Do Idols Take Hold in Our Hearts?



“Do not have other gods besides me.” Exodus 20:3


Idolatry is defined by worship of idols or excessive devotion to, or reverence for some person or thing. {Webster's Dictionary}

Idols come from our hearts, and it is excessive devotion to something that satisfies us more than God. Do you believe our lives reflect some idolatry? I have created an idol in my life. Food has been a constant idol that has taken deep root into my heart. Food addiction, gluttony, and emotional eating have me crying before the Lord asking for His forgiveness and mercy many times. It’s not something I am proud of, nor something I wanted to share publicly, but I wanted you to know the person and heart behind the words you see every week. Food has, unsuccessfully, tried to satisfy me for many years. The overeating tries to satisfy areas in my life I feel are lacking. Sweets try to satisfy me when I am upset, angry, or sad. When I have these emotions, I don’t run to God most of the time. I don’t draw to my Father, though He is the only One that can satisfy me. Instead, I run to the idol I have built in my heart, which is food.  
Food may not be an idol for you. Idols can be people, celebrities, sex or sexual stimulation. Our idols could be the constant need for approval, or to make sure everyone likes us. An idol can be our own selves as we try to persuade others that the world should revolve around us and our needs. An idol can be money, a job, a business, a spouse, a parent, or even our own kids. Idolatry is not always about a carved image sitting in the corner of a living room. 
We are to have no other gods besides Him. He is God, the ONLY true God. He is and should be our ultimate satisfaction, sisters. I repent of the idols I have created. I want nothing else to satisfy me more than the Lord. Let us put to death what belongs to our worldly nature, sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire and greed, which is idolatry. Col. 3:5-6.


Father, You are a jealous God; I repent of the idols I have created in my life. Though many things do satisfy me and bring me great joy, nothing should satisfy me more than You.

Your Turn:

It’s hard to look in the mirror and evaluate our lives to see what we might be doing that is contrary to His Word, but it’s something we must do, sisters. Repent, pray and find a sister in Christ to confess to if you have built up idols in your heart.