#Challenges of Idols: Discovering True Worship

Sunday, March 12, 2017


#seduced by idols

Ancient idols: things made of human hands; gold, silver, stones, wood, etc.


Deuteronomy 4:16-19, p. 128

“You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below. And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed (seduced-NLT) into bowing down to them and worshipping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.” 


Israel faced the dangerous temptation of being lured into worshipping the Canaanite gods that were golden calves, cedar poles, statues, and the moon and sun.


Modern idols

“An idol is whatever you look at and say, in your heart of hearts, ‘If I have that, then I’ll feel my life has meaning, then I’ll know I have value, then I’ll feel significant and secure.’” 

—Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods


Modern idols could be people I know, places I go, possessions I hold, prestige I store, and the power I implore.


#social media magnifies my idol(s)

  • Old success augmented by new success
  • We have tended to get our self-value from the “success” of our “accomplishments and accumulated” stuff
  • The accomplishments and accumulated stuff is augmented by our social “likes” and “followers,” etc.


#selfie idol

Approximately 80% of what people do on social media relates to themselves.


Pastor Craig Groeschel researched in his church:  a couple dozen of young adult committed church attenders, servers, and known for being Christ followers admitted their addiction to social media; every person self-identified their unhealthy addiction and felt they had “lost passion for God because they are distracted by their passion for social media and technology.”


“…Our news feeds can be full, but our hearts and souls empty.  Anytime we allow our souls to be consumed with anything other than God, we will never be satisfied.”


Exodus 20:3-5, p. 54

“You shall have no other gods before me.  You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God.” 


Jesus asks us, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world yet forfeit their soul?”


How much are we distracted by our “likes,” “comments,” “Pinterest pins,” “uploads,” etc., which can rob us of our focus and passion for God?  God desires to be first, not second, in our lives.


Be careful that your soul is not “seduced,” “distracted,” and “polluted” by this world which can poison the purity of God’s presence in your life.


#rich young man example:  Mark 10

He was seduced by his status and wealth and walked away sad.


What is your idol(s)? 


Did or would it go to the cross for you?


Your real true God went to the cross, became sin for you, died in your place and rose again to give you life.


Will you acknowledge, confess, repent of your sin and accept God’s gift of Salvation and put Jesus first in your life?


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