Heart idols are like a mirage of water in a desert. They cannot deliver anything. They are a stronghold that exists only in our mind. In order to cast them down, we have to change our mindset.
Years ago I had a dream. I saw a city with huge concrete citadels, each with a name in capital letters. They looked strangely familiar. As I observed this one, I noticed it said SELF-PITY. The Lord showed me it was a citadel of ‘poor me’ thoughts that I entertained from time to time. I had no clue. That revelation became chapter seven in my first book, “Freedom! From Past Hurts.”
I remember in 1975 when the Lord revealed my heart idol of noise. I had my radio plugged into the front light switch. When I walked into the door I would flip it on. Why? I did not want to think.
I’ve disclosed two of mine from my past. I hope that it has helped you identify some of yours. Anything or anyone that we turn to instead of the Lord first, would bear the classification of a heart idol. Ezekiel 14:4 says that our heart idols cause us to, “…stumble into iniquity…” Iniquity is doing anything independent of the Lord.
Oh, yes that was another of my heart idols—independence. How do we cast them down? 2 Corinthians 10:4 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” Heart idols are inner strongholds that war against the Holy Spirit’s instruction.
Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Romans 12:2 says that when we renew our mind it is a metamorphosis experience. The butterfly could not be created until the caterpillar died to its old life.
The Greek word for casting down is demolition. It means: taking down, razing, destroying, and figuratively means extinction. Jeremiah 1:10 says, “…to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down…”
Here is what king Josiah did to the idols. 2 Kings 23:4-15. Let me recap. He had them all taken out of the temple (our body is the temple of the Lord). He burned them. Verse 6 says that he burned them and ground them to ashes.. In verse 15 he broke down an idolatrous altar, he burned it, and crushed it to powder.
We do this by first confessing our heart idol usurped the Lord’s place in our heart. Then we renounce it, and all the lies we believed that were attached to it. It is an enactment of Psalm 18:42 which says, “Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind; I cast them out like dirt in the streets.”
Isaiah 30:14 says this is what the Lord does right afterwards. “And He shall break it like the breaking of the potter’s vessel, which is broken in pieces; He shall not spare. So there shall not be found among its fragments a shard to take fire from the hearth, or to take water from the cistern.” Hallelujah!