The Way Back To Sanity 

  
Make a list of all the things you couldn’t live without….. 

Most likely it will also be those things you are making an idol. 

Many people, even Christians today don’t believe or recognize they are struggling with idolatry.  

Years ago I remember when I heard that 

Anything competing for heart space with God is an idol. 

I was so convicted. 
Ouch! I discovered I had a ton of idols.  

What are some things that compete with God? 

Well, for me, some of them over the years were:

Smoking cigarettes 

Drinking alcohol

Food

Sex

Physical appearance

Shopping

People

Approval

Religious service

Volunteering

Career

Work

Home

Computers

Designer Brands

My children

My husband

My phone

Facebook

Secular Music

Reading 

Recovery 

Recognition

Television 

Unforgiveness 

Bitterness

Shame

Guilt 

God doesn’t want to be your first and best God, He wants to be your Only God! 

Today on my 10 for 10 download of my Fasting Experience, God wanted to remind me how easily something, even something good, can take over and start to become an idol. 

He also reminded me that some people will always question the legitimacy of what we say, but no one can question the fact of a transformed life.   

When things start to feel out of balance or insane there is only one way back to sanity…. 

We have to put things back in order and remove anything that takes our time or priority over God. 

                ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 
Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. ~1 John 5:21 NIV 

Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. ~1 John 5:21 TLB 

John ends this letter by reminding us who the true God is and warning us not to let anything take God’s place in our heart. He cautions against entertaining any false ideas about God, which are at the root of all false religious systems. Recovery involves elimination of not only all wrong ideas about God, but also any material substitutes for Him and all controlling sins. Recovery means putting God back in His rightful place as the absolute Lord of our life. Someone has said, “only Jesus Christ is able to control a persons life without destroying it.” In a restored relationship with God, the submission of our life and will to His control is the way back to sanity. ~Life Recovery Bible 

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