Can we make our needs an idol?

Tonight during praise and worship,our music pastor was praying while he was singing and asked God to forgive us of any idols we had ever placed before Him..I didnt think I had and I know what an idol means but I fell in line with that and I asked God to show me if I had an what came to mind were my needs. See,I have more needs,not frivolous ones, very serious,(one life and death) needs affecting most every area of my and my immediate family right now than all other times in my life combined.Well,I asked forgiveness and tried to just focus on God but can a person petition God too much and be so desperate and focused, pressing for answers that its becomes idolatry or did i just miss that completely? That had never crossed my mind before and being that it was during a time of united worship an the presence of the Lord was strong that i felt like it was an answer that yes,i had been in error an had gotten out of balance but when i got home an got to thinking about it,it didnt make sense..i wonder if that was just my head talking..confidence in my self is one of the things i have struggled with an i just wanted to know if anyone has any ideas about this. Thanks

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  1. caseyzon says:

    Absolutely.Its that my 22 yr marriage has crumbled after a string of affairs , our home has been foreclosed on an i and the children have been sent headlong into poverty..my parents are long gone and i have no one. my husband im seperated from suffered a mental breakdown and no longer has a job so no child support,which he wouldnt pay before his breakdown anyway. My daughter,who is an adult now has walked away from the Lord after being prophesied over as a young one by several different evangelists that God had a very important job for her in her life and to be preparing.my 9 yr old has been having fear and anger issues over all of the changes as he cant even be alone with his dad now for safety reasons,(his dads delusions)my night job at the hospital keeps me gone at night..I need a day job that will pay the bills and allow me to go to school,my 19 yr old is struggling in college.Have i been a saint through this? absolutely not,I backslid out of bitterness BUT…i have my head on straight,have repented and am again living for my Father. I and my son went to counseling for a year ana half. i have stood and still standing on the promises of God,prayed deliverance prayers over this enemy invasion,prayed with the pastors over this,prayed in agreement with the youth pastor for my 9 yr old.I read the Word,confess the Word over us,go to church,i am thankful for what i DO have and love Jesus with all of my heart but its hard to hold my head up sometimes.I want to go to sleep and not wake up sometimes,not die, just not have to face my life.this is the most desperate situation ive ever been in..I was just wondering if ive been too focused on the problems..I need a financial miracle…not wealth…just to be able to pay the bills,food,school clothes,gas for work and college…to be able to move to a less scary neighborhood…things like that….

    • lookinforacity says:

      Hi Casey

      Php 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

      Mat 6:31-33
      31) Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
      32) (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
      33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

      Remember, when God does supply, it is for your “NEEDS” anything other than a need, is out of the Will of God, and He is therefore not responsible to resupply that need again. It is a Faith walk, so take what God does give to you and apply it only to the needs you have in your life, FOOD, CLOTHING HOUSING.
      We may feel there are other needs we have acquired, that need to be taken care of, but they fall under the category of WANTS.

      Be Blessed
      JIM

    • davidchik says:

      I am sorry to hear this. Can you find some brothers and sisters in your church who are willing to help you and pray for you ? If you do need anything please post it here. There may be someone in this forum living near you. Otherwise please email me.
      Regarding your elder daughter all we can do is pray. I also grew up in a Christian family but after I worked I left God and indulged in porn and gambling for more than 5 years. Then like a miracle I met a wonderful girl (who is my wife now) and she brought me back to the Lord. Who knows, maybe one day your daughter can find a nice man who will bring her back. But she needs to walk through it herself. There is no grandchildren of God, just children of God, which means everyone needs to directly meet and know the Lord.
      Shall pray for your family.
      David

      • caseyzon says:

        Thanks.I have listed a prayer request on this site.I have spoken with and prayed with my pastors.Prayed with the youth pastor about my son and i pray and listen to teaching every day.I am trying my best to be upright before the Lord but i know my faith wavers at times and I get into fear of the unknown until a scripture comes to mind..I just dont remain on that even ground with my faith but It is getting better.I desperately want to be a wife and have my family complete again but more importantly,an this is the way i like to say it..”My Jesus is bigger than this” I KNOW what ive been doing..I have been trying to convince God to move,NOW!!! by being desperate and I know it doesnt work that way.i know that he will take care of us and bring healing to this situation.As of late, I have been trying to focus more on my relationship with God and being thankful for what I do have and not what i need from him(an that has been way harder than i thought,i literally have to push and then push again,those things out of my head sometimes just to talk to him about other things).I felt a little convicted the other day when i heard a sermon about thankfulness and i can honestly say i have lagged in that,I HAVNT been thankful like I should be BUT IM WORKING ON THAT lol. Thank you and every one else for your support and encouragement.
        I tell you all now that I thank God for you. Those of you who post encouragement and prayer for those in need makes you one of the ”few” laborers of God…A precious commodity. I only hope that I can be half as helpful to someone sometime. God bless.

  2. davidchik says:

    Don’t worry. Maintain a quiet heart before the Lord.

    This is true that we have selfish deeds: we want wealth, we want health, we want our family happy, we want self-determination, we want to serve God in a comfortable way as we want, instead of what God wants, etc.

    This idol is you, your SELF.

    But don’t worry. Maintain a quiet heart before the Lord. You know God has forgiven you because of Jesus’ blood. You know you have a new life. You know Holy Spirit can help you to bear the fruits of true goodness. You know God loves you, right?

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