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What Has a Grip on You?

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One of the things God consistently warned His people about in Scripture, and one of the things that quickly incited His judgment, was idolatry. What is idolatry? Idolatry is anything that comes between us and God — anything that replaces our worship of God, our obedience and submission to the Word and will of God, or anything that has a controlling grip in our lives.

Even good things can become idols, if they take a place of priority in our hearts. A relationship, a job, a possession, a person, a position, a pursuit all of these represent potential points of idolatry.

In the Old Testament book of Jeremiah, God pleads with His people about their idols. Note this warning on Jeremiah 25:6, 7 (NLT) “‘Do not provoke my anger by worshiping idols you made with your own hands. Then I will not harm you. But you would not listen to me,’ says the Lord. ‘You made me furious by worshiping idols you made with your own hands, bringing on yourselves all the disasters you now suffer.’” The idolatry of God’s people in the Old Testament resulted in great pain and heartache for them, and eventually led to seventy years of exile in Babylon.

Do you have any idols in your life? The only solution to idolatry is repentance — letting go, giving up whatever you have exalted above God in your life and unconditionally surrendering yourself to Him again!

Pastor Dale