06 Nov 2018

Idols in Our Lives

by Karen Sheppard

Start by reading…Ezekiel 14:12 - 16:41Hebrews 7:18-28Psalm 106:1-12Proverbs 27:4-6

In Ezekiel 14, God calls Israel to repent and turn away from idols. An idol is anything we worship by giving it too much attention, or anything that is more important to us than God, for example social status, money, a job, a house, a car or our children.

Ezekiel was a righteousness man, called by God to be a preacher of righteousness in a pagan culture. Amid all the idolatry and sin in Israel he preached a prophetic message of God’s unbreakable covenant with the people. He called them to return to God and be restored.

Our thoughts determine the direction of our lives. We have to set our hearts and minds in the right direction so we can hear the voice of God more clearly. It’s not your mind, will or emotions that touch God; it’s your heart. Inside of you, in the real you, is where God is going to speak. It is your spirit that He uses as a lamp to enlighten you about whom to marry, which job to take and so on.

When you made a decision to follow Christ the Holy Spirit dwells inside you and gives you an inner witness! That inward witness is like a green or a red light. The choice is yours! Learn to recognise the inner prompting of the Spirit. Meditate on God’s Word, pray in the Spirit and live a life yielded to Him. Humble yourself and He will empower you by His Spirit.

Pause and reflect: Do you have any idols in your life? The Bible says we should put living in a righteous manner above all other things of and flee from idolatry (see 1 Corinthians 10:14). Ask God to forgive you and to help you put Him first in your life. He will gladly do it.

Karen Sheppard
Karen Sheppard

Karen is a wife, mother and grandmother. Married to Martyn for nearly thirty-six years, the couple have three sons and three grandchildren. She has been a born-again Christian since she was nine and falls more in love with Jesus every day.

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