As a Christian, it is fundamental that we do not put someone or something before God. Our God is a jealous God, and He does not like when you’re serving anything and Him at the same time. The Bible clearly says in Exodus 3:20 “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” I noticed that many people idolize celebs like they are their god. They’re checking their favorite celebrities statistics, keeping up with their social media, making sure nobody talking about them because he or she is ready to defend them, and follows all of the family members. I’ve heard about people that put more of their energy into humans than God. People are not the only ones that we could idolize. We could worship our phones, games, social media, television, and so much more. Do you know how great the world would be if we put more energy into God than people or things?
Something else that God brought to my attention is that we could idolize ideas or scenarios. For a while, I was thinking about how life will be when I’m married to my husband with four kids. I was thinking about the exact man that I wanted to marry. I had a picture in my mind of what he looked like, occupation, and who his family was. I had an image in my mind of how my children would look as well. I would think continually about scenarios with my future family. One day, I woke up and I just kept hearing “idolization is not good” in my spirit. I ignored it and continued thinking about this made up scenario. I heard God say “Stop! Stop idolizing the idea of marriage. You will get married one day, but you don’t need to think about marriage all the time. Idolization is not good.” I lied in bed and kept saying “wow.” I remember praying to God, “I don’t want to idolize anybody or anything Lord! I want to put You first! I’m so sorry for idolizing an idea.” That was probably the biggest wake-up call for me in 2018. I knew I had to share this with you guys because sometimes we do not notice that we can make our ideas our gods. Our dreams and goals could become our god. When you make something a god, life can become dangerous. Don’t ever get to that point where a single idea turns into your life instead of God.
As a single young woman, I have moments where I want to be with someone, but I decided to trust God to present a guy in my life when He’s ready. Since God has confirmed to me that I will get married, that is nice to know, but I don’t want that to get in the way of my relationship with God. Jesus has to come first in our lives before a man. I don’t want to take this post up about being single because I have written a post called Single 101 that already speaks about this challenge. I want to encourage young women, don’t idolize the idea of marriage. You may not know who he is yet and that’s fine.
If you find yourself lacking time with God because you put work first, you’re idolizing that job. Maybe you are trying to start a business without speaking to God, that’s a sign that your business is more important than God. If you find yourself consuming extra time into your boyfriend/girlfriend, you’re about to put that significant over God. I watched a video by a Christian Youtuber Dephne Madyara where she talked about how she was spending too much time with her man more than she was with God. It opened my eyes that we can idolize people in our lives as well as a close friend, our mom or dad, or a cousin.
Learn to put your life in check. Make sure God is at the top of the list, and everyone/everything else falls below Him. I thought that it was okay to think about scenarios and ideas and that is okay. However, once, I went further with my thoughts and scenes thinking of precisely what will happen, that is where it turned into idolization. The enemy made it seem like it would be okay to go deep into my dreams and thoughts, but God was saying “Nope! I will not let you go this far! Idolization is not good!” Don’t mix up Ephesians 3:20 and think that The Lord will give you whatever you think when it could subject your relationship with God.
James 4:3 (NET) states “You ask and you do not receive because you ask wrongly, so you can spend it on your passions.” If you desire something more than God, then you will not receive it from Him. This scripture is an example not to idolize your desires. God will only give you the desires of your heart when it is something in the will of His plan. If you want to be married, so that you can have someone to love or to boss around then you will not get married. God knows our desires of hearts for good and bad. He sometimes does not give us what we want because it will turn into an idol in the future.
Goals and dreams are great to think about, but when it does not fit into God’s plan for your life, it’s not happening. Do you want to live your way or God’s way? To keep from idolizing our thoughts and people, we need to speak to God. We have to tell him what’s on our minds, how He can stop us from being obsessed with that person, and keep us from chasing money before Him. If you want to have a family one day, ask God, and He’ll tell you. Everybody will not be married, and that might not be your purpose in life. I know that hurts to hear that, but even if you don’t get married, God has bigger plans for your life. You might have wanted to go to your dream college, but maybe God is calling you to another school. Talk to Him about it. Don’t idolize the thought of being at that school when you’re not meant to sow a seed there.
Don’t let the enemy fool you that your obsessions over people or things are okay. It’s a form of idolization. Once you become in love with someone or want to breathe something more than God, that is idolatry. Seek God first so that He can do great things for you! Never get caught up in the trap of obsession or idolization because you will not make it to Heaven. God will not allow you to make it to the Kingdom and you love your favorite celebrity more than Him. Look around you. Think about your thought process. What are you putting more time in before God?
Idolatry is a sin. Give God more of your time. I hope that this post has inspired you to do better! Have a great day, evening, or night! Thank you for reading, commenting, and sharing.
Prayer: God, we ask that you remove any sign of idolatry in our lives. Don’t allow us to put something over you. Lord if we idolize any idea or thought, remove it from our minds. Please help us to stop thinking heavily about the next move in our lives. We want to trust You and only You! We bind the idolatry spirit that is lingering on us. In Jesus name, Amen!
Jonah 2:8 (NIV) “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.”
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