22 Important Bible Verses About Idolatry (Idol Worship) (2022)

What does the Bible say about idolatry?

Everything belongs to God. Everything is about God. We have to understand who God is. He is not a god, He is the one and only God of the universe, who reveals Himself supremely in the person of Jesus Christ. Romans 1 tells us that idolatry is exchanging the truth of God for a lie. It’s worshiping the creation rather than the Creator. It’s exchanging the glory of God for self.

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Anything that takes the place of God in your life is idolatry. Christ reigns over all and until you realize that you will be running around searching for things that will never complete you.

2 Timothy 3:1-2 tells us that, “In the last days terrible times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy.”

Idolatry begins when you lose sight of Christ. We have taken our focus off of Christ. We no longer have an impact on the world. People don’t know God, they don’t want to know God, and now idolatry is growing faster than ever before.

Christian quotes about idolatry

“If you want to follow Jesus because He will give you a better life, that’s IDOLATRY. Follow Christ for the sake of Christ. He is WORTHY.” – Paul Washer.

“Idolatry is seeking security and meaning in someone or something other than God.”

“For what is idolatry if not this: to worship the gifts in place of the Giver himself?”John Calvin.

“False gods patiently endure the existence of other false gods. Dagon can stand with Bel, and Bel with Ashtaroth; how should stone, and wood, and silver, be moved to indignation; but because God is the only living and true God, Dagon must fall before His ark; Bel must be broken, and Ashtaroth must be consumed with fire.” Charles Spurgeon

“An idol of the mind is as offensive to God as an idol of the hand.” A.W. Tozer

“We make a god out of whatever we find most joy in. So, find your joy in God and be done with all idolatry.” John Piper.

“If we make an idol of any creature, wealth, or pleasure, or honour – if we place our happiness in it, and promise ourselves the comfort and satisfaction in it which are to be had in God only – if we make it our joy and love, our hope and confidence, we shall find it a cistern, which we take a great deal of pains to hew out and fill, and at the best it will hold but a little water, and that dead and flat, and soon corrupting and becoming nauseous (Jer. 2:23).” Matthew Henry

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“As long as you want anything very much, especially more than you want God, it is an idol.” A.B. Simpson

“When anything in life is an absolute requirement for your happiness and self-worth, it is essentially an ‘idol,’ something you are actually worshiping. When such a thing is threatened, your anger is absolute. Your anger is actually the way the idol keeps you in its service, in its chains. Therefore if you find that, despite all the efforts to forgive, your anger and bitterness cannot subside, you may need to look deeper and ask, ‘What am I defending? What is so important that I cannot live without?’ It may be that, until some inordinate desire is identified and confronted, you will not be able to master your anger.” Tim Keller

“Whatsoever we have over-loved, idolized, and leaned upon, God has from time to time broken it, and made us to see the vanity of it; so that we find the readiest course to be rid our comforts is to set our hearts inordinately or immoderately upon them.” John Flavel

“The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him.” A.W. Tozer

“I fear that the cross, without ever being disowned, is constantly in danger of being dismissed from the central place it must enjoy, by relatively peripheral insights that take on far too much weight. Whenever the periphery is in danger of displacing the center, we are not far removed for idolatry.” D.A. Carson

God is going to break your idols

When you have been saved by the blood of Christ, then comes the sanctification process. God is going to break your idols. He is going to prune you. He is going to show us that idols in our life hold no merit and they will leave us broken. A few years ago, my brother had a kiteboarding accident. Due to his accident, he would have constant headaches.

It would hurt his head when he read books. The only time reading wouldn’t hurt his head was when he was reading the Bible. Through his pain the Lord allowed him to see that his kiteboarding hobby became an idol in his life. It took the place of God in his life, but at the end of the day it didn’t satisfy. It left him empty. My brother’s relationship with Christ grew during this time and for the first time in a long time he had peace. He found satisfaction in Christ.

Sports can be an idol for many.That is why many athletes push themselves to the limit and they try to outdo themselves. We can literally turn anything into an idol. We can turn our hobby into an idol. We can turn godly relationships into an idol. We can turn worry into an idol. God is going to reveal to us our idols and He is going to show you that apart from Him you have nothing.

