Easter – Idols
Weekly Bible Study #11
This week’s Easter message came to me through some simple yet profound lyrics from the As I Lay Dying song “Behind Me Lies Another Fallen Soldier”. This particular line is the final line in the song:
“You laid down your life, while I refuse to give mine.”
… How simple, yet at the same time profound.
As we look at what Jesus went through for us on and leading up to the cross I cant help but think to myself how all too often despite the price that was paid for us, and the blood that was shed, we often can not seem to spare even a few minutes out of our day to be with God.
So this week I want to talk to you about placing God above all things.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 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.
As we read this verse slowly we can begin to understand it better. This verse speaks of pulling down strongholds and casting down every high thing that exalts itself against God. Stop and think about that for a second, so when we place something above God or put something before him we are creating a stronghold. A stronghold that we are exalting higher than God.
So that means that in our busy lives we go to work come home and are we have to choose between reading Gods Word or playing Call of Duty. You say “eh, I’ll spend time with God later. I’d rather play games now”. Well when we do that we are placing that above God, or exalting it against the knowledge of God.
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Matthew 6:24 NLT
24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
When we place something on a higher level than God we are effectively creating an idol. Idolatry does not neccesarily mean we are worshipping a statue. An idol can be anything that we exalt above God.
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
This verse goes back to what I often talk about, that is of feeding your spirit and not your flesh. Simply put, those who live according to the world set their minds on the things of the world, but those who live according to God set their minds on the things of God.
Do you have any idols in your life?