Episode 9: Idols, Vows, and Soul Ties

In this episode, we’re going to talk about a few more things that stand in the way of plowing up our ground and living in deeper intimacy and fellowship with the Lord. I’m going to call it, “Possessive Plow Syndrome.” These are places where we are holding the plow tightly, like we can do something in our own strength and still experience the power and presence of God in that place.

There are areas in our lives where we have, often times inadvertently, shut God out of. We have fenced off areas of our lives, where we have told the Lord that we don’t need His help. Naturally, that ground has been left unplowed and untended by the Presence and Power of God—not because He is unable but because we have been unwilling. We have set up boundaries, and He has respected them.

Three specific ways we do that are by making and keeping idols in our lives, by making vows, and by making soul ties to others.

“An idol is anything we’re holding onto ‘just in case’ Jesus doesn’t come through.”

— Christy Nockels

Invitation to Respond: breaking down the fences

Tearing Down Our Idols:

  • Lord, I’m sorry for making an idol out of…

  • I lay down the idol of (name it) and I break the power it has had over my life in the name of Jesus.

  • Lord, I recognize You as the Lord of my life, and I intentionally set my attention and affection on You.

Breaking Our Vows:

  • Lord, I’m sorry for making the vow: “NAME THE VOW” ie: “to never be late.”

  • I break the vow to…. And I come out of agreement with it in the name of Jesus.

  • Lord, I invite you into this area of my life and give me Your insights about how to live.

Cutting Our Soul Ties:

  • Lord, I am sorry for making a soul tie with … (name person).

  • I cut the soul tie with … in the name of Jesus.

  • Lord, I invite you into the middle of my relationship with …

Scripture References:

  • 1 Timothy 6:10

  • Psalm 135:15-18

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