1. Ezekiel 36:25 “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.”

2. John 15:2 “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”

3. John 15:4-5 “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

What is your eye looking at?

Once again, some of the most innocent things can become idols. Ministry might be the biggest idol for believers. God looks at the heart. He sees what your eyes are looking at. Many of us want to be the big guy. Our eyes are set upon having the biggest church, being known as the most spiritual, knowing Scripture more than others, etc.

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We have to ask ourselves what are our motives? What is your motive for reading Scripture? What is your motive for wanting to plant a church? What is your motive for wanting to go on a mission’s trip? Jesus said, “whoever would be great among you must be your servant.” We don’t want that today! We would rather have the fame than to be a servant in the back. It might seem harsh, but it’s true. Are you doing all things for His glory? Sometimes we become so busy doing things for Christ that we forget the One who we do it for. Many preachers are lifeless in the pulpit because they have forgotten the Lord in prayer.

Have you turned the things of God into an idol? What is the goal of your life? What are you looking at? My performance as a Christian used to be my idol. I would have full assurance of my salvation when I was feeding myself spiritually. However, when I forgot to read Scripture or was not feeding myself spiritually I would not have full assurance of my salvation. That’s idolatry.

My joy was coming from my performance and not the finished work of Christ. Your performance as a Christian can become a huge idol and if it does become an idol you are going to walk around joyless. Instead of looking at your imperfections, your struggles, and your sin, look to Christ. Our shortcomings make His grace shine so much more.

4. Matthew 6:21-23 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”

5. Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

6. 1 John 2:16-17 “For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

7. 1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Nothing can compare to the water that Christ gives

Something that we can never deny is that nothing will ever truly satisfy us. You and I both know it! Every single time we try to find joy in other things we are left stranded in the desert. Apart from Jesus Christ there is no eternal joy. Our idols give us a temporary peace and happiness and then we go back to feeling dull again. When we choose our idols over Christ we go back feeling worse than before. Christ is everything or He is nothing.

When you fall on hard times what is the first thing that you do to ease the pain? There is your idol. Many people eat, they watch their favorite shows, etc. They do something to try to numb the pain, but these are just broken cisterns that don’t hold water. You need Christ! I’ve tried to satisfy myself with the things of the world but they left me dead inside. They left me begging for Christ. They left me more broken than before.

Nothing can compare to the joy of Jesus Christ. He says, “come drink this water and you will never thirst again.” Why do we choose things over Christ when He gives us an open invitation to come to Him? Jesus wants to satisfy you. Just like cigarettes, idols should have a warning label on them. They come at a cost. They make you thirsty again and they blind you from what Christ has to offer.

Idols are dead, idols are mute, idols are loveless, idols hold us back from moving on. Why choose something that never loved you over someone who died to have a relationship with you? It’s not too late. Repent now and set your heart on Jesus Christ.

If there is a chain that needs to be broken in your life, then look to Christ who breaks every chain. We should be like the Samaritan woman in John 4. We should be excited for what Christ has to offer. Instead of giving our attentions to what the world has to offer, let’s look to Christ and worship Him.

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8. Jeremiah 2:13 “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”

9. John 4:13-15 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

10. Ecclesiastes 1:8 “Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.”

11. John 7:38 “To the one who believes in Me, it is just as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water will flow from within him.”

12. Philippians 4:12-13 “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

You become like your idol

It doesn’t matter whether you believe it or not. You will become like what you worship. Those who spend their lives worshiping God are filled with the Spirit and it’s evident in their life. When you make something your idol you become consumed by it. What do you mostly talk about it? There is your idol. What do you mostly think about? There is your idol.

Worship is a powerful thing. It changes your entire being. Sadly, worship is used for bad more than good. Why do you think teens are dressing immodestly? Their gods on TV are dressing immodestly. Why do you think women are seeking plastic surgeons? They want to look like their idols.

The more that you are influenced by your idol the less content you become. Our idols tell us we’re not good enough the way we are. That is why many people try to look and act like their favorite celebrities. Idols don’t know your worth, but Christ thought you were to die for.

