Genesis 2:7 (NIV84) the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being (nephesh/soul).
Exodus 20:3–5 (NIV84) “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything… You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…
Deuteronomy 4:16-19 So do not corrupt yourselves by making an idol in any form...whether a man or a woman, an animal on the ground, a bird in the sky, a small animal that scurries along the ground, or a fish in the deepest sea. And when you look up in the sky and see the sun, the moon, and the stars-all the forces of heaven...don't be seduced into worshiping them.
Psalm 24:3–4 (NIV84) Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol
Judges 6:25 (NIV84) Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it.
Psalm 84:2 (NIV84) My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
1. Think about your most recent conversations that you’ve had. Based on those conversations, what do you think people value most today?
2. Pastor Tom made the statement “We are not a body with a soul; we are first a soul with a body.” What do you think this means? How does the play into how we “detox” ourselves?
3. Read Exodus 20:3-5.
What do you think He means when God says He is a jealous God? What do you think it looks like to put something before God today?
4. Excerpt from Pastor Tom’s message:
Humans are worshipers. Worship isn’t something we do, it something we were created for. Whether you believe or do not believe, you worship something and so do I. We have to have something to worship because that’s how we were created. It may be a car. It may be sports. It may be acceptance. It may be accomplishment. It may be money. It may be popularity.
What do you think it means to be a worshiper? How can you tell what you worship? What is it that you find yourself worshipping? Why do you think that is?
5. Read Deuteronomy 4:16-19.
What are some symptoms that may indicate your soul has been seduced? What warning signs do you see in yourself? What do you do to protect your soul from being seduced?
6. Pastor Tom asked these three questions to help us identify what we worship. He asked: How do I spend my time? How do I spend my money? What do I talk about?
How would you answer these questions? What can you learn about what you worship based off of how you answer these questions?
7. Read Judges 6:25.
Excerpt from Pastor Tom’s message:
What is seducing you at this stage of your life? Once we are able to identify our idol, the scripture is crystal clear on what we do. Tear it down.
What do you think it looks like to tear down an idol in your life? Do you have any idols in your life that you feel God is asking you to tear down? What steps can you take to tear those down?
8. Read Psalm 84:2.
Excerpt from Pastor Tom’s message:
So, I don't know what it would mean for you, but if there is something that is more important in your soul than the One True God, tear the thing down. And when you tear down that space, here is the final suggestion, fill your soul with God.
What are some things you do each week to fill your soul with God? What do you think it means for your soul to yearn for God?
This week God has been using this phrase to impact me: see earth through heaven’s lens.
We were not created for this world, we were created for the Kingdom of God and His glory and our soul will never be satisfied by anything that this world has to offer.
What do you think it means to see earth through heaven’s lens? What’s one way you can see earth lens this week?
Take some time and pray that God would help you think with a kingdom mindset this week?