Idleness & Idolatry – Part 2

Closely related to idleness is idolatry. The common letter that begins both of these words is “I.” If you look up “I” in Vine’s dictionary, you will see that it means “ego,” something we all need to submit to The Great I AM.


All levels of idolatry involve exhorting our selfish ways above Holy Spirit—knowingly or unknowingly. Therefore, this makes the practice of idolatry a sin of pride that results in low-level living.

When people turn away from God and worship false gods (that can include our own mindsets), they become slaves “to the depraved ideas idols represent…and thereby, to divers lusts,” according to Vine’s. It can be “traced to lack of the acknowledgement of God and of gratitude to Him.”

What we especially need to know about idolatry, in a practical sense, is that it’s a bondage that leads to captivity of the soul, where idolaters bear little or no fruit (Is 46:2). We need to know that, in troubled times, idols will not help: They never answer or save. And they are powerless to do so (Is 46:8). 

Isaiah 44:9 TPT says that “Idol-makers amount to nothing, and the things they treasure can do no one any good. They are witnesses with blind eyes who know nothing; they will be disgraced.” In verse 11, God says idol-worshippers will be “terrified” and “put to shame.”

According to Isaiah 45:20 TPT, worshipping idols results in receiving no revelation knowledge. This is the very opposite of what Jesus came to do, which is to open our blind eyes to Him!

Knowing all of this, we can easily see that the enemy tries to use idolatry to make our efforts fruitless and disgraceful (Jn 15:5). Remember that fruitlessness is a definition of idleness (Strong’s #692). And dis-gracefulness is disempowerment, because anything dis-graceful lacks the grace-power of God. 

If you or I have felt bound up, blind, shamed, terrified or powerless, we need to ask Holy Spirit to reveal any idols in our hearts to us so we can renounce them. God tells how to renounce idols in Isaiah 46:9, saying, “Acknowledge that I am God, and there is no other.” 

The Word that came forth for this message is this:

Idolatry will look different forward. As God shifts His people into bigger, we must be especially careful to not make idols out of our pasts. Do not let memories, soul ties, fears or traumas interrupt faith for the future. We will be tested to not look back to ungodly things.


As an example, Holy Spirit highlighted Saul’s daughter, Michal, and how she was triggered when she saw King David’s wild dance (2 Sa 6:16). Her unfaithful action of attacking David’s heart and spirit proved to be the opposite of Queen Esther coming before her king, prepared and in submission to God.

Michal was un-submitted to both God and David after they both brought her into promotion. Her reaction, when she saw her king dance for his King, revealed the unfaithfulness in her own heart toward both. As a result, she was not blessed in her household (2 Sa 6:20-23).

Michal still needed to grow in faith for the new things God was doing, even though she was already seated in her promotion. 

So, as in Michal’s story, our faithfulness is key. We are to be captivated by Jesus alone, keeping our eyes on higher, renouncing all ties with lesser behaviors and un-glorified things that aren’t worth our time, energy or entanglement, including our own limited opinions.

God, in His rich mercy, has brought His righteousness closer to us all through Jesus. He is about to “break the powers of wickedness” and promote His faithful ones, who cry out to Him (Ps 75:10 TPT). He is about to make them powerful as they praise Him. He will strengthen His faithful ones by His measureless grace—those who leave all of their cares and anxieties at His feet (Ps 55:2 TPT). And choose His higher way of joy.

So, pray with me, if you will . . . 

Dear Lord, 

I turn to You and acknowledge that You are God and there is no other.

Thank You for bringing Your righteousness closer to me through Jesus for Your glory (Is 48:11 TPT).

I choose gratitude and invite You to search my heart and reveal to me any areas where I have participated in idleness or idolatry, including stubbornness and covetousness.

I renounce all forms of prideful idleness and idolatry and command these spirits to depart from me now. I break the enemy’s plots against me and choose Your plan today, Lord. 

Thank You for restoring my heart to wholeness and my mind to soundness. Thank You for setting me free, so I can walk in Your blessing to be a blessing.  

