Read the verses below
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.
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 for your financial stability. No one is forcing you to be rich and God has His own special plans for you. Of course, you don't need to be reckless and immature with your Money, but if you are treating Money as the thing you cannot lose, you'll always be in fear of stepping into deep waters with God, where He may ask you to spend your Money or give away your possessions when you don't want to.
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. So resist letting Money become your god, because it will fail you. The only One who never fails is God, the great Potter.
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 Money 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.
Think of something you own that if God asked you right now to give up, you would be extremely upset. Think specifically. What 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 Money, then follow the directions on this page. Quiet your heart and prepare to hear from God.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Worshiping the idol of Money 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 and tell you that you need money to live, so what's the harm in getting as much as you can?
Idolizing Money 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 trying to gain Money, 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, having money should be something on your Priority List, but it 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 Money and possessions in your life while He's standing right there, ready to bring you true wealth that you could never imagine.
Tell Him right now how sorry you are for cutting Him short of the worship and glory He deserves from you.
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 you getting paid, keeping your possessions, 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 Money? The answer is 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 lot of money right now, or the reason why people are bothering the things that belong to you. 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 Money.