This means we have created an idol of our own will. We’re saying our will is more important than God’s. We’re committing the sin of idolatry
Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Time for another Friday End Times post.
In last week’s post I wrote about witchcraft. Witchcraft, of course, is an abomination to the LORD and is forbidden in the Old Testament. Aside from the biggest problem with it—that it works by Satan’s power—there are more reasons witchcraft is so sinful.
Witchcraft is focused on control—on changing people and the world around you to your liking. On doing whatever you want rather than what God wants (the essence of Satanism). This is a kind of idolatry, one we may not think of as idolatry. But the truth is idolatry comes in many forms, which is what I’m talking about today.
Whose Will Be Done?
“[…] THY WILL be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”
Of course we all know this line from the LORD’s prayer / Our Father. And I’ve chosen to emphasize the most important part of it. God’s will is what’s important in our lives, not our own. God’s will is what matters. The prayer doesn’t say “my will be done.” We must submit to God’s will for our lives, even when it isn’t in line with our will.
This means, among other things, obeying God’s laws as best we can. When we fail to obey, we need to get back up, repent, and try again instead of giving up and living in sin.
But it also means that, if we pray for something to happen and it doesn’t, then we have to accept God’s will and plan for our lives. Sometimes our own plans fall through. Sometimes God says “no.” Sometimes we don’t get what we want.
This is a part of life, of course. Things don’t always work out how we hoped or expected. But don’t worry—when this happens it’s for the best. Sometimes God will save us from what we think we want, to keep us out of a harmful situation. Sometimes we don’t know what we’re really asking for. Sometimes we don’t know how badly we could have gotten hurt. Sometimes who or what we want is wrong for us, and we can’t see it because we’re blinded with desire.
When God says “no” to our prayers, He does it so He can bless us with something greater instead. Something better for us. The best option. The best option that we didn’t see at the time in our disappointment.
Everything happens for a reason, because everything moves according to His plans. We don’t understand His plans in the moment, as they are unfolding. But when we finally receive the blessing after being denied something we wanted, we’ll understand how God works things out for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
Always remember Isaiah 55:9—His ways are higher than our ways, His plans higher than our plans.
(9) Just as the heavens are higher than the earth,Isaiah 55:9 (CEB)
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my plans than your plans.
This may be hard to deal with at first, but the more you get used to submitting to God’s plans, the easier it gets. The problems come when we insist on having our way, no matter what. This is going against God’s will to pursue our own. This is creating an idol of our own will. This is idolatry.
Having it our Way Is Idolatry
When we refuse to accept God’s will and insist on pursuing our own, we are in rebellion to God. We are saying we know better or otherwise refuse to accept God’s “no.”
This means we have created an idol of our own will. We’re saying our will is more important than God’s. We’re committing the sin of idolatry.
Idolatry is more than worshiping other gods, you see. Idolatry happens any time we put anything else on the “pedestal” where God belongs. Only God belongs in that #1 spot in our hearts. Of course we can love other people and hold them in great regard, but only God belongs on that “#1 pedestal.” When we insist on following our own will instead of God’s will, we put our will on that pedestal. We make our will more important than God’s will. We create an idol of our own will.
Idolatry happens any time we put anything else on the “pedestal” where God belongs. Only God belongs in that #1 spot in our hearts.
When we have an idol, we drift further from God. We start to believe and have faith in our idol more than God. We get pulled away in the wrong direction. Our faith starts getting divided and diluted, and ends with us turning away from God.
God’s will is all that matters. We need a strong relationship with God, and that’s all. When things don’t go our way, we need to get with God in prayer and trust Him. We need to have faith and hope. Remember that discouragement and hopelessness are temptations of the devil. And the devil is tormenting many of us with discouragement and hopelessness during these painful End Times.
So insisting on our own will, rather than God’s, is a spiritually dangerous offense. It will cost us our salvation due to our idolatry, if we don’t repent and fall in line with God’s will. This concept is especially relevant today, because many of us live in societies that encourage us to ignore God, indulge our flesh, and do what we want.
The Law of Attraction, for example. That evil witchcraft is becoming more popular and well-known. I wrote a post about it a few months ago, which you can read here. Who else but Satan would tempt us with getting whatever we want, when we want it? Using the Law of Attraction to manifest whatever you want in your life is making an idol of your own will. Enacting your will no matter what—classic Satanism.
