Casting Down Heart Idols

I want to take you to the throne room. It is the scene that John took in as he was caught up in the Spirit. Revelation 4 is a glorious chapter. In 1997 I bought an old mobile. I had the 70’s wall to wall shag carpet replaced with emerald green. I wanted to remember His throne room each time I vacuumed. 

Can you picture verse 3? It says, “And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.” Verse 5 described what was happening.

It says, “And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.” Verses 6-8 was the description of the four living creatures.

Here is what they were saying day and night. Verse 8 says, “…Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” They had eyes all around. They beheld His holiness through all dimensions.

We are called with a holy calling according to 2 Timothy 1:9. Peter reminds us that we are to be holy and He is holy. 2 Peter 1:15 says, “…be holy in all your conduct.” Hmm. I can tell you exactly what blocks us—heart idols.

2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

We don’t intentionally set up our heart idols. How do they get there then? They are figments of our fleshly imaginations—thoughts based in pride. I can honestly tell you that I believed that my independent spirit was my asset. I learned to take care of myself. I was single and on my own before I was 20. It seemed natural. 

That summer I had a rude awakening. I was a counselor at our youth camp. In our quiet time the Lord spoke this into my heart: you have not esteemed My words more than your necessary food. It shook me. At the time I didn’t know what I know today.

Heart idols usurp God’s place. Here is a graphic illustration of pagan idols, yet we can make personal applications. Psalm 135:15-18 says that man made idols cannot do anything. Verse 18 says, “Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them.” More tomorrow.

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