It’s a horrible thing once we fall into the trap of worshiping things over God because you get deeper and deeper involved in them. This is one of the reasons that it is hard for those who are involved in voodoo to turn from their wickedness. Idol worship blinds you to the truth. For many of us idols have become a way of life and we probably have been so consumed by them that we didn’t even know that they have become idols.

13. Psalm 115:8 “Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.”

14. Colossians 3:10 “and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”

God is a jealous God

It doesn’t matter who you are. We all want to be loved. It should give us so much comfort to know that we are so loved by God. God doesn’t share. He wants all of you. We can’t serve two masters. We are to put God first before everything.

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It’s so cliché to say, “God first.” However, is it a reality in your life? Idolatry is serious to God. So much so that He tells us to flee from it and to not associate with people who call themselves believers but are idolaters.

15. Exodus 34:14 “Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”

16. Deuteronomy 4:24 “For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”

17. 1 Corinthians 10:14 “Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.”

18. 1 Corinthians 5:11 “But now I am writing you not to associate with anyone who claims to be a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a verbal abuser, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.”

19. Exodus 20:3-6 “You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

Idols separate us from God

There are many believers who are spiritually dry because they have replaced God with other things. They feel like something is missing in their life. Idols create a brokenness and a hunger in us. Jesus is the vine and when you separate from the vine you separate from the source.

When you unplug your phone charger from your phone what happens? It dies! In the same way when we get unplugged from the Lord we slowly start to die spiritually. We feel like God is distant. We feel like God has abandoned us when truly it was us who have separated ourselves from Him. You are told to “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

20. Isaiah 59:2 “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”

21. Psalm 107:9 “for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”

22. Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

FAQs

What the Bible says about idol worship? ›

This is expressed in the Bible in Exodus 20:3, Matthew 4:10, Luke 4:8 and elsewhere, e.g.: Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God.

What Scripture talks about idolatry? ›

Leviticus 19:4

4 Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the LORD your God.

What does Psalms say about idols? ›

Idolatry was a blatant violation of God's clear command: “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them” (Ex. 20:3-4).

What does Paul say about idols? ›

It is a dangerous, sinful act since Paul explicitly links idol food to idolatry in 10:19-20 and never says, ¡°Eat idol food as long as the weak are not caused to stumble.

What the Bible Says About Worshipping statues? ›

You shall not make for yourselves an idol, nor any image of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: you shall not bow yourself down to them, nor serve them, for I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the ...

When did idol worship start in the Bible? ›

According to the Hebrew Bible, idolatry originated in the age of Eber, though some interpret the text to mean in the time of Serug; traditionnal Jewish lore traces it back to Enos, the second generation after Adam.

What are examples of idolatry? ›

Worshiping an idol or a person other than God is an example of idolatry. The admiration of somebody or something. The worship of idols.

What does the Bible say about idol worship KJV? ›

Leviticus 19:4

4 Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

Is praying to Mary idolatry? ›

They point to statues of Mary in Catholic churches and Catholics praying the Hail Mary as indisputable evidence of idolatry, blasphemy or other heresies. But although many condemn Catholics' treatment of Mary as straying from biblical truths, the truth is Marian devotion is firmly rooted in biblical teachings.

What is the meaning of Psalms 24 4? ›

This psalm teaches us what it means to stand in holy places. “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? “He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.”

How can we avoid idolatry? ›

Here are a few practical tips that can serve as your “rule” to keep good things in the right place.
  1. Rest in God's design. “Nothing on this earth was designed to satisfy our hearts. ...
  2. Meditate on the Creator. ...
  3. Remember Death. ...
  4. Practice contentment. ...
  5. Enjoy life.
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How does God punish idolatry? ›

Historically, the punishment for idolatry was often death. The Bible describes how the ancient Israelites, despite being strictly warned not to do so, repeatedly engaged in idolatry and were therefore punished severely by the Lord.

What does God consider an idol? ›

Idols are anything that you give your life to. That you pour every ounce of your energy into in hopes of it bringing you the things you desire in return. Anything you place above God.

