A Mind Manufactured Idol

We, who have experienced a genuine conversion, can fall into a neat trap. Our minds, worked on by subtle thoughts and feelings, can unconsciously manufacture an idol. Here’s how: when we are born again, God’s Truth becomes a sacred trust. We love it, defend it and strive to expose and guard against anyone or anything that tries to promote error. This is as it should be. On the other hand, Satan often hijacks this kind of faithfulness and twists it to his own ends. We can be so committed to God’s Word that we focus only on understanding it, believing it and guarding it. The problem is that we minor on applying and obeying God’s Truth. If our minds have been distracted from obedience and application, they have manufactured an idol. If we come to realize how we have been trapped, the enemy has another trap ready, right in our mental pathway. The suggestion is that we focus on obedience and experience. We are influenced to downplay doctrine and major on experience. Voila! Another idol has replaced the first one! Satan is very clever! Paul in a few inspired words in Romans 10:10 gives the antidote to both kinds of idolatry: “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness.” We believe, defend, apply and obey! This is God’s balance! If we have fallen into either trap, let’s ask God the same thing that William Cowper asked in his hymn, “O for a Closer Walk with God.” This was his appeal; may it be ours as well: “The dearest idol I have known, whate’er that idol be, help me to tear it from Thy throne and worship only Thee.” Selah! In Jude 3, We have been exhorted to: “….earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” In Ephesians 2:10 we have the other half of our needed balance: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.” Let’s not let our hearts and minds be turned to any idol!   Ron

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