Flee From Idolatry

And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 1 Corinthians 10:7,14 (NKJV)

The Apostle Paul spoke sternly to the church to warn them to “Flee from Idolatry.” All throughout the Bible we are warned to guard ourselves against idolatry, and there are many stories of people who were unfaithful to God by placing greater trust and confidence into people, beliefs, and objects rather than God and in His word.  

Q: What exactly is Idolatry, and how do we become Idolatrous?

First of all we need to understand something about our human nature — every one of us worships something.  This is because we were designed to worship something — that something is our creator God. 

Idolatry is simply a false (lower case “g”) god within our lives. It can be an object or a person — alive or dead, including those considered to be “Saints.” It can be a church building, an alleged picture of Jesus, or a crucifix.  It can be an idea or a philosophy, an occupation, or even a sport. It can be a habitual pattern within one's life, or even the material things we desire so badly in this world. The fact is it can be just about anything we give our greater loyalty and trust to instead of God.  

Idolatry is listed as one of the vilest sins of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21), and it comes at the cost of our spiritual purity. Yes, God will forgive us, but this doesn’t make the sin of idolatry any less defiling, and it will lead to God’s chastening within our lives. If left unrepented God will eventually give us up to our uncleanness. 

although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools…Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie…Romans 1:21-22, 25-25 (NKJV)

If we continue to think upon or stare at those things we find to be tempting, we will eventually make them our idols and give them God’s place within our heart.  We must utilize the power we have been given and choose to fix our minds upon Jesus and His Word.  Only then will we experience the freedom He has provided for us (Rom. 6:1-6).  

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. Choose to cast down your idols before the Lord.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn about idolatry and the effects of this sin?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there anything in your life you feel you should lay down today?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to ask God to search your heart and show you anything you have given a greater place there than Him. 

PRAYER: Father, thank You for teaching me about idolatry and how deadly it can be. Search my heart today Lord and show me anything we need to lay down because I have given it a greater place within my heart than You.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings Upon Your Day, Scott


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