In this student edition of gods at war, Kyle Idleman, bestselling author of not a fan, helps us recognize there are false gods at war within each of us, and they battle for the place of glory and control in our lives. What keeps us from truly following Jesus Christ is that our hearts are pursuing something or someone else like money or popularity. While these pursuits may not be the 'graven images' of old, they are in fact modern day idols. Behind the sin you're struggling with, the fear you're dealing with, the lack of purpose you're living with is a false god that is winning the war for your heart.
gods at War by Kyle Idleman made me think. A lot. I know the Ten Commandments and have since I was little. In my mind I've always separated them into different sections. Like "Honor your Father and Mother" and "Do not Lie" was put in the 'Always work on these because they are really hard to keep.' Then there are the ones I put in the 'Never gonna happen. So I got these covered' section, like "Do not Murder". But I've never really thought that hard about the second commandment, "Do not make any idols". I've always just written that one off as irrelevant to me. Back when it was written they had tons of idols, golden cows galore. But nowadays I don't walk down the street and see someone kneeling down at a gold statue and asking me to join them. Or have I?
gods at War made me realize that while I may not see any actual golden cows laying around tempting me to worship them there is still a lot of other stuff in my life and today's world that we have turned into our golden cows. Because idols can come in any shape or size. An idol is anything we have put in Gods place.
If your like me and think that the second commandment is irrelevant to you, read this book and I'm sure you'll see commandment number two in a whole new perspective.
5 out of 5. An Afternoon Snack that is food for thought.
I was provided a copy of gods at War by Zondervan and the author in exchange for my honest review.