This is what the Sovereign LORD says: The people of Israel have set up idols in their hearts and fallen into sin, and then they go to a prophet asking for a message. So I, the LORD, will give them the kind of answer their great idolatry deserves. I will do this to capture the minds and hearts of all My people who have turned from me to worship their detestable idols.
— Ezekiel 14:4-5

In preparation for the 2019 Daniel Fast, God convicted my heart and my motives. My desire was to hear from Him, seeking His guidance and intervention with concerns in my life and my family’s. However, I approached Him with idols and an unclean heart.

 What idols are in your heart?

The passage in Ezekiel forced me to look inward at my own heart and the management of my time, talents, and finances. Each day, God gifts us with 1,440 minutes and the responsibility to steward His time. By writing down each activity of my day and the time appropriated, I discovered I had replaced pieces of my heart with worldly idols. Like the people of Israel, I too had allowed the culture/environment to steer my heart, my abilities, and my time. Because I couldn’t maintain and endure, slowly my heart began to turn away from the Lord.

Do we only honor God with our mouths instead of our hearts?

The Lord said: These people approach me with their speeches to honor me with lip-service—yet their hearts are far from me, and human rules direct their worship of me.
— Isaiah 29:13
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
— Psalm 19:14

 

 

There were days I was eliminating the white space of my calendar with idols, allowing only 30 minutes of my 1,440 for my daily quiet time with God. Do we give God our leftovers instead of our firsts?

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
— Matthew 6:33

Idols had overtaken my heart, my mind, and my body. Much like the Israelites, we struggle with waiting on God, thus the creation of Golden Cows. Do we eliminate opportunities for God to show His sovereignty within our lives by “focusing on the short-term pleasures instead of the long-term harvest”? (Rick Warren)

When the people saw that Moses delayed in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said to him, Come, make gods for us who will go before us because this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt—we don’t know what has happened to him!
— Exodus 32:1

Make this 21 Day Daniel Fast your burnt offering seeking to worship God not only with your mouth but with your heart, your mind, and your body.

 1. Spend time in prayer asking God to reveal the idols of your heart, creating in you a clean heart, renewing a right spirit within you.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
— Psalm 51:10

2. Write them down and let them go. Whether it be in your journal or on note cards, lay your idols down at Jesus’ feet, trusting in His protection and provisions.

When they arrived at the place that God had told him about, Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood. He bound his son Isaac and placed him on the altar on top of the wood.
— Genesis 22:9

3. Each day seek God in prayer, asking Him to hear, forgive, listen, and act.

Lord, hear! Lord, forgive! Lord, listen and act! My God, for Your own sake, do not delay, because Your city and Your people bear Your name.
— Daniel 9:19

4. Rejoice as God reveals to your heart His plans for your 2019. Rejoice as He opens your mind to understand His Word.

Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
— Luke 24:45

5. Be obedient.

Jesus replied, But even more blessed are all who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.
— Luke 11:28

 

Fasting idols instead of items,

Heather McVey