1 John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen
In the previous post, I talked about the void in each of us that causes feelings like a lack of value or rejection. It’s a hole that only God can fill though we try to fill it by numerous ways to our own destruction.
Those things or ways by which we try to fill that void become idols in our lives. For me, my chief idol was trying to be perfect. If I was perfect (by my definitions), then I would have the value I sought and fill that void within me. It was a place of utter bondage, as you can imagine. Yet, all idols are bondage.
An idol is anything we trust in when we should be trusting God. Idols keep us from experiencing God to the extent that He desires and we desire, because we are putting something in a place and role that is meant for only Him. They create barriers to deepening our relationship with Him.
In what ways have you tried to fill that void? What is the driving motive to those ways? That is your chief idol. Turning from that core idol affects all the rest. Everything you do should be driven by the motive love, nothing else. Anything else signifies you are trusting in something else when you should be trusting God.
If we confess and repent of that chief idol and turn to let God fill that place, then He will deliver us from it. God is the deliver, not us. It’s by His strength that we are set free. Our part is to seek to align our will to His in desiring to turn from that dependency and be wholly dependent on Him.
God wants us to live an abundant life of delights in our soul. He is the one to take us there. To come to a point to trust Him enough to let go of all those things we’ve trusted to give us value, we have to deeply know God. Trust is the fruit of knowing, thus seeking God is the foundation to all else. When we seek Him, we will come to know and trust Him. In that trust, we will be able to truly let go. Then, we will discover a freedom, peace, rest and joy that is astounding.
Won’t let go, holding on tight
Until the end, I won’t give up the fight
I strive to be all I can be
Hoping it will make me truly free
Always one more struggle to face
One more issue to unlace
How much longer Lord?
How much longer?
I want to be who you desire
The woman of truth, love and fire
You’re fighting a losing battle, one you can’t win
It isn’t your strength to gain, but mine to let in.
In trying to be strong, you block my grace
My friend, your running the wrong race
Let go, trust Me, be weak, then you’ll be free
More than you’ll ever need to be free
It isn’t found in you, but in Me.
In dependence, you will find
A new power of your mind
It’s a paradox for sure
Be weak to find the cure
My strength is perfected in weakness
Because you trust my infinite greatness
A reservoir for every need without end
An endless supply at every bend
You’ll never be without Me, nothing to fear
You’re in my hands, close and dear
Don’t trust in your ability
Look to the power of the trinity
Trust in Me, rest in Me, be in Me
Then you’ll be truly free.
~ Rachel DiPaolo
April 5, 2011 at 8:53 pm
Thanks Rachel. I think a major idol for me is the approval of men. Proverbs tells us that the “fear of man is a snare”. Man I am learning that the hard way!
April 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm
Hi Jelillie, I’ve struggled with that as well, and how much of a snare it is! The freedom that God is showing me that He desires for us is amazing. I think it is fascinating how many of us believe that a life with God somehow takes our freedom – it is quite the opposite. This world has blinded us to His abounding goodness in so many ways. When we truly trust Him with these “issues”, He is faithful to deliver.
April 7, 2011 at 7:09 am
I love the way you brought this to us , Rachel. I have some turning away from and turning to Him to do! I know I can trust Him, now just to do it. Thank you and God bless you for being His voice to me today! 🙂
April 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm
Hi Debbie, it is such an important truth to understand. Those things, idols, keep us from drawing closer and keep us from experiencing the fullness of the abundant life God desires for us in Him.
April 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm
Thanks, Rachel. I so enjoy and benefit from your insights. That’s why we need one another. Jesus can’t be manifested in only one brother or sister; He’s much too big for that. Thanks for reminding me again that He is our ONLY strength. If I depend on my own strength, however great that may be, it is finite. Only in trusting to His strength alone can we press through to victory.
April 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm
Hi Cindy – how true that is. It’s a great loss when we don’t embrace His gifts to us.
April 14, 2011 at 7:24 pm
Thanks for your beautiful poem and blog. Isn’t letting go just the hardest thing!But, when I trust in my Lord and Savior that is soooooo trustworthy, and not try to create/manipulate the solution….how amazing the results! So many times I am astounded by a solution that I could have never created in my mind. Ah the great dance of faith!
April 14, 2011 at 11:16 pm
Hi Nancy, it is hard – sometimes it amazes me. God is so faithful. I love how you described it as a dance … for that is just what it is like 🙂