How do you overcome idols? ›

How to Remove Idols
  1. Remove and Destroy the False Idols. Not only did King Asa remove the false idols, the scriptures state he smashed them! ...
  2. Seek the Lord. ...
  3. Obey God's Laws and Commands. ...
  4. Strengthen Ourselves. ...
  5. Don't Give Up.

What is pagan worship in the Bible? ›

Pagan is derived from the Late Latin paganus, which was used at the end of the Roman Empire to name those who practiced a religion other than Christianity, Judaism, or Islam. Early Christians often used the term to refer to non-Christians who worshiped multiple deities.

Is it a sin to worship statues? ›

The Catholic Church does not believe any statue or image has any power in and of itself. The beauty of statues and icons move us to the contemplation of the Word of God as he is himself or as he works in his saints.

Why we should not worship idols? ›

Idols are forbidden, explains Heschel, because there already exists an image of God in this world: it is found in every human being. Therefore there is only one medium in which one may fashion an image of God, and that is the medium of one's life.

What does the Bible say about idols and images? ›

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers ...

Who is the first person to worship idol in the Bible? ›

The first idol mentioned in Scripture was the household image originally owned by Laben, the father to both Jacob's wives. These were images of his household "gods." Apparently the house of Terah continued in its pagan ways back in Panran Aram.

Who started idol worship? ›

Idol workship in India can be traced to the period of Pre - Aryans. The Indus Valley people seemed to have a tradition of honoring their deities in image form with ritual worship. They also probably worshipped animals , mythical creatures , plants , kings and gods who resembled humans.

What false gods are mentioned in the Bible? ›

Nevertheless, the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament itself recognizes and reports that originally the Israelites were not monotheists but actively engaged in idolatry and worshipped many foreign, non-Jewish Gods besides Yahweh and/or instead of him, such as Baal, Astarte, Asherah, Chemosh, Dagon, Moloch, Tammuz, and more, and ...

What are examples of idolatry? ›

Worshiping an idol or a person other than God is an example of idolatry. The admiration of somebody or something. The worship of idols.

Is praying to Mary idolatry? ›

They point to statues of Mary in Catholic churches and Catholics praying the Hail Mary as indisputable evidence of idolatry, blasphemy or other heresies. But although many condemn Catholics' treatment of Mary as straying from biblical truths, the truth is Marian devotion is firmly rooted in biblical teachings.

What is the punishment for idolatry? ›

Historically, the punishment for idolatry was often death. The Bible describes how the ancient Israelites, despite being strictly warned not to do so, repeatedly engaged in idolatry and were therefore punished severely by the Lord.

How do you remove idols from your heart? ›

How to Remove Idols
  1. Remove and Destroy the False Idols. Not only did King Asa remove the false idols, the scriptures state he smashed them! ...
  2. Seek the Lord. ...
  3. Obey God's Laws and Commands. ...
  4. Strengthen Ourselves. ...
  5. Don't Give Up.

What is wrong with idol worship? ›

There is a crucial issue that all those who abuse Hindu idol-worship do not quite get. No Hindu is under the impression that the idol or image is in fact God or the demi-god of choice. We are perfectly aware that it is only a representation of an idea; and therefore we do not worship it but the idea behind it.

What does God consider an idol? ›

Idols are anything that you give your life to. That you pour every ounce of your energy into in hopes of it bringing you the things you desire in return. Anything you place above God.

Why do Catholics worship Mary instead of Jesus? ›

The Catholic Church teaches that Mary is the Mother of God, that she is to be venerated as the Mother of God, and that she intercedes for us to secure our salvation. This is why Catholics love and respect her and pray to her as the Mother of God. Mary acts as the true mediator between God and humanity.

Who created the rosary? ›

A: Some people believe Saint Dominic to be the initiator and promoter of the rosary, and that he had received the rosary from Our Lady. In fact, it was Dominic of Prussia and Alanus de Rupe who were the actual pioneers of the rosary prayer. This happened in the fifteenth century. Dominic the Carthusian (St.

