Welcome back to week five of our Summer Online Bible study on the book of Hosea! Idols and Idolotrinkets…. I must admit, this week, thinking about the things that I place before God really made me re-evaluate my priorities.
We began our week learning about the lie that “God is not enough” which begins the downward spiral to idolatry, more specifically self-idolatry. Eve believed it. Gomer believed it. We believe it. While reading the lesson I thought, wait, I don’t think of myself as an idol. I’m just a girl who loves shoes and talks a lot! But when I don’t believe that God is enough and start to develop a plan where I think I can do what God says He can do, I see self-idolatry. Anyone care to own this with me?
Believing this lie, causes us to continue to go down the rabbit hole of sin, picking up one idol after another on our journey. Things that we feel we cannot live without: IDOLS.
Never in a million years did I ever think I would be like the Israelites and worship or have idols. I wasn’t thinking about the little things that I need like, shoes, my car, career, the attention of others that so easily become dominate in my life and become my idols. Silly to think that my shoes would become my idol over God. The God who saved me, the God who healed me.
But when these things become the main focus and the forefront of our thoughts, when we began spending less and less time with God and more and more time with these things, or people, they become idols and idols say that God is not enough for us. They become our identity. But my fellow Gomer Girl, we know deep down inside our hearts that these things cannot satisfy us or give us the true joy that runs deep in our souls like God can, but yet we still keep hold of them, our other loves.
But my Sisters, praise be to God that He is ever so loving and forgiving and He always provides a way back to Him. All we have to do is embrace the truth, that God is all that we need. When we place all those other things, our idols, our other loves before Him, we have nothing. But when God is first in our lives above any and everything, we are victorious!
I leave you with a scripture from this week’s lesson, Ephesians 1:18, “Open the eyes of my heart so I can see the hope to which I am called.” Pray and ask God to do this for you, so that you can be set free!
God’s unfailing Love is more than enough to satisfy any need we have!
ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK
- Attend a small group this week Select a small groupday and time that fits your schedule, all groups are open http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/
- Share some of your favorite book quotes with your social media friends and hashtag #BibleCafe so we can find them too!
- Choose a time and place where you will complete each lesson, set a reminder for your self
- Read Week/Session FIVE in your book. You’ll read one lesson per day, each lesson is about 30 minutes.
- Optional Activity: This week, write some of your idols in your journal or on a piece of paper. Next to each one, write a prayer and ask God to help you to break their power over you.
- Optional due to cost: AFTER you finish the reading assignment, watch video session Five available from Amazon or publisher website.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK
You will have the opportunity to share your answers to these questions during your small group time. You may also post them here. Consider also recording your answers in your spiritual journal.
QUESTION 1: In this season of your life, do you trust that God is enough and that He is able to manage all the areas of your life or do you have a Plan B ready just in case? What causes you not to trust God fully? Why do you trust yourself more than God?
QUESTION 2: When you think about your “little idols” what have you sacrificed, or what are you sacrificing to keep serving them?
QUESTION 3: In our lesson we read how the half-baked dough (one side is burnt and one side is raw) is like being half-hearted (take it or leave it faith – following Jesus when it is convenient) in our relationship with God. In what areas and situations does this show up in your life?
QUESTION 4: Desire is listed as one of the 6 Ds to identify our idoltrinkets. Which of the following things (a person/people; security; acceptance; identity; appearance) do you desire to have and feel you can’t live without and causes fear when you think about losing it?
QUESTION 5: (Check Up) – Hosea shows us that God loves and accepts us and that His love for us can change us. On a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being “ready to run” and 5 being “ready to change” what is your current reaction to the thought of being changed? How has your answer changed from Week One?
My Sisters, remember, Put God first, and He will provide all we need!