To exalt one’s own desires above the plan of God for your life is form of idolatry. How so? If we engage in whatever it is we want to do that is not aligned with God’s will, then we have replaced God by exalting self above Him. We are, in essence, saying, “Not Thy will, but MY will be done.”
We may counter this statement by attempting to justify our actions and desires by saying that, “The Bible doesn’t forbid me to do or have this…” This may, in fact, be true. However, Paul says,
“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient (profitable, beneficial)…” (1 Cor. 6:12a).
Why is it not beneficial for us to obtain certain things if it nothing wrong with the object we desire? Paul answer this with the remainder of the verse,
“…all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any…” (1 Cor. 6:12b).
If something or someone is going to distract us from God and/or His plan and will for our lives, then that thing or person has become the object of our affection and has removed God from His place of preeminence within our lives. James says,
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts (or pleasures)…” (4:3).
In the end, if the end goal of engaging in something or acquiring something is not to bring glory to God, then we have begun on the road to exalting something, someone else, or even ourselves above God…which, my friends, is idolatry…#thinkonthesethings