Is rosary in the Bible? ›

A: As you know the bible does "not" tell us to pray the Rosary because this form of prayer originated only during the middle ages. However, important elements of the Rosary are biblical and/or belong to the common Christian beliefs.

What did Jesus say about other religions? ›

Jesus' clearly exasperated answer is simply to follow the way that he has been showing them – the way of unconditional love; nothing else is needed nor will do. Jesus was not talking to people of another religion, nor even talking about people of other religions.

What false gods are mentioned in the Bible? ›

Nevertheless, the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament itself recognizes and reports that originally the Israelites were not monotheists but actively engaged in idolatry and worshipped many foreign, non-Jewish Gods besides Yahweh and/or instead of him, such as Baal, Astarte, Asherah, Chemosh, Dagon, Moloch, Tammuz, and more, and ...

How many gods exist? ›

Anthropologists estimate that at least 18,000 different gods, goddesses, and various animals or objects have been worshipped by humans since our species first appeared. Today, it is estimated that more than 80 percent of the global population considers themselves religious or spiritual in some form.

Who are the 12 pagan gods? ›

Below is a list Each of the following Di Consentes had a Greek counterpart, noted in parenthesis.
  • Jupiter (Zeus) Supreme King of the gods. ...
  • Juno (Hera) Queen of the Roman gods and goddesses. ...
  • Minerva (Athena) ...
  • Neptune (Poseidon) ...
  • Venus (Aphrodite) ...
  • Mars (Ares) ...
  • Apollo (Apollo) ...
  • Diana (Artemis)

What is pagan worship in the Bible? ›

Pagan is derived from the Late Latin paganus, which was used at the end of the Roman Empire to name those who practiced a religion other than Christianity, Judaism, or Islam. Early Christians often used the term to refer to non-Christians who worshiped multiple deities.

Did god have a wife? ›

God had a wife, Asherah, whom the Book of Kings suggests was worshiped alongside Yahweh in his temple in Israel, according to an Oxford scholar. God had a wife, Asherah, whom the Book of Kings suggests was worshipped alongside Yahweh in his temple in Israel, according to an Oxford scholar.

Here are 25 Important Bible Verses About Witchcraft And Witches! What does the Bible say about witchcraft? What is the biblical definition of witchcraft?

It’s sad that now there is witchcraft in the church and so-called men of God are allowing this to happen.. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead.. It is because the other nations have done these detestable things that the Lord your God will drive them out ahead of you.. But you must be blameless before the Lord your God.. He failed to obey the LORD’s command, and he even consulted a medium instead of asking the LORD for guidance.. 1 John 5:18-19 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.. Anyone who does what is good is from God.. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.. 1 John 4:1-3 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.. Revelation 9:20-21 But the people who did not die in these plagues still refused to repent of their evil deeds and turn to God.. Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.

What does idolatry look like today? Idol worship today is surprisingly modern and examples are everywhere. Let's look at the 6 most prominent idols we have today.

By that definition even good things can become idols when we make them the ultimate things in our lives.. So, what is an idol?. An idol is something that we have placed above God.. Now that we know what an idol is and have a good idolatry definition, let’s switch gears and look at what modern day idols are still worshiped.. With that in mind here’s 10 modern days idols we still worship today.. Whether it be our social media following, our position at work, our abilities/skills, or the achievements we are after, many have their identity wrapped up in the wrong thing.. Many have placed more value on who they are, rather than in God.. It’s an idol.. I’m simply pointing out that maybe part of the problem is we’ve made our jobs an idol.. Sex might be the only thing we think about more than money.. This is a list of things that can take the place of God in our lives.. That’s idol worship.

