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How to Destroy Your Idols

How do you destroy your idols?

Destroy Your Idols

But how do you replace them?

How to Destroy Your Idols

We replace them by first putting them to death and then replacing them with the love of God. The opposite of idolatry is worship. We must remove our deathly idols that we worship and then replace it with worship of Jesus Christ.

Paul writes to the Colossians, “You have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things…put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire and greed, which is idolatry .” (Colossians 3:1-5)

Paul commands us to put our idols to death, not just down. We put our idols to death by beholding the glory of Jesus (2 Cor 3:18) and constantly setting our minds on him. Tim Keller once said, “Jesus must become more beautiful to your imagination and more attractive to your heart then your idols. That is what will replace your counterfeit god.”

If you are in Christ, you have to know that God loves you and the way he treats you is based on Jesus’ performance, not yours. You have to hear God say to you in the depths of your heart, “You are my beloved child, whom I delight. I love you and nothing you do or say, because I have chosen you and because of Jesus’ perfect performance, can change that.” Nothing will free you more like hearing that from your Creator.

All of this comes out of a lifestyle of worship. By that I mean the joyful but diligent devotion to the spiritual disciplines: Bible reading, prayer, discipleship, serving a church, corporate worship, etc. We must get the true peace and joy that can only come from Jesus and that comes as we worship him.

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About David Qaoud

David Qaoud (MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary) is associate pastor of Bethesda Evangelical Church in St. Louis, Missouri, and founder of gospelrelevance.com. His work has appeared on The Gospel Coalition, For the Church, and Banner of Truth. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and two children. Learn more.

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  1. Numbers 33:52 ?[13]
    Drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. Destroy all their carved images and their cast idols, and demolish all their high places.

  2. y3shuA imMANu3l

    Mark 12:
    13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. 14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? 15 Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”
    But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16 They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”
    “Caesar’s,” they replied.
    17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”
    And they were amazed at him.