Keeping your marriage from idols is such a hard thing for individuals. An image, a celebrity, a hero, a habit etc. What causes you as an individual to idolize things and set them up in your heart?
In Ezekiel 14:1-8 a group of Israelites, we aren’t told why they came to Ezekiel because God cut them off from speaking and making their request. God immediately told Ezekiel that He would not entertain their requests because they had set up idols in their hearts. They had separated themselves from God through these idols.
We are not told what their particular idols were. But God said that the idols in their hearts were a stumbling block to themselves and to others of Israel.
Keeping your marriage from idols can bless you. God would like for you to come to Him with your request, when you are need. The enemy will throw any situation your way and you have to know how to handle them when they are presented. We have listed three idols below but don’t take for granted that there are only three. There are definitely more, but we wanted to focus on Pride, Lust and Self.
Please consider these idols that can set up a stronghold in the heart of everyone that will let the enemy in. Look carefully at your own life and see where you are to gather which ones might apply to you and need to be removed. Maybe you struggle with something completely different than what we have mentioned. We pray that this list will be used by the Holy Spirit to show to you your own personal needs when it comes to keeping your marriage from idols.
Isaiah 2:11 “The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.”
We see proud people all the time. People who believe they don’t need God or anyone else to run their lives. Even Christians who have put their trust in God for their eternity are sometimes too proud to allow Him to control their daily lives.
Pride can manifest itself in many ways. Sometimes it is hidden in other attitudes and character traits. Disobedience to authority is often a matter of pride. It is when you don’t want others telling you how to live or run your life. It is often said the a prideful spirit will fall and go through peaks and valleys but when you let the Holy Spirit take control; you can rest assure that the spirit will humble itself.
Matthew 5:27, 28 “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
Lust is a psychological force producing intense wanting or longing for an object, or circumstance fulfilling the emotion. Many people are addicted to lustful thoughts and actions. Jesus gave a clear teaching on lust. If a man looks at a woman with lust in his heart, that is the same as adultery in the eyes of God. Lust is not always passive either. Some people present themselves in a way so as to entice others to look at them in an inappropriate way.
Do you place your own needs and wants ahead of what the Lord wants you to do? If He called you to minister full time and submit yourself with your whole heart would you be willing to obey?
We as coaches and ministers still see that it is a struggle for so many in leadership, churches and couples. They have a hard time with the struggle and make so many excuses and to why. Don’t allow yourself (your own desires, emotions and plans) to become an idol in your heart. Do what is called of you and let the Holy Spirit take control of your life and place that desire; bury it and never let it rise up.
We believe you should take care of your body as it is the gift of God with which you serve Him and house His Holy Spirit, but it should not be used to entice others into sinful thoughts and desires.
I can’t are statements sincerely believed by the person making them. Sometimes things come at us in life and we can’t see a way to move forward. Don’t you know that God will fight for you; you need to only be still. Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. The I can is a processing of preserving yourself and not letting the enemy in to take control of your mind. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. It can destroy you or it can be a positive action word that can make you reach higher goals in life. There is always good that comes from pain. You have to have the freedom from fear. Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,”he said,”why did you doubt?’ Remember you always can.
Let Us Pray,
Heavenly Father in the Name of Jesus,
We have come to you seeking your face as we set aside Pride, Lust and the I Can’t do mentality. Let us continue to trust in you for all of our anxieties and doubt. Give us the spirit of rest. Know that we rest and give all of our burdens to you in the times of trouble and pain. Lift us up when when we start to complain because you have given us great mercies to completely turn over control of our life to you. We know that it tells us in Proverbs 3:5-7 to Trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding; but in all our ways to submit to you and you will direct our path. Do not be wise in our own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. In Jesus Name We Pray, Amen.