Paul said that he had to fight the good fight of faith. 2 Timothy 4:7. Heart idols usurp God’s place in our heart. I wonder, as I type this, if heart idols keep us from memorizing Scripture. I can plead age and brain injuries, but I need to take this before the Lord and see what He says.
Heart idols keep us ‘me focused’ rather than fixing our gaze on the Lord. Therefore, according to 2 Corinthians 3:18, they would block our inner transformation as well. Our metamorphosis comes in two ways: gazing at the Lord, and renewing our mind through Scripture. Romans 12:2.
Back to Judges 6. It is the account of the Lord calling Gideon to specific tasks. In verses 25-27 he was instructed to take two of his father’s bulls. Tear down his father’s altar to Baal, and cut down the wooden idol beside it. That idol was a Canaanite goddess. What?
Then Gideon was to take the wood from the idol and offer a burnt offering. Now follow me on this. What are we to offer? Hebrews 13:15 says, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”
We take our fleshly heart idol, tear it down by confessing our sin against Him, and turn it into a sacrifice of praise. We thank the Lord for Who He is to us in that moment ~ glorifying Him as we fix our heart on Him.