Bible Verses for Making Decisions Today we’ll be talking about some of the best Bible verses and Christian quotes that you can use to guide you in your decision-making. We make tens of thousands of decisions in a day which begs the question: how can we ensure that we’re making the right decisions?   Table of Contents Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) James 1:5 (NIV) 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) Proverbs 18:13 (NIV)  Matthew 16:26 (NIV) Joshua 24:15 (NIV) Proverbs 1:7 (NIV) Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)  Psalm 37:7 (NIV)  Proverbs 13:20 (NIV)    1. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) Far too often, we trust in our own hearts. We let our heart’s desires lead us down paths that result in sin and destruction. Yet what Solomon is telling us here in Proverbs is to rather trust in the LORD with all of our hearts and to not trust in our own understanding. This would have been groundbreaking for the Israelites in the time of Solomon considering the fact that the very thing that Israel always struggled with was trusting in their own hearts and motives over God’s. They thought that they knew best and it always led them down the wrong paths to judgement. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (NIV) We cannot trust our own hearts and the decisions which come out of them. Rather, we must lean on the Lord’s understanding instead of our own in all things and He will make our paths straight. He will make our decision-making blessed when we trust in Him rather than in ourselves. 2. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” – James 1:5 (NIV) If we are seeking wisdom in our decision-making, James makes it quite simple for us. He tells us to just ask God for wisdom and we will receive it. After all, did Solomon not simply ask God for wisdom and it was given to him in great measure? Sometimes wisdom isn’t revealed to us because we don’t ask for it. Or, as James covers in chapter 4 of his book, we ask with the wrong intentions and the wrong purpose in mind. If you are looking for wisdom in order to make good decisions that honor the Lord in all that you do, ask Him for it and be honest with Him about it. In Matthew 7:11, Jesus says, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (NIV) Sometimes we doubt that God knows what is good for us. We don’t ask Him to fulfill His will because we are scared of what may come out of it. Yet Jesus tells us, our Heavenly Father knows how to give good gifts to those who ask Him. When you are seeking wisdom for your decision-making, simply talk to the Lord and ask Him to give it to you with the right intentions and listen to what He says. If you want to learn more about praying and how to place your requests before God, you can read this article about prayer.  3. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) Sometimes when we are looking for help in making decisions, we forget that God has already given us a perfect manual for how to live our lives. In 2 Timothy, Paul is writing to Timothy to encourage him as a leader and to build him up in Paul’s absence. Anyone who has ever been in the position of a leader can tell you that it isn’t easy!  Being a leader means making a lot of tough decisions on behalf of an entire group of people. If anyone needed help and guidance in making decisions, it was Timothy at this time. Yet what does Paul point him to? He points Timothy back to the Scriptures, for they are the word of the Lord. What else could possibly bring more wisdom and guidance in making good and God-honoring decisions? Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (NIV) The Bible is not just a book that sits on our nightstands and collects dust. It is the living eternal Word of God that holds infinite amounts of biblical wisdom in its passages that is sitting there waiting for us to unpack. Could we ever hope for a better source of wisdom for making decisions than the very words which are within Scripture?  When you are in the process of making decisions, never forget to consult the Word of God as your primary source of wisdom. If you make a decision that is in line with what Scripture says, you know that you are making a good decision.  Read this other article that I wrote, If you want to know more about knowing God through His Word. 4. “To answer before listening – that is folly and shame.” – Proverbs 18:13 (NIV)  Especially in the world that we live in today, it can be easy to want to make split-second decisions. We often make decisions off the top of our heads before we even take into account all of the information at our disposal. Solomon in his wisdom tells us here in Proverbs that this style of living is foolish and shameful. True wisdom takes thought, effort, and intentionality to come to fruition. We must take the time when making decisions to witness what God is telling us before we go making a decision based on what our hearts say. Likewise, in Proverbs 13:16, Solomon says, “All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly.” (NIV) We must be people of knowledge and thought before we act. Going with what has been said previously, when making big decisions we have to take into account what Scripture says, what God is saying to us, and what logically makes sense. The people of God should not act out of emotion but rather out of reason and out of God’s guidance. When you make decisions in your life, think before you act. Do not give an answer before you hear what God is saying to you. If you want to learn more check out this article about spending personal time with God.  5. “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” – Matthew 16:26 (NIV) Sometimes I think a question that we miss when making decisions is: is this decision good for my soul? Is this decision good for my heart? It’s far too easy to get so caught up in the culture that we live in of gaining things that we forget about how it affects us and our souls. In Proverbs 4:23, Solomon says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (NIV)  How are your decisions affecting your heart and soul? Are they causing damage to them that may be irreparable? Or are they pointing your heart and soul back to God and to Christ? Are they keeping your heart pure?  