Clear the Stage
Clear the stage and set the sound and lights ablaze, if that's the measure you must take to crush the idols. Jerk the pews and all the decorations, too -- until the congregation's few, then have revival. Tell your friends that this is where the party ends and that until you're broken for your sins, and you can't be social. Then seek the Lord and wait for what He has in store, and know that great is your reward, so just be hopeful. 'Cause you can sing all you want to and still get it wrong; worship is more than a song!
1Corinthians 8:5-7 – “For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) 6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. 7 Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.” 1Corinthians 10:19-22 – “What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? 20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. 22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?”
Anything I put before my God is an idol -- cell phone, TV, job, family, “religion”, smoking, eating, painting, reading … Anything I want with all my heart or give all my love to is an idol -- that new house, new car, friends at church, boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife … Anything I can't stop thinking of is an idol -- images on the computer screen, that girl, that guy, your job … fill in the blank. Anything you give more of your time, talents or treasures to than God … anything … is an idol! The Lord God Almighty should be our ‘American Idol!’
Mark 12:30 - “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” Take a break from all the plans that you have made and sit at home alone and wait for God to whisper. Beg Him to please open up His mouth and speak. Pray for real upon your knees until they blister! Shine the light on every corner of your life until the pride and lust and lies are in the open. Then read His Word and put to test the things you've heard, until your heart and soul are stirred and rocked and broken. We must not worship something that's not even worth it! Clear the stage ... make some space for our God, Who deserves it! The most subtle form of idolatry is the pride that secretly worships self. This song attacks the roots of pride with heartfelt worship. Today’s Song – Watch/Listen: “Clear the Stage” – Artist: Jimmy Needham