What Is Your American Idol?

american_idol

The last couple days I have been reading in 1st and 2nd Kings.  It has been very interesting and eye opening. Most of the kings “did evil in the sight of the Lord” and some became more evil than the previous kings.  There were a few and far between that “did right in the sight of the Lord”.

The good kings that “did right in the sight of the Lord” did not destroy or take away the high places so the people still practiced idolatry. Only two Kings, Hezekiah and Josiah obeyed God and followed through by removing and destroying them.

I started thinking, I have a heart for God, I want to do right in His sight, but am I like the other “good” kings and do not completely follow through on removing the idolatry from my life.

Idolatry is anyone or anything that gets our love, attention and time in place of God.

Today we don’t have the high places to go worship idols, but we still practice idolatry with the idols in our lives, the people or things that get in the way of loving God and putting Him first.

I love what  God said about Josiah in 2 Kings 23:25…”there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses, nor did any like him arise after him.”

This is what Jesus said when he was asked in Mark 12:30 what was the first and greatest commandment , His response:  “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

This love is of the will, the mind and action rather than the love of feeling or emotion. It is a love that is dedicated and committed and does right no matter how one feels.

Do we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength?

Have we removed the idols from our lives?

Are we any different than the kings who “did right in the sight of God”, but did not completely follow through with removing the high places and idols?

God in His mercy and grace, who loved us first so we can love Him, enables us to follow through with obedience. He began the good work in us and He will complete it. (Philippians 1:6) He chose us in Him to be holy and blameless, and made us His own (Ephesians 1:3-14). He saved us by His grace through the faith He gives and we are His workmanship to do what he prepared for us to do (Ephesians 2:8-10).

As we spend time with the Lord, allowing Him to expose the idols in our lives then we can remove and replace them with what His Word shows us. Our disobedience changed to obedience and then loving God with all that we have, all we are and in all we do.

Be encouraged, God starts and completes the process of changing us from the inside out!

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About kimlenon
Welcome to Inside Out! I desire to offer encouragement and resources to help women live their lives Inside Out because God changes us from the Inside Out! I have been married to Dave for 39 years. We have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. My passion is to teach women how to study and apply God's Word.

9 Responses to What Is Your American Idol?

  1. Cathy Post says:

    God is speaking to me today about seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness and then He will add what we need. I think that goes hand in hand with your blog today. It is so amazing to me how God uses so many of His true followers to speak the same things that He tells us when we spend our own time with Him seeking His truth that changes our hearts. I am blessed every time I read your blogs. Thank you, Love you.

  2. I need this reminder. It is something we have to fight against every day.

  3. Good reminder. It is always a process finding new ones and riding ourselves of them. I really have enjoyed Kelly Minter’s, No more Idols study published by Lifeway.

  4. I had trouble posting the first time I came in here. Trying again. Linking from Not Ashamed of the Gospel – Faith Filled Fridays – Great post on the idols of today.
    We gave up television 2 years ago and don’t miss it at all. – so much more time.
    Blessings,
    Janis http://www.janiscox.com

  5. Laura says:

    Such great thoughts and worthy of taking to the Lord and asking HIm about. Thanks!

    • kimlenon says:

      Laura, you are so right about taking it to the Lord. I have found the idols I needed to get rid of are usually the subtle ones that only He reveals.
      Thank you!

  6. Great reminder that love is a choice we make when the “feelings” aren’t there. God is so good, though to remind us of His faithfulness and abundant blessings when we choose Him!

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