Is it just me or is it easier to see the false gods in other people's lives than it is to see the ones in your own life? I spent this week traveling with my children to visit my family and help with some "family projects" while my husband stayed home to work. I was gone for five days and four nights.
While doing my studies in the evenings, for whatever reason, all the things of the day related to other people's gods were the first things that came to mind. I had to spend some time really focusing on setting aside all of their false gods to hear God talking to me about my own false gods.
It's amazing how many different things we can make into gods and how easily we do it. If you don't believe that, just spend some time with family and you'll see it!
I'm really enjoying this study and enjoying your comments, but can I just say that tearing down these lies and idols is hard work! I'm getting more and more excited about the day that there will be no gods to tear down, no temptations to have other gods, only satisfaction in the one true God!
I don't want to miss the process of putting Him first though. That's why I really loved this quote from this week's study. On page 70, Kelly writes, "Of course, we may feel grief when parting with something we enjoy, but if true conviction is present, we will begin to look at that thing as something that was taking the place of God, something that was stealing from us. As we rid it from our lives we will be hopeful with anticipation, anxious to see what God will do in this newly-created space. We will not look for loopholes. We will be resolved. We will know that we are in a position to gain, not to be stolen from any longer."
I want to not be stolen from any longer. I want my family to not be stolen from any longer, but I can only tear down the false gods in my own life. It's not easy, but I am hopeful about what God will create in those spaces. Let's get busy making some space. :)
Thanks so much for your comments last week, I can't wait to hear from you this week! Here are our questions.
1. Look back at the first few questions on day 2 (p. 61). Were all three things that the serpent said about the fruit true? If you answered yes, why is that a frightening fact?
2. Sometimes we second guess our ability to hear God, wondering, "Did I really hear God right when He said...?" How do you deal with such questions?
3. Is there anything you've been convinced to give up this week? Is so, tell about it.