Idols in our lives

..since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And weboast in the hope of the glory of God.  Romans 5:1-2

What are you boasting about today?

Your intellect?  Your skills? Your talents?  Your connections?
Are you bragging about your wealth?  Your position in life?  The home you own, the car you drive, or the boat you bought last week?  Are you proud if your ability to cook a mean meal, and trim a tremendous table?
I ask these questions, because I am beginning to realize for myself how easily false idols slip into our every day existence.

It’s shocking how easily idols make their way into our lives!

The definition I use for a false idol is: that person, place, or thing that we run to on a regular basis for comfort, love, affection, or affirmation, that is NOT God.

I’ve found one of the best ways to identify false idols in my life is to ask myself this question, “What do I think is boast-worthy today, and/or what do I find brings me the most comfort when I’m distressed?”  If the answer to that question is something other than God, I might have a problem and an area of my life that needs closer inspection and exposure to God’s truth about idols, as revealed in Scripture.

Today, let’s ask God to revel to us anything that we may be substituting for Him when seeking to sooth ourselves.

Looking into our honest place, we can admit–THIS, this is the thing I too often run to for my comfort, instead of God.
Remember: …if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.  (1 John 1:9)  Sounds like a pretty good deal to me!

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