Some idols are obvious others are more subtle. An idol can bring some form of pleasure, but it cannot produce the fruit of peace, it will often be a root of strife.
The question to ask is what in your life is currently robbing you of peace?
What has become master over you?
The more subtle idols are those that actually appear godly and some of them are as follows: gifts and callings, ministry, titles and position, church programs, platforms, leaders in the body, business, social media etc.
Even a prophetic word spoken over you can become an idol and a source of pride.
Some idols have come about as the result of you trying to fulfill a word spoken over you.
In fear and impatience you tried to make the word come to pass in the flesh and created an Ishmael. The Ishmael is now a burden in your life and you know it.
Ask the LORD to help you cast out the idols in your life as you are going to need His strength and leading here.
Pride will be the greatest obstacle to releasing that which is not of Him.
From personal experience, I have been obedient and followed the LORD’s instruction when He wanted me to let go of something which always proved the right thing to do in the end.
On occasion I have also been disobedient and resisted letting go of certain things, and in the end He stripped it from my life which always proved painful.
Lastly, I just want to speak on substitution.
The LORD is stripping idols from hearts so that He can take His rightful position in your life in ALL areas.
There is a fleshly tendency to substitute one idol for another. It is like someone who may quit drinking and then takes up gambling… this is substitution. Beware of this!
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid,” John 14:27 (NIV)
~ Ashley Hutheram
Ashley Hutheram – a son of God in Christ Jesus.