Exodus 20:3 says, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” Romans 1:18 says that unrighteousness suppresses the truth. The truth? There is only One True God.
An idol is anything that usurps the Lord’s place as first in our heart. As Ezekiel 14 said, that the Lord will allow our heart-idol to speak to us until we repent of it. Verse 6 says, “…Repent, turn away from your idols, and turn your faces away from all your abominations.”
Here is a paragraph from a book I am working on. “A heart-idol is anything that eclipses our attraction to the Lord. They are enemy-planted lies that capture our heart and control our thoughts. They bring us into servitude rather than freedom. They are deceptive and phantom. They are figments of our imagination that deliver us into bondage.”
We know that righteousness is conformity to God’s will in our thoughts, purpose, and actions. We also know that satan opposes God’s will. Therefore if he can get us to set up an idol in our heart, he has accomplished his will.
Our past can become an idol. The truth? 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that our past is passed. It is only in our mind. We cannot go back into the past except through our thoughts.
When an emotional pain from our past is buried in our unconscious, we will overreact when some ‘thing’ in the present triggers an experience in the past.
Anger can be triggered for more than one reason. Concealed rage is a self-guard that protects. If someone gets close to touching (disclosing) that buried pain, we lash out in anger. The lie of this idol controls so that we are never free.
Anger can also be when our will gets crossed. James 1:20 says that our anger does not promote the righteousness that God requires. When our will is crossed and we feel anger rise within, it is our signal-alert saying “Flesh has risen, humble your heart.”
It is wise to pay attention to our over reactions. It is the Lord revealing a heart-idol that is keeping us in bondage. It is time to face-off our fears that what is buried will be uncovered. To remain buried is bondage, to acknowledge it and let it go is inner freedom. It is the truth we walk in experientially that sets us free.