If you’ve made some decisions that have damaged your heart, check out this article: https://www.christianwalls.com/blogs/news/22-bible-verses-for-a-broken-heart 6. “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15 (NIV) Every single day, we face this choice that Joshua placed before the Israelites. The Israelites kept falling into idolatry and running away from God. Joshua saw this and told them that they had to choose one or the other. Every day, we face the choice between idols that we have made and the real God that sits on the throne of heaven. We don’t make that choice with one big choice, we make it through each and every one of the decisions we make throughout the day. Even Jesus was tempted with this when He spent time in the wilderness after His baptism. Matthew 4:8-11 says, “Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. ‘All this I will give you,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”’ Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” (NIV).  When you’re making decisions, it’s a good rule of thumb to measure whether those decisions are to honor the Lord or to honor an idol that you have set up in your life. Think about this the next time you make a decision. Who are you being faithful to with that decision? 7. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – Proverbs 1:7 (NIV) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. This isn’t a cowering in the corner kind of fear, but rather a fear of reverence. It is a fear that understands who you are in comparison to who God is. It is a fear that leads us to awe in light of God’s glory. Solomon tells us that this kind of fear is the beginning of strong wisdom in decision-making.  In Isaiah 55:9, God says, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (NIV) We must always remember where God fits in when we are making decisions. If we want to make good decisions, understanding who we are in relation to who God is happens to be a big key in the process. God’s ways and thoughts are much higher than ours so how could we not consult Him and ask Him for help when we are making decisions? 8. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)  It’s important to note here that Paul most likely penned these verses on the floor of a prison cell. Paul went through a lot in his day; likely more than any of us will ever go through. Needless to say, he of all people knew how to find peace and comfort with God. Many times when we make decisions, we fight with finding that peace that we made the right decision. Yet here, Paul has given us the key. The secret (which isn’t so secret) is to submit your decisions and requests before God and He will grant you peace. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus invites us by saying, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (NIV) Jesus can bring us rest and peace when we are making tough decisions. We just have to go about it the right way and submit our thoughts and requests before the Lord. He will bring us peace that surpasses all understanding.  9. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” – Psalm 37:7 (NIV)  It is no secret that we live in a world of instant gratification. We tend to want what we want and we want it now. The same goes for making decisions. We want answers from God about what we should do and we want them now! Yet the Bible calls us to a different kind of thinking. This verse in Psalms calls us to wait on the Lord and to rest in Him as we wait. It also calls us to ignore what other people are doing and to focus on what God is doing.  Psalm 46:10 tells us, “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’” (NIV) Sometimes we just get so wrapped up in trying to make a decision that we forget to listen to God, the One who will be exalted regardless of what happens. If you are in the process of making a decision, just take some time to be still and listen to God. What do you feel Him telling you? 10. “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” – Proverbs 13:20 (NIV)  The last verse we’re going to look at about making decisions has to do with who you spend time with and who you take advice from. It’s important to ask for advice from people, but it’s even more important that those people are wise and godly. Sometimes we ask people for advice not because we trust them to give good advice, but because we know that they’ll agree with our thinking. Instead, be careful to walk with wise and godly people who can truly discern the will of God and help you make a good decision. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (NIV) Who are you letting sharpen you and what are you letting them sharpen you with? Choose wisely who you let advise you and affect your making of decisions.   Overall, making a good and wise decision is a difficult thing to do. It takes time, thought, effort, and intentionality to truly discern what it is that God is calling you to do. Yet in the end, it is worth it beyond words. Find wisdom and rest in the person of God and He will make your paths straight.

