JWH | Notes & Thoughts
The following are quotes and questions from a sermon preached on January 8, 2016
Counterfeit Gods: (Timothy Keller) “What is an idol? It is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give.”
Counterfeit Gods: (Timothy Keller) “When we are completely immersed in a society of people who consider a particular idolatrous attachment normal, it becomes almost impossible to discern it for what it is.”
David Powlison, a counselor with the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation, offers these questions that you can ask yourself to find your idols.
1) What do I worry about the most?
2) What, if I failed or lost it, would cause me to feel that I did not even want to live?
3) What do I use to comfort myself when things go bad or get difficult?
4) What do I do to cope? What are my release valves? What do I do to feel better?
5) What preoccupies me? What do I daydream about?
6) What makes me feel the most self-worth? Of what am I the proudest? For what do I want to be known?
7) What do I lead with in my conversations?
8) Early on what do I want to make sure that people know about me?
9) What prayer, unanswered, would make me seriously think about turning away from God?
10) What do I really want and expect out of life? What would really make me happy?
11) What is my hope for the future?