No place for idol gods in our lives.
Exodus 20:3 - Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
When we think of idol gods the first thing that comes to mind is worshipping a bronze statute, or chanting, or some other ritual associated with idol worship. Our minds never focus on the things we hold dear to our hearts and often put before God.
The Bible declares God is a jealous God. He will not tolerate anything or anyone stealing His glory. He commanded that we should not have any other gods before Him. The reality is we can make anything an idol, and begin to worship it. How do you know when you start worshipping other things? Easily, because it interferes with your service to God, some people worship their possessions. They cannot pause long enough to go to the house of the Lord because they must stay at home and spend time with their possessions. It may be a money, house, car, clothing, furniture, relationships etc.
An idol god is anything that causes you separation from God, and it consumes most of your time. An idol god is anything you place before God or take the place of God in your life. An idol god is anything you feel you cannot give up if God requires you to give it up. Material possessions will pass away one day. The only security we have is in God and the gift of eternal life that He promised to those who believe.
God has blessed us with things to enjoy on this earth. It was not His intent for us to fall in love with the things of the world. Nothing should take the place of God in our lives. A good test to take to see if you are worshipping things is, if God suddenly asked you to give it up could you? If we are holding on to earthly possessions we must pray diligently and ask God to remove that hindrance from our lives. Ask God to reveal the things you have made into an idol in your life. Nothing is more important than our everlasting covenant with God.
Deuteronomy 4:24 - For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God