In Ezekiel 14:1-5 “Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me. And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them? Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols; That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.”
With the high rate of increase of industrialization in the world today added to the massive speed of civilization and high learning swiping across the globe, devil has decided to go scientific. In addition to the fact that the whole world becoming computer literate, the power of darkness has computerized his manipulative schemes, and wickedness. With the speed of massive effect of the gospel of salvation on the souls of men and the deeper urge for remote Christianization by the end time preachers, the practice of heathen religion, and the worship of molten and graving images has been drastically reduced. Current urge for family liberations, done by brethren who has given their lives to Christ, who understood that the greater percentage of their suffering on earth was traceable to the heathen practices, religion, sacrifices and rituals, done by their parents. This revival fire, with it’s resultant move, propelled by the Holy Ghost through the revelational knowledge of deliverance has in recent times clamped down drastically both the spread and practices of heathen religion. In a gross disappointment devil staggered seriously over this Holy Ghost inspired revival in our modern Christianity, and to regain his balance he decided to computerize idolatry.
In the days of the old testament idol worship was pronounced. All nations of the world, were engaged in idol worship. Idolatry was a state religion. It was only the children of Israel who worshiped the true God. Absence of perfect literacy of the knowledge of the true God in heaven plunged the entire universe into the worship of idols, and images. Thank God for the gospel of Christ, today – the light of salvation is gradually covering the whole earth. Surrounded with this perennial challenges, the devil quickly sprang up with deceptive measures, hidden in our modern science, and technologies, to trapping as many as are ignorant of his deception into the worship of idols and their images. With this, he could be able to keep in bondage many who psychologically are worshiping idols ignorantly. The psychological method of worshipping idols is the method void of any physical image. But, rather the images of these idols are spiritually designed to the hearts of these brethren thereby holding them bondage. With these images in their hearts it constitutes a stumbling block, a barrier between them and God. Which was why God said, in Ezekiel chapter 14 from verse one which we read, that the elders of Israel came to him to enquire from his prophet, but he will not answer them, because they have set up idols in their hearts.
It is very clear now, that idols in one’s heart could bar our relationship with God and seize the fountain of blessing from following over us. Little wonder, many have prayed, fasted, gone to mountains and camp grounds for prayers yet without answers. Today, in the city of Lagos, church prostitutions have grown to a very alarmin level because people are seeking for a place where they could receive quick answer to their prayers. But the Holy Spirit has made us to know that several times, the answer to our prayers does not depend on; the number of churches we have attended, or on how greatly anointed the man of God who prayed for us, but it depends largely on our taking away the idols in our heart. The question now is what is the idols in our hearts.
THE IDOLS IN ONE’S HEART?
There are two types of idols in the old testament: –
a) The molten images: Numbers 33:52 “Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places.”
b) The graven images: Isaiah 44:10 “Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?
From the scriptures, above an idol from the old testament concept is an image, either molded in the shape of any beast of the field or in the shape of a human being, or in a shape of a reptile. This is called molten image. It is concentrated with blood of animals and set apart as god, for worship. It also can be said to be an image carved in the likeness of any beast of the field, or reptiles and or in human image, concentrated with the blood of fouls of the air or animals and is set apart as a god for worship.
However, according to the law of conscience, idols in one’s heart is anything in you which has taken the love of God, and the place of God in your life. Whatever that is, which has taken the place of God in your heart and the love of God in your life is an idol. And if you did not take it away from your heart it would cause a stiff stumbling block between you and your creator. You see, this modern method of idol worship is complex more versed, and more complicated than the old form of idol worship. If this modern system of idol worship is well analyzed it embraces, a very wide varieties of sins and made everyone guilty of idol worshiping.
To be continued next.
I want to glorify the name of the Lord for confirming the words of his servant. There’s this construction company that I applied for job. A week later I was called for interview when I got there, I met the manager when he interviewed me for no reason he called and told me that I cannot work there, I went home disappointed. Last week Sunday I met the man of God and I narrated everything to him he prayed for me and gave me water from the altar and instructed me on how to use it which I did. After two days that same manager called me and offered a job higher than what I applied for. Join me and praise the God of chapel of Holiness and Testimony Ministry.
GREAT FINANCIAL BREAKTHROUGH
I want to glorify the name of God in my life in my family. I have been believing God for a new jeep but I was financially down. Last week Sunday, the man of God drops the key of his new jeep on the altar I went and touch it and claimed it. Within two weeks I got a big contract that enabled me bought a jeep of my choice and a landed property in Owerri, praise the Lord.
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