Development of an Idol
An idol often begins with a godly fear, desire, or trust. But once we demand what we want, it devolves into an idol. Moving from desire to demand, we slide down a slippery slope. When expectations are not met, frustrations increase, and we judge those who will not give us what we want. If they continue to refuse us, we punish them. If left unchecked, idolatry results in destruction or death of the idol and / or the person worshiping it. In other words, idolatry leads to death.
To help you identify idols in your own heart, first review Matthew 7:3-5 & James 4:1-3:
"Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye."
"What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions."
Then, select a relevant starting point and answer the resulting 7 questions as they relate to your own heart. Your responses will then be shown on the Development of an Idol figure.
Left unchecked, ends in destruction or death
You still have hope! There is a cure for idolatry and steps you can take NOW!
Repentance Transforms Idolatry
The way to flee from our idols and turn toward God is this: Repent! Confess your sins to God and believe in His forgiveness for you! Repentance breaks the slide into idolatry and leads us to healing. Click below for Guidelines for Christian Confession.