But anyway, there are many types of idols in today’s society.
Besides our own will, there are other idols to be found in modern society.
First, let’s start with celebrities and superstars. They get showered with absurd amounts of praise for their God-given beauty and talents. All this praise goes to them, and none to God. People want to know what celebrities are up to, they want to gossip about them. The result of all this makes the celebrities more important and influential than they should be. Their opinions carry more weight, because so many people are listening. Society puts celebrities on a pedestal where they don’t belong. Society should revere God like that instead.
There’s also a witchcraft element to the magnetic influence these celebrities have too. The way people follow them religiously, checking their every update on social media. Some people even become obsessed with them. It quickly turns into idolatry. This isn’t natural, and some witchcraft is involved. After all, don’t forget that some celebrities make deals with Satan for their fame.
It’s okay to enjoy some movie star or other celebrity’s work. But their fans sometimes place their their favorite celebrity on such a high pedestal as if they were God. They follow the celebrity’s opinions and listen to their every word. This is the problem. We shouldn’t idolize people like this. They shouldn’t have that much influence. Only God belongs on that #1 pedestal, and only God and His Word should have all that influence.
But this is just the way things are, right? Well, not for too much longer. These are the End Times now, and when the LORD returns all this will change.
The point is, there are many kinds of idols in our society. Many ways to commit idolatry. We need to be careful and discerning, because an idol is not always some funny little statue made of wood or clay. Anything that takes our heart off of God, even a little, is an idol. So beware.
That being said, there’s one last idol I want to warn you about today.
This idol is the worst, because it’s so easy for us to fall into this trap. And that would be heart idols, or idols of the heart. So many people fall into this, including myself.
When we meet a new person we like and get into a relationship with them, we often think they’re the greatest person ever. They’re the smartest, funniest, nicest, most beautiful person we’ve ever met. We very quickly put them up on that pedestal, as I’ve already discussed.
This is infatuation, not love. Real love is Godly, it takes time to grow between two people and it isn’t so quick and consuming like infatuation is. Is there an element of witchcraft in infatuation too? There can be sometimes, if one person is involved in witchcraft. Otherwise not really, it’s our desires and our hearts leading us astray. But Satan can also use this to trick us into bad relationships, like the evil Jezebel-Ahab relationship trap I wrote about this week in Part 4 of my Free from Ahab miniseries on the Ahab spirit.
The important thing to remember is that anytime we put anyone other than God up on that pedestal, then we have a heart idol. This is not OK, we need to love and follow God first, not people. Yes we must love our partners too, that’s a good and Godly thing. Nothing wrong there. But only God belongs on that pedestal in our hearts. We need to love God first.
So beware of heart idols too. Like I said, it’s so easy to fall into this trap. And idolatry is more than we normally think of it as. It’s not always as obvious as a little statue of wood or clay, it can be much more subtle.
Cast Down all Your Idols
We need to get closer to the LORD during these End Times. Now is the time to seek Him out. Now is the time to call on Him, so He can rescue us. Now is the time to get closer to God.
Idols do the opposite—they take us further from God. They split our attention and our loyalties. They take God out of that #1 spot in our hearts where He belongs. God, and no one else, belongs in that spot.
It’s especially important in these End Times to take stock of our lives and remove all idols. But we must remember that idolatry comes in many forms. It isn’t always as obvious as a statue or icon of another God. We can make an idol of our own will, we can make idols of people, and we can have idols in our hearts.
Idolatry comes in many forms, and we need to beware. While there’s still time left, we need to search our own hearts and minds, removing every idol we find. Anything that takes God off His rightful pedestal is an idol. And every idol must be cast down. Starting with the ones in our own hearts.
On that note, I will end with a prayer from Jennifer LeClaire, the author of many books on spiritual warfare and the Jezebel spirit:
Father, I come to You in the name of Jesus Christ. I ask You to reveal to me any idolatry in my heart and home. Show me, Lord, where I’ve allowed the enemy to seduce me into worshiping my own will, other gods, and even people. I ask You right now to make it clear to me, break the deception off my mind, and help me see. By Your grace, I will turn from it when You show me. I will repent and serve only You, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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