Getting to the heart of it

How are you doing in the war for control of your heart?  Have you set up idols in your heart?  (Ezek 14:1-5)

“An idol of the heart is anything that rules me other than God…. If God isn’t ruling my heart, someone or something else will.  It is the way we were made.”

“We all migrate away from worship and service of the Creator toward worship and service of the created thing.  This is the great spiritual war beneath every battle of behavior—the war for control of the heart.” 

(Paul Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, pg66)

 Then certain of the elders of Israel came to me and sat before me. And the word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, these men have taken their idols into their hearts, and set the stumbling block of their iniquity before their faces. Should I indeed let myself be consulted by them? Therefore speak to them and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Any one of the house of Israel who takes his idols into his heart and sets the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face, and yet comes to the prophet, I the LORD will answer him as he comes with the multitude of his idols, that I may lay hold of the hearts of the house of Israel, who are all estranged from me through their idols.
(Ezekiel 14:1-5 ESV)

 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
(Romans 1:21-25 ESV)

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