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Does God allow rivals?

02 Mar

Book Review: Gods at war: Defeating the idols that battle for your heartgods at war, by Kyle Idleman

Does God allow rivals? Will God allow our spouse, career, children, pleasure, control, or any other activity or desire to supplant his rightful place in our life? These seem like rhetorical questions, with the obvious answer being “No.” But why do we allow them to push God aside?

Author and pastor Kyle Idleman cuts to the heart of the matter when he exposes that each one of us struggles with idol worship. In fact, he says it is the number one issue that keeps us from living for God. He explains that at different times in our lives, we worship food, sex, entertainment, success, money, achievement, romance, family, and/or me rather than God. Each one conspires to keep us from the intimacy with God that we desire.

Idleman uses Scripture, personal examples, and current events to explain his points. Each chapter ends with practical ideas on what to do next. As he explains, it is not enough to merely identify and defeat the idol, we have to replace it with something better, namely, a relationship with God himself.

I found the book to be insightful and helpful. I chanced to read the following paragraphs on the same day the Pope gave his final address which included his feelings that “God was asleep at times.”

God withholds his blessing in the very areas in which we lift up false gods.

For example, has anyone notice any significant economic problems in our money-obsessed culture lately?

How about problems with food—obesity, junk food issues, nutritional issues?

What about sex? Anybody see any sexual dysfunction in our culture?

How about the entertainment industry? Isn’t it interesting that one of the most common complaints of our entertainment-saturated society is boredom?

We shouldn’t be surprised. After all, why would the Lord God bless us in the area that represents his greatest competition? So ask yourself: Is it possible that you’re seeing a financial drought, a sexual satisfaction drought, or some other kind of challenge, because you want it so bad that it has become a god?

Perhaps it is not that God is asleep, but that we stopped listening to him and started worshipping other gods.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com http://BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2013 in Books, Culture

 

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