How about a little Tuesday Truth? Its been awhile. I don’t know about you, but my heart and mind desperately need to be re-centered on Christ today.
Here’s a quote from my Beth Moore Breaking Free Bible study that is currently challenging my thinking and tugging on my heart.
It goes like this:
“We can compare our strongholds [in our lives] to the high places in ancient Israel. Anything we exalt over God in our thoughts or imaginations is an idol. Idolatry is not only a terrible affront to God, it is an open invitation to disaster. In 2 Kings, failure to remove the high places led to full-blown depravity. Idolatry was also the primary reason God allowed Israel’s enemies to carry her to captivity. Never forget the ever-increasing nature of sin (Rom. 6:19). If we do not cast down the high places, they will eventually cast us down. I don’t believe I’m being overly dramatic when I say that we can either tear down our strongholds with the mighty power of God, or they will eventually tear us down.”
An idol is anything or anyone I exalt over God, even “simply” in my mind. When I take a step back and examine my heart and mind, I start to see just how many idols I have; idols that fight to grow taller and taller in an attempt to completely block my view of God and deafen my ears to His voice.
I often don’t want to remove these idols. Idols are comfortable and appear to bring happiness. And boy do they do a good job of disguising themselves. But past and current experiences have taught me that what Beth says is true: if we do not cast them down, they will eventually cast us down. And my life will no longer be about God’s will through me, rather my life will be about an idol; one that leaves me empty and destroyed in the end.
So I turn my attention to what God’s word says. In 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 the apostle Paul writes:
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
There will always be things in our lives that fight for our attention and devotion other than Christ. What we often underestimate is the source of these “things”, or idols. They come from more than just this world; they come from Satan – the one who seeks to distract and destroy. So how do we overcome? By taking captive every thought that sets itself up against the knowledge of Christ, surrendering it to Him, and filling our minds with His truth so that we can make these thoughts obedient to Christ.
I’m not saying its an easy process, but it is a necessary one. And thankfully, God is full of mercy, grace, and patience. Because if you’re anything like me, this may take you a really long time and several wrong turns, to get right.
Lord, would You light a fire in my heart and give me the power by your Spirit to continually fan the flame, so that my darkness would not overcome Your light.
What have you been learning friends?