Yet what Solomon is telling us here in Proverbs is to rather trust in the LORD with all of our hearts and to not trust in our own understanding.. Who can understand it?” (NIV). If you make a decision that is in line with what Scripture says, you know that you are making a good decision.. We must take the time when making decisions to witness what God is telling us before we go making a decision based on what our hearts say.. We must be people of knowledge and thought before we act.. Is this decision good for my heart?. We don’t make that choice with one big choice, we make it through each and every one of the decisions we make throughout the day.. Think about this the next time you make a decision.. Solomon tells us that this kind of fear is the beginning of strong wisdom in decision-making.. If we want to make good decisions, understanding who we are in relation to who God is happens to be a big key in the process.. The same goes for making decisions.

(Nebuchadnezzar Puts the Heat on the Hebrews) Introduction The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego is a story we all know well. Who does not know how these three Hebrews were cast into the fiery furnace and came out alive? Familiarity with the story of the fiery furnace is one of two major obstacles which prevents us from benefitting from this passage as we should. We are told automobile accidents often happen close to home. Because we are so familiar with the area, we pay less attention.

The Jews, however, worshipped God alone.. 44 Daniel’s three Hebrew friends were numbered among the political leaders, thanks to Daniel’s recommendation and the promotion given them by Nebuchadnezzar himself (see Daniel 2:48-49).. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up” (Daniel 3:16b-18).. Nebuchadnezzar blessed the God of these three Hebrews, as the God who had delivered them from death.. In chapter 3, the king clearly understands the issue is over whose god is more powerful, his god or the God of the Hebrews.. for Nebuchadnezzar?. Deliverance comes from God, to the people of God.

Introduction Hosea the Prophet Hosea was a prophet who lived and prophesied just before the destruction of Israel in 722 BC. He preached to the northern kingdom. Throughout the book you will see that he refers to Israel and Ephraim. Ephraim was the largest tribe in Israel and sometimes the whole nation was referred to as Ephraim. Hosea's Marriage (1:2-3:5) Hosea was commanded to take a wife who would become a prostitute as an example of God's relationship with Israel. Hosea was to manifest God's patience and love.

If Jeroboam had really been worshipping God, he would have seen God's glory and his own sinfulness and wanted to do God's will, even if that meant reuniting the kingdom.. So this shows that they didn't recognize that God was the true source of their blessings, and in the same way, we don't recognize that God is the true source of happiness and all that we have. Maybe we don't totally forsake God, but we mix our dependence on God with our dependence on other things.. Even in the midst of studying about God and filling my head with knowledge about God, when the problems and trials came, and there were a number of them, I found myself thinking and saying things like...”God caused my children to have another ear infection to drain our finances ...” or “God caused the car to break down to drain our finances ...” etc.. Start Depending on God We don't want to depend completely on God because we fear that He won't come through.. It seemed to me that Jacob was almost saying to God, “Come through for me God.

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This is why Paul then closes his letters with the words “grace be with you.” Paul knows that the word of God’s gospel is powerful, bringing the irresistible call of salvation to those who belong to God and supplying the strength of our faithful God to sustain them all the way to their glorification, so he confidently bookends his letters with “grace to you” and “grace .. When the Scriptures say Jesus identifies himself as the Son of God, then, they are not just pointing out that Jesus is in relationship to the Father as a human son is to his father, but that Jesus is in relationship to the Father as very God to very God.. The doctrine of general revelation does not claim that everything we need to know about God and his gospel in Christ is intelligible from the natural world—gospel knowledge necessitates what is called “special revelation,” which refers to God’s Word in the flesh (Jesus) and God’s Word written down (the Bible).. Paul writes in Romans 3:25 that God put Christ forward “as a propitiation by his blood.” Propitiation is a great theological term that refers to the turning away of God’s wrath.. In Romans 5:18, Paul explains how sin has come to “all” because of Adam’s sin, and how, similarly, the grace of God in Christ comes to all.. Paul will return to explore the promises of God in relation to the salvation of Israel and in relation to the mission to the Gentiles once again in subsequent chapters, but in Romans 6–7, the author zooms in to show us how God’s grace not only justifies, but actually changes people.. Romans 8 summarizes and drives home to the human heart the implications of our salvation presented in Romans 1–7 and prepares the way for Paul to discuss the relationship between Jews and Gentiles in God’s plan (Romans 9–11, 15) and the practical outworking of life in the Spirit (Romans 12–14).. Paul prays for his readers in Romans 16:25–27, claiming that God is able to strengthen them “according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ” (Rom.

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