Freedom From Idolatry

GUEST AUTHOR: TIFFANY MATHEW
SERIES: IDOLATRY DEFINED | THE IDOL OF POWER | THE IDOL OF CONTROL | The Idol of Comfort | The Idol of Approval

This week we looked at the four root idols in our lives. For me, it’s been eye opening because I realized that every mistake I make stems from one of these idols.

Why do I choose friendships/work/school over God? Because I define myself by my influence, by my power. Why do I get angry when people are late? Because I need control. Why do I make unhealthy food choices? Because I seek comfort. Why do I get drunk? Because I want to be normal, accepted, and because at the end of the day, I crave approval.

Repentance from your Idols is not easy,
but it is necessary in order to live freely in Christ.

Seems contradicting, right? How is restraining myself from alcohol, pornography, anger, and gluttony freeing? Society would say I’m not living life to the fullest by “living freely in Christ.” Living freely in Christ is not about saying no to these things.

Living freely in Christ is about being
satisfied in Christ,
so that none of these things
even catch my eye.

How freeing it is to know that even when I fail a class or get passed for a promotion, God still sees me as important – important enough to send His son, Jesus, to die for my mistakes (John 3:16)!

How freeing it is to believe that God is in control of everything, even when my plans are falling apart (Luke 12:24)!

How freeing it is to know that when life gets hard, I have a role model who not only overcame worse circumstances, but also has given me the strength to do the same (1 Peter 2:21, Ephesians 1:19-20)!

How freeing it is to know that this world will never accept me, and that’s okay cause it was never meant to (John 15:18)!

Remember, we were created with eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11), at the end of the day no matter how much approval you get from your peers, how much delicious food you eat, or how much success you earn,

only The Eternal One can
satisfy your heart.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. | Psalm 37:4

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