Idols in our lives are basically invisible in our hearts. They lie covered never wanting to appear and be exposed for who they are and what they want. Who they are is something that you think you need in order to be happy. Well behaved children, a husband that is the perfect spiritual leader, a completely organized house or even freedom from trials. They exist because you think you must have them.
May I be a voice of reminder to what you already know, only Christ can give you happiness. I'm talking about after conversion. After we become adopted and heirs with Christ we must fight to have our complete happiness in Christ. In order to not waste your life, you must grab ahold and grip this reality to rid yourselves of idols and to truly experience happiness, joy and freedom.
Elyse Fitzpatrick has an amazing set of questions which helps us to discover the root of an idol. "Our idolatrous beliefs become evident as we find ourselves habitually sinning in some particular way." Think of a specific sin you struggle with, anger when critizied, easily frustrated, self-improvement, and think through the following specific questions.
- "What do I believe about the source of true happiness in this circumstance?
- What do I believe about God in this circumstance?
- What do I believe about myself--my rights, my goals, my desires?
- What am I trusting in?"
These questions are really helping me to diagnose my idols and deal with them before they act out as a behavior. May we be ladies who are not lazy with our sin, who joke about our little sins that we hold on to, but be women who are not ok with idols in there lives nor content to allow their live to pass them by. Be women who love Jesus supremely, who treasure Him and fight to be happy!
The questions and quote was taken from Elyse Fitzpatrick's book Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone.
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