There’s a Hole in My Soul
October 4, 2020
The unlimited neediness of the soul matches the unlimited grace of God.
These men have set up idols in their hearts. (Ezekiel 14:3)
I am the Lord your God…you shall have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:2-3)
You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them… (Exodus 20:4-5)
An idol 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.
“An idol is usually whatever rouses and attracts me so easily that I give my time, my attention, my energy and my money to it effortlessly.”—Pastor Martin Lloyd-Jones
Idolatry can turn a good thing into an absolute thing, and that can ruin everything. Idolatry is built on a lie.
Idols come from legitimate desires that are being expressed in illegitimate ways.
What does it profit a man if he gains the world but loses his soul? (Mark 8:36)
“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every person, and it can never be filled by any created thing.”
- My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? (Psalm 42:2)
- I stretch out my hands to You; My soul longs for You, as a parched land. (Psalm 143:6 NASB)
- Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. (Psalm 33:20)
- Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul (Psalm 25:1 KJV)
- My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. (Psalm 63:8 ESV)
- For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. (Psalm 62:1 ESV)
The garden God created represents God’s great desire for “being with.”
…heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day. (Genesis 3:8)
Where are you? (Genesis 3:9) God was really asking, “Where are you in relation to me?”
The LORD was with Joseph. (Genesis 39:2)
…and you will call him Immanuel. (Matthew 1:23)
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (John 15:5 KJV)
…that they might be with him. (Mark 3:14)
I have set the LORD always before me. (Psalm 16:8 KJV)
We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
The best place to start doing life with God is in small moments.
People will look different when I see them with God.
From now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. (2 Corinthians 5:16)
- Discuss the following statement “The truth is, the soul’s infinite capacity to desire is the mirror image of God’s infinite capacity to give.” What if the real reason we feel like we never have enough is that God is not yet finished giving?The unlimited neediness of the soul matches the unlimited grace of God.
- Pastor John said…Our soul’s problem, however, is not its neediness; it is itsfallenness. Our neediness was meant to point us to God. Instead, in our sinful, fallen condition, we fasten our minds and bodies and wills and relationships on other sources of ultimate devotion. The Bible has a name for this practice: it’s called Idolatry.
Read Exodus 20:3-6 “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand [ generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
Question:What does Idolatry look like?
- Read Ezekiel (14:3)“These men have set up idols in their hearts.”
Pastor John said “An idol 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.
Question: What are some things that become idols in people’s hearts?
- Pastor Martin Lloyd-Jones said, an idol is usually whatever “rouses and attracts me so easily that I give my time, my attention, my energy and my money to it effortlessly.”Idolatry takes good things, like a successful career, love, material possessions, even family–and turns them into ultimate things.
Question: What are some idols you have struggled with in your heart?
- Idols come from legitimate desires that are being expressed in illegitimate ways.
Read Mark 8:36 “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?”
Question: What do you think is the answer and the fulfillment of our desires? Why?