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Renouncing Idol Worship

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Idolatry/Counterfeit Vs. Real

"Little children, guard yourselves from idols" is the warning the apostle John gave us in 1 John 5:21 (NASB)Bible quoteLittle children, guard yourselves from idols.1 John 5 (NASB) verse 21.

An idol is a false god- any object of worship other than the one true God.

Idolatry is the ultimate sin. Since we were created to worship the true and living God, putting anyone or anything in first place but the Lord God is a heinous sin against Him and puts us in a dangerous position. The Father sees those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23Bible quoteBut the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.John 4 verse 23).

Who or what is most important to us becomes that whom we worship. Our thoughts, love, devotion, trust, adoration, obedience, money, and time spent are directed to this object above all others. This object of worship is truly our God or our god.

Though we may not bow down to statues, as did the Israelites of old, and like those in other cultures and religions in the present world, it is easy for us to make people and things of this world subtly more important to us than the Lord Himself. Now, pray this prayer from your heart, to express the commitment of your heart that chooses to "worship the Lord your God and serve Him only." (Matthew 4:10Bible quoteThen saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.Matthew 4 verse 10)

Dear Heavenly Father, I know how easy it is to allow other things and other people to become more important to me than You. I also know that this is terribly offensive to Your Holy eyes since You have commanded that I "shall have no other gods before You" (Exodus 20:3Bible quoteThou shalt have no other gods before me.Exodus 20 verse 3). I confess to You that I have not loved You with all my heart and soul and mind (Matthew 22:37Bible quote Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.Matthew 22 verse 37), and as a result I have sinned against You, violating the first and greatest commandment. I repent of and turn away from this idolatry and now choose to return to You, Lord Jesus, as my first love once again (Revelation 2:4-5Bible quote(verse 4) Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

(verse 5) Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.Revelation 2 verses 4-5
). Please reveal to my mind now any and all idols in my life. I want to renounce each of them, and in so doing, cancel out any and all ground Satan may have gained in my life through idolatry. In the name of Jesus, the one true God. Amen.

Use the checklist below to help recognize those areas that have been a trap for you. Notice that most (if not all) of these areas are not evil in themselves; they become idols when they usurp God's rightful place as Lord of our lives. (Note family issues with an "F")

___Knowledge, Being right
___Money, Possessions
___Sports, physical fitness
___Computers, Games, Software
___Financial Security
___Hobbies, Collecting things
___Position, Credentials, Degrees
___My work
___Popularity, Opinion of others
___Drugs, Alcohol, Food, Any substance
___Fun, Pleasure
___TV, Movies, Music, Internet, Other media
___Appearance, Image
___Rock stars, Media celebrities, Athletes
___Boyfriend, Girlfriend
___Busyness, Activity
___Church, Christian activities, Ministries
___Power, Control
___Ancestors, Heritage, Forefathers
___Individuals [name them]
___My opinions

As the Holy Spirit brings to your mind the things or people that have become more important to you than the One True God, Jesus Christ, use the prayer below to renounce them now.

In the Name of the true and living God, Jesus Christ, I renounce my worship of the false gods of ______________. I choose to worship only You, Lord, and ask You, Father, to enable me to keep all these areas in their proper place in my life. I renounce idolatry and all it’s effect in my life (marriage, family and ministry). Thank You that I am forgiven. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, [that] I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land. Zechariah 13:2


Form A1b - Rev. 6-08.

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