Tag: Sin

Keep your hearts from idols

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“Son of man, these men have set up idols in their heart!” Ezekiel 14:3

“Their hearts were devoted to their idols!” Ezekiel 20:16

Whatever a man depends upon, whatever rules his mind, whatever governs his affections, whatever is the chief object of his delight–is his god.

Man is such an idolater that, if he cannot idolize anything else–he will idolize himself, and bow down and worship himself!

If you love anything better than God–you are idolaters. If there is anything you would not give up for God–it is your idol. If there is anything that you seek with greater fervor than God–that is your idol.

True conversion is a turning from every idol!

“They tell how you turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God!” 1 Thessalonians 1:9

“Dear children, keep yourselves from idols!” 1 John 5:21

by Charles Spurgeon

Be on your guard!

J.C. Ryleby J.C. Ryle

“The Gospel of Luke” 1858

“Be on your guard, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and the cares of life–or that day will come on you unexpectedly like a trap!” Luke 21:34-35

The exhortation before us should teach us the great importance of an unworldly heart. The “cares of this life” are placed side by side with carousing and drunkenness.

Excess in eating and drinking, is not the only excess which injures the soul. There is an excessive anxiety about the innocent things of this life–which is just as ruinous to our spiritual prosperity, and just as poisonous to the soul.

Never, never let us forget–that we may make spiritual shipwreck on lawful things–as really and truly as on open vices! Happy is he who has learned to hold the things of this world with a loose hand, and to believe that seeking first the kingdom of God, “all other things shall be added to him!” Matthew 6:33

by J.C. Ryle