Child Evangelism Fellowship of SC, Inc.

Serving Florence, Darlington, Marlboro, Chesterfield and Dillon Counties

God is perfectly able to free you from your sin of idolatry. And if you're very serious about taking the steps you need to take, then you will more than likely see a change in yourself over time. Five or ten years from now it may not even be a temptation for you anymore (it will probably be replaced by something different, just to be honest). 

God has a wonderful plan for your life, and he doesn't want that plan to be missed because you are too busy planning based on what your girlfriend/boyfriend, family, or friends think. You are your own person and God has His own special plans for you. Of course, the people you Love will be very involved in that plan, but if they truly Love you back, they will understand that God is your God, and they cannot be. 

In the video, you saw people making an effort to work the blemishes out of the clay, putting their hands or tools in the right places to make that happen. God does the same with you. It takes time and you will lose a lot of unnecessary pieces, but in the end you will be a beautiful pot meant for great purpose.

​You are a work in progress, and so are the people you Love. So resist letting them become your god, because they will fail you, just like you will fail them. The only One who never fails is God, the great Potter.

Washing can always remind us that almost anything dirty and nasty can be made clean again. Washing your hands can even almost completely prevent you getting diseases! God says in Isaiah 1:18 - “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool." God wants you to be clean from the guilt and regret of your sin. He is standing with open arms. He is like a parent who wraps a child in a towel after falling into water. He doesn't want you to dwell in your sins - but instead to learn from them.

What do we tell the kids that 1 John 1:9 says? That's right. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all  unrighteousness." That verse is so much easier to tell the kids then it is to remember it for ourselves.

You already know your idolatry is a sin. You already know you're cleansed from your sin. And you know that you have to offer up your idol to God to control. But you now need to see that you are ABSOLUTELY going to fall into the temptation to idolize Love again. It's simply your sin nature. That's how it works.

​So what do you do? You know the answer. You have to tattle-tale on yourself in repentance, and God, who is just and righteous, will forgive you of that sin. You have to make it right with Him over and over and over again. 

Learn to resist the temptation as much as possible, but WHEN you fall into it, remember that God is right there still holding your hand, smiling down at you like a father holding the hand of His child.

Worshiping the idol of Love is a sin, and Jesus died for it on the cross. It's just as bad as any other sin. Your heart likes to lie to you and say that it's good to Love people, so what's the harm with putting them above everything else? 

Idolizing Love may show itself in many different ways. Did any of the questions from the Idol Quiz strike a nerve with you? Does your sin show up in the amount of time you spend with love ones, as opposed to God? Does it show in your thoughts? Or does it show in your fears?

The first step to fixing a problem is admitting that there is one. Yes, the people in your life should be number one in your Priority List, but they should never cross to the God List. Realize that what you're doing is a sin and needs to change.

In the verses above, it talks about Jesus' suffering. Have you ever been wrongfully punished for something you know someone else did? Imagine dying for that person. It's unimaginable. It seems wrong.

But Jesus knew what He was getting into. He knew that you would worship the love that you're given by people when He's standing right there, already loving you in a perfect way. 

Tell Him right now how sorry you are for cutting Him short of the worship and glory He deserves from you. 


Now is the time to go back and regroup with your chapter. If you're not going to regroup, then click on the links below and have a time of solitary worship. Praise God for all He's done for you!

Go find a sink, shower, or tub to be able to wash your hands, feet or face. Spend time really getting clean. Use lots of soap and water.

John 19:16-30

Watch a few minutes of this video about making pottery. Aaaahhhh.... satisfying. But it's a great picture of how God is always working you. He's always busy making you into a pot with a purpose!

Read the verses below

It's definitely possible that even though you're tempted the most to worship this idol, it's not something you're currently struggling with. If that's the case, then still go through the service. You may learn some helps to keep yourself from falling into that temptation when it comes.

WORSHIP

God really wants to help you learn to not worship your idol anymore. But it will definitely hurt, much like pulling a thorn from your hand.

So let's dig deep and work this out....

The root cause of every idol stems from a lack of trust. You struggle with trusting that God can take care of keeping you from being lonely, from letting the people you love get hurt, or something along those lines. You would probably never think that it was true, but if you search deep down you'll know it's there. 

So how do you trust God with your Love? It's very simple, and incredibly difficult at the same time. Trusting God takes practice. 

To start, you have to ASK GOD. Jesus says in John 16:23 - "In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." Lay down your idol as an offering to God, and he will accept it. Ask Him to give you situations to grow your trust in Him. Yes, that's a very scary thing to ask, but if you're really serious about it, sometimes God works in scary ways. 

​Maybe your trust issue with God stems from an unbelief in His wisdom. Of course, you would never say that! But all of us doubt God's wisdom from time to time. If you have asked questions to yourself like "Why would God let that bad thing happen? He should have done this instead" or maybe "It would have been much better if God has followed my plan", then you've doubted Him. So to pull yourself out of that thought process, you must realize that God is all-wise. He never makes a mistake. Now, He may not be the reason why you don't have a boyfriend right now, or the reason why your family is going through a hard time. Those may be caused by sin in the world. But He always knows what's best for you, and He always knows what's needed in situations.

Offer your idol to God for His glory, and He will show how beautiful He is, and that He can be the one to satisfy your need for Love.

So they took Jesus, 17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to  the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called  Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others,  one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19 Pilate also wrote  an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription,  for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it  was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. 21 So the chief  priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the  Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” 22  Pilate answered, “What I have written I have  written.”
23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also  his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, 24 so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the  Scripture which says,
“They divided my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.”
So the soldiers did these things, 25 but standing by the cross of  Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of  Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his  mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the  disciple,  “Behold, your mother!”  And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to  fulfill the Scripture),"I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood  there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop  branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and  gave up his spirit.


Call or text a Christian mentor of yours - someone who is quite a bit older than you. It could be a parent, a pastor, or a friend. Ask them this question - do you ever still fall into sin even though you truly know that it's wrong? See what their answer is.

Think of something you Love that if God asked you right now to give up, you would be extremely upset. Think specifically. What would it be? Who would it be? Write down what it is on a piece of paper. And try balancing it on the end of your finger. How long can you leave it there? If you're great at balancing, you'll be able to do it for a long time. But eventually your hand will get tired, right? This is a picture of how us trying to take control of our idols will never end well. Only God can help us resist trying to control them.

If you found out when you took the test that your biggest idol is Love, then follow the directions on this page. Quiet your heart and prepare to hear from God.