows us what has power of us. Whining and complaining are the opposites of worshiping God, because worshiping God is glorifying him for who he is and what he has done while whining and complaining is ignoring who God is and what he has done.

Audit your account; where does money constantly go? Shoes, bags they have become little gods.
God says you cannot substitute him for anything else (Romans 8:38-39). We stop our prayer to pick up a call from that lady or that man or our moods are focused on something else as we pray or worship God (Mathew 15:8).