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How do we know if something has mastered us? How do we know if we have an idol in our lives? Christi Simpson explains.

“…for a man is slave to whatever has mastered him.” II Peter 2:19

Those are heavy words. How is it, that we know if something has mastered us? How do we know if we have an idol in our lives? The definition of mastered is literally to take control of, to overpower, to subdue, to defeat, to suppress, to conquer.  There are two worldly things that I have allowed to “master” me in my lifetime. One was a 7 year relationship I was sure would end in marriage; it did not. Through trying to control the details of that relationship, God literally brought me to the end of myself and my own strength; finally ready to rely fully on Him and Him alone.

More recently, for a couple of years, I was mastered by the longing that we would have children. It consumed every part of me. My every thought was anchored in that one hope. I know now, as I knew during the most intense years, that it had taken over the largest part of me. It controlled me. It suppressed all other worries under the weight of it’s demands. It is not a time I am proud of. However, God was working then and is continuing to work now. The longer I live and the deeper I grow in my walk with the LORD, the more of “ME” He chisels away. It is replaced with more of Him and His will.

Prayer: Father…. Oh, that you would be my ONE master!  Your word tells me that a house divided cannot stand. I know that to be true! I do not want to be led astray by my own evil desires; following only my natural instincts. I want all of my life to bring glory to You! May I daily give more of myself to You as I stand strong and resist the Devil. Amen

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