Day 4

“You must not have any other god but me.” – Exodus 20:3

 

Have you ever seen kids who have a special comfort item that they could never part with? A stuffed animal. A pacifier. An old tattered pillow case. Maybe they have a blanket like Linus in the Charlie Brown Peanuts comic. It goes where they go. The child may choose to temporarily leave it to play with another toy, but most of the time it’s never out of their sight. What happens when the item is left at Grandma’s house? If the parent realizes it first, plans go into action immediately to retrieve it quickly. If the child realizes it first, pandemonium ensues. It’s extremely difficult to console a child whose item of comfort is missing!

Before we begin to think these reactions are limited to the toddler years, think back to the last time you left your phone, wallet, or purse at home. Sure, we will not wail and drop to the ground and cry, but there are things in our lives that bring our day to a halt if we do not have them in our possession. The Bible would call these idols. Idols aren’t just golden calves or bronze statues of the past. Idols still exist and could take a very real place in our life. Anything or anyone who receives our devotion can sneak into the place of God in our lives.

When we depend on someone or something to provide what only God can in our lives, we are setting up idols. What, or who, do we praise in front of others more than we do our God who has provided us salvation? Sports teams? Politicians? Our children? A car? A bank account? If we forget to spend time in God’s word and prayer one morning, do we have the same sense of panic as if we had left our phone at home? We can ask God to show us what or whom we have put in His place of honor and for the ability to restore Him to His rightful place in our lives! Ask and be ready to listen and obey. Make God your number one obsession and see how He becomes the most important thing in your life.

  • Lisa Hadebe

    Amen,thank you God for continuing to teach me your pleasing ways.l do really have this obsession with my phone,but this 21days of prayer and fasting l decided to put my phone on the side and read the word. Amen to that.

  • True Blue

    Amen!

    • Flo Dalencour

      What a wonderful and true message. Never depend on anything or anyone. Our dependence should only be on God. And even if we forget an item that we rely on for emergencies or because we need it for work, we should not push the panic button but call on the Holy Spirit who is with us all the time. I have to say that since the Holy Spirit has become my best friend, I feel a lot more secure and confident about many things in my life. My relationship with him over the years has become magnificent. A lot of things in themselves are not bad but if we allow them to take control of our lives or allow them to control our feelings than we need to re-examine our relationship with them and ask God for better control and a stronger will around them. That was a beautiful analogy with the kids forgetting their toy and the reaction of the panic button is immediate when they realize it. As we grow older we realize by God’s GRACE and MERCY that our dependence should only be on him and he should always remain our first love. Thank you. R Florence.

  • Kimberly M

    I gave up Facebook for the fast. I didn’t realize how I had become addicted to checking it all the time and looking at what was going on with others instead of realizing I was not giving that time to God. I am enjoying the fasting prayer to see what God has for me next.

    • Izzy Isabel Avila-Valdivia

      Amen! Me too

    • Tabitha

      I gave up Facebook too. The past four days have been refreshing focusing on God instead of all that other junk, I have such a peace in my soul.

  • Donna Finley

    I deleted my Facebook account several months ago after realizing that by looking at others posts and by watching others daily lives, it was beginning to make me feel that my life was not full and I came to realize that this was coming from the devil and not of the Lord. I began refocusing on my walk with the Lord, volunteering every chance I could and joining a woman’s group and my life has become much fuller and fulfilling. This 21 day fast is a daily reminder that my focus needs to be on the Lord and not the things of this world. Praise God that we have the leadership of Christ Fellowship Church to continually remind us that we are placed on this earth for God’s purpose, not ours!

  • Dan Smith

    This is so true, for me I gave up every form of social media, facebook, snapchat, instagram because that’s where all my focus was. From the minute I woke up I was in my phone scrolling all those sites before I even open my mouth to pray. This 21 day fast is truly opening my eyes to what’s really important.

    • isma Mclaughlin

      So am i

    • Verania Velazquez

      Praise God Almighty! I was the same way. Huge eye opener & we are only on day four.
      God bless! 🙌

  • Cassandra

    Love this message what a delight reading what the smallest things are that we don’t even think about on a daily basis of being idols we put before God! I slowed down awhile ago with this whole social media stuff and this meme I had seen was about people aren’t always what they “post” to be so beware of wanting your life to be what theirs probably isn’t…
    #21daysofprayingandfasting

  • Lauraine Tubelli

    Just so fascinating, I use to have a pillow, I always thought it was a comfort that came out of a fear from childhood. It never occurred to me that it was an idol. I’m learning trust in God in all things, means, in ALL things big and small.

  • Demetria

    What a wonderf

  • Yami Dominguez

    I gave up all social media as well as my starches. I loved Facebook as well as fatty foods, but I love the lord more. This fast is such a great experience. I enjoy reading the daily devotional and comments. It feels great to know that I am not alone in this, we are all in this together, for such a great purpose. For our King our Lord Jesus. Without him my life would never be what it is. He’s been my source of comfort even when I did not realize. It’s only been 4 days and I’ve already received a many blessings. Thank you Jesus for being you!

    • Sandra Negri

      Thanks for sharing. I also gave up Facebook and I am also fasting certain food. Amen! Praise the Holy Trinity, Father God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

  • Elaine Saramago

    I started reading today’s message and I had to stop to go get my lunch to go to work and I end up forgetting the phone. My work is about 30 mins away, I realized I had no phone because my car started acting up strange. I prayed please let me get to work and thank God I got to work. Safe with the car still working. Than I just tough about the first lines I read about the phone and what my husband says about it. Phones are just for emergencies and he is right. I don’t want to call on God only on emergencies. I like to be connected always. Please God help our daughter Gabi shine in the middle of broadway 🎭 and or any other artistic job she might find. Amem. That is my main reason for this fast. So my daughter finds the right place of work, she loves theater, movies, opera art in general she was well trained and has a lot of talent. But competition is high, but with God nothing is impossible. IM-possible

  • Verania Velazquez

    Yes I agree as well Cassandra! I let go my phone & stayed connected by my bible app & my devotionals. I had to move my social media folder away from my first page on my phone but I’ve been distance with my phone(regarding social media) & way closer to the Almighty. An amazing feeling it is. God bless you & everyone that is doing the fast I pray every has an amazing experience now & for the years to come. God bless! 🙌

  • Nancy Blocksom-Varney

    I read this this morning and thought to myself, I need to lay the phone and I pad down at night and pick up the Bible. Sometimes i get so busy that I seem to forget about the importance in my life. God and My husband. These things a distraction from reading the word. Lord God, please help me to lay all this down and spend more time with the things that really matter. You and real life. Thank you, Amen.

  • Kimberly Vickers

    I’m a day behind but still on time. I had to let go a relationship today that was an idol. Please pray that I continue to keep God first.