“Anything I put before my God is an idol. Anything I want with all my heart is an idol. Anything I can’t stop thinking of is an idol.”
These words come from Jimmy Needham’s song “Clear the Stage”, and they’ve made me address some of the idols in my life. No, I’m not building a golden statue, but in my mind certain ideas take up more head space than my thoughts of God. Those gradually become idols in my life. It’s not a conscious decision, but that’s how Satan works. He stealthily slips in a thought here and an image there until it consumes my thoughts.
“Take a break from all the plans that you had made and sit at home and wait for God to whisper… Shine the light on every corner of your life until the pride and lust and lies are in the open.”
That’s what I did. I spent some time the past few days (thank you for fall break, God!) praying and reading the Bible. Every passage I’ve read lately has either revealed a dark part of my heart or given me strength and hope of destroying the darkness. Those are God’s whispers.
“Then read the word and put to test the things you’ve heard until your heart and soul are stirred and rocked and broken.”
Here is some of what I came up with.
“Think on whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, of excellence, and worthy of praise” Phil 4:8
“I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8
When these thoughts begin to take up too much space, I’ll look to God instead. I’ll ask for strength, and I’ll praise him.
“We can sing all we want to. Worship is more than a song.”
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Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts. You’re awesome for supporting me.