In Jesus’ Mighty Name, 


Now, I declare the blessing of Isaiah 45:8 TPT over you, which is to “Shower down righteousness, O heavens above. Let the clouds drip with deliverance! Let earth’s womb open and bear salvation’s fruit, with righteousness rising up beside it!” You, “Yahweh, have created all of them!”

And I declare, according to Isaiah 61:11 TPT, that “In the same way the earth produces its crops and seeds spring up in a garden, so will the Lord Yahweh cause righteousness and praise to blossom before all the nations!”

To Him be all glory, honor and praise!

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Vision & Strategy

Visions are based on what we gaze upon and the message Holy Spirit desires to convey. This is why it’s so important to fix our focus on God, our One True Source of divine vision. 

Holy Spirit can work through our imaginations to show us glimpses of His plan for us. Combined with revelation knowledge, this makes for wise and powerful elements of strategy that can be walked out by active faith in God’s grace.

This said, God will often outwardly demonstrate elements of His plan. 

He will bring you into what you need and will place the people and information right before you. It’s important to listen carefully because it can often happen in a flash.

Most recently, He has been impressing me with new and somewhat surprising alignments that are precisely what’s needed to accomplish next-level assignments with Him. This is His perfect fit of need-to-know, next-step information and access. And, for me, it’s coming through new and unexpected resources.

In this regard, watch for moments with anointed people, who have precise solutions to help you overcome former obstacles. These are the ones who know God and have been there and done that. 

Holy Spirit may also offer a reminder that He’s in charge of the timing. In other words, this part of His plan has been there all along waiting for you to arrive. It just wasn’t His time for you to step into it until now. 

I attended a Christian event one morning recently, in which a certain speaker shared exactly what I needed to hear to get me over an obstacle. It stopped me in my tracks, and I instantly knew it was God for me. 

The scripture Holy Spirit highlighted as a confirmation was Proverbs 24:6 TPT, which says, “Wise strategy is necessary to wage war, and with many astute advisers you’ll see the path to victory more clearly.

Then, later that evening, I attended a very different event, which involved a rodeo and dinner at a ranch. As I stood and watched cowboys get bucked off horses and bulls, it was frightening to see how dangerously close they were to being trampled. 

In this regard, Holy Spirit highlighted Proverbs 29:18 CSB, which says, “Without revelation people run wild, but one who follows divine instruction will be happy.”

This Word “happy” means to be blessed, to be joyful.

But to “run wild” means to be “ungovernable” or unsubmitted to God, which leads to confusion, disorder, rebellion and “grievous excesses, which nothing but high principles can restrain.” (Pulpit Commentary).

I felt like all of these elements provided clear illustrations for me, and also for the body of Christ-at-large, that Holy Spirit is multiplying His wisdom to us by revealing the wise counselors we need right now and that the only way His next-step blessings will prove fruitful is to agree with His instructions of wisdom and sustain them by continually walking them out with Him.

Our hearts and minds must be in tune with Him to partner with Him in His “victory-vindication” in this time of blossoming and rebuilding (Is 62:2, 61:11 TPT).

Holy Spirit also highlighted Isaiah 62:10 TPT, which says:

Pass through, pass through the gates, and go from old to new. Prepare a new path for the people. Build! Build up a highway for them to come to me! Remove every hindrance and unfurl a banner for the nations! 

God is making a way for us, through others, to make a way for others. It’s a Heavenly highway on earth as it is in Heaven. And highways are built for speed. 

No longer will it take you what felt like forever, in the secret place, to get to a certain place. You are actually already there inwardly. And now, He’s just bringing you into the outward expression of it. In this, we can find peace.

So, to keep God’s vision is to strategically walk out obedience to His written and revealed Word. Psalm 19:7-11 ESV lays it out by saying:

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

Did you hear that? “Great reward” is what we receive when we choose obedience to God’s plan for us. So, self-control is wisdom here and what more motivation do we need, except to do it simply from a heart of love and honor for Christ and His higher ways. 

Dear Lord, 

Please help us to receive, know and navigate all that is new to us Your way.

In Jesus’ Mighty Name, 


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