TOPIC: DISLODGING MODERN DAY IDOLS
Fire Scripture: Isaiah 44:9-20
9 They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.
10 Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?
11 Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed: and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together.
12 The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint.
13 The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house.
14 He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it.
15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.
16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire:
17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.
18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.
19 And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?
20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?
1 John 5:21 – “Little children keep yourselves from idols.”
MFM Daily Devotional 20th June 2021 Outline
Today’s devotional is a real source of concern for Christians because many Christians are unwary of the problems of idolatry. An idol is anything or person you value so much that it takes the place of God in your life. It is whatever you put first before God. In Exodus 20:3 and 4, God warns against idol worship by His children.
Many Christiansstill think idols are mere carved images; and if they do not have such things at home, they are free from idolatry. This is a lie of the devil. Modern-day idols are not outside you. They are inside you. They occupy your heart: they are in your mind.
A brother bought a beetle car in the 70’s and was so engrossed in maintaining the car that one day, he dreamt he was carrying the car on his head in the streets. He did not understand the meaning of the dream. It was because he had placed so much value on the car above everything, including God.
The head isthe symbol of God’s glory inman.Thisman placed a car above God,the reasonhewas carrying itonhisheadinthedream. You must constantly search your heart to see whether you are hiding any idol there so that you do not offend God. Modern-day idols are those things you crave so much that you forget God.
It could be excessive pursuit of comfort and pleasure, entertainment, money, career or job, desires, your wife, husband, children, gift or talent, sex, or every lust of the heart that hinders God’s attention.
How do you dislodge these idols? First, you must be born again. Becoming born again is imperative as step in getting translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God. It also frees you from the dominion and authority of satan and idols.
Second, you should search your heart and purify it with the blood of Jesus. You should also renew your mind with the word of God on a daily basis. Do constant prayers that usher in revival. Avoid lust for anything and live a simple life that pleases God.
Finally, you should ensure that God takes the first place in everything and in every area of your life.
Searching and purging your heart on a daily basis with the mirror of God’s word will check your negative indulgence.
Any power that is striving to control your life against the will of God shall fail, in the name of Jesus.
MFM Daily Devotional 20th June 2021 HYMN
Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult
Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult
Of our life’s wild, restless sea,
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth,
Saying, “Christian, follow Me.”
Jesus calls us from the worship
Of the vain world’s golden store,
From each idol that would keep us,
Saying, “Christian, love me more.”
In our joys and in our sorrows,
Days of toil and hours of ease,
Still He calls in cares and pleasures,
“Christian, love Me more than these.”
Jesus calls us: by Thy mercies,
Saviour, may we hear Thy call,
Give our hearts to Thine obedience,
Serve and love Thee best of all
MFM Daily Devotional 20th June 2021 PRAYER POINTS
1. O God, arise and destroy anything You did not plant in my life, in the name of Jesus.
2. By the blood of Jesus, I purify my life from the stain of idols of my father’s house, in the name of Jesus.
3. I shall not succumb to the evil pleasures of my father’s house, in the name of Jesus.
4. O Lord, let Your hand destroy every wicked imagination against me, in the name of Jesus.
5. My Father, make me a target of Your divine blessing, in the name of Jesus.
6. O God, arise and make me a good example, in the name of Jesus.
7. Powers that are assigned against me, die, in the name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
2 Chro 10-12
MFM Daily Devotional 20th June 2021. The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) is a Pentecostal denomination founded in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria in 1989, now with churches in several countries. It was founded by Daniel Kolawole Olukoya.