Diagnosing our heart idols is a crucial step in the Gospel Story, because if we do not see how our hearts are feeding on the wrong things we cannot find the sustaining nourishment of God.
Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. ~Romans 1:22-24
Most of us, in our culture, feed one of these three idols
|Statement: “I am what others think of me.”||Statement: “I am what feels good to me”||Statement: “I am what I do.”|
|Measure: Recognition & Praise||Measure: Feelings & Ease||Measure: $uccess & Accomplishments|
Surveying some women of deep faith at Waypoint, they share the scriptures they “feed” on to combat these heart idols. This is the way that we stop the longings in our heart–by feeding on God’s promises that our approval, comfort and security is found in Christ Alone.
Stop Feeding the Idols by Feeding on God’s Promises
Feed on the Promise: “God is GRACIOUS.”
Big Idea: Your approval is found not in your capabilities, competency or character but in God’s gracious love in Christ.
- For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ~Ephesians 2:10
- Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. ~Galatians 1:10
- You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased. ~Mark 1:11
Feed on the Promise: “God is GOOD.”
Big Idea: You cannot make peace, but the Holy Spirit–the great Comforter–will bring you peace.
- Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
- Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. ~John 14:27
- Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. ~2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Feed on the Promise: “God is GREAT.”
Big Idea: No matter how hard you work or earn, you will never be safe, because true eternal security is found in Christ alone.
- For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; ~Psalm 91:11
- Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ~James 1:2-4
- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. ~Ephesians 6:10-11
Finally, every person I spoke with pointed to Philippians 4:4-8 as a core verse for them. They then taught me different spiritual exercises they have created to chew on these verses. Below are two hyperlinks to handouts to encourage you to design what would help you feast on the promises of God.
Guided Reflection: Using Philippians 4:4-7 reflect on where you need God to work.
Reflecting on God’s Promises: Using Philippians 4:8 as your framework, think of different scriptures that point to these truths.