When we trust in idols

We secretly bow to them,

Since they consume our thoughts

When they become our greatest friend.

When we trust in idols

We place God second on the list,

Because our heart and soul is absorbed

When lust and greed have kissed.

We may not realise we worship them

But if we stop so we reflect,

We’ll realise they envelop our entire being

But where we prefer just to forget.

They manifest in different ways

Either physical or mental indeed,

And when they possess our entire soul

More idolatry we will see.

God hates idolatry

And we must remember this,

That it’s deceptive and will cause a snarl

When idols are on our list.

Because they take the place of God

In our heart and in our soul,

And He wants us in entirety

For His blessings to unfold.

When we trust in idols

We’re effectively saying to the Lord,

That we don’t trust or believe He’ll provide

And doubt what’s in His word.

Idols can range from materialism

To comforts or fear and worry,

To believing lies of every sort

To unforgiveness when we’re not sorry.

It may be our unbelief

As this becomes a stronghold,

Or maybe a relationship

Or status and money behold!

But it’s when they grip our heart

Where we will not and cannot let go,

When they wrap our soul with a chain

And become our greatest foe.

Unfortunately we are all guilty

But when it’s pointed out,

We need to repent and ask God for help;

To trust in Him without any doubt.

He will provide our needs

And when we love simplicity,

We’ll be content with all we have

And flee from idolatry.

Let’s not be found with idols

When we stand on that day,

Because those words ‘I never knew you’

Is something we never want Him to say!

(C) P.B. 2021

“Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.”  1 Corinthians 10:14

“Their land is also full of idols; They worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made.  People bow down…” Isaiah 2:8-9

“For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles – when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.”  1 Peter 4:3

“What am I saying then?  That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything?  Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.”  1 Corinthians 10:19-20

“For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols?”  1 Corinthians 8:10

“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry…”. Galatians 5:19-20

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.  For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”  Hebrews 13:5

“But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.”  Revelation 22:15

“But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk.”  Revelation 9:20

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’”  Matthew 7:21-23