Ep 109 – Destroying Idols (pt 2 of 3) – Going to Idols for Comfort

Ep 109 – Destroying Idols (pt 2 of 3) – Going to Idols for Comfort


Katie Souza: See, the more
you run to your idols to try to make your promise manifest,
the longer it will be delayed, and the more your
heart will get sick. “Hope deferred
makes the heart sick.” Your idols will delay
your promise. You’re thinking they’re gonna
make your promise come to pass, but because they have demonic
attachment to them, they’re gonna delay your
promise, and in the process, you’re gonna spend
money on your idols. ♪♪♪ Katie: Hi, I’m Katie Souza,
and you’re watching “Healing Your Soul: Real Keys
to the Miraculous.” Are you waiting on God’s
promises to manifest in your life? Does your waiting season
feel like it lasted forever? There are keys to positioning
yourself to receiving superabundantly above and beyond
all that you could ever ask or dream, and that’s what
we’re gonna talk about today. We’re in part two of our series
called “Divine Abundance,” which, believe it or not,
is about idolatry. I know that’s an Old Testament
word, but hang with me because what I’m gonna share today
is New Testament revelation. In fact, I would say that there
are idols affecting you today that you don’t even know
about, and they’re delaying your promises. For one, the Bible says that
idols are deaf, dumb, blind, and crippled, so they’re causing
physical deafness, blindness, and crippling diseases of the
body, but they’re also blocking you from seeing in the Spirit,
hearing the voice of God, and speaking the prophetic word. You may remember the story
of blind Bartimaeus. Do you know why he was born
without his sight? The Scripture says that
he was the son of Timaeus. The name Timaeus
actually means “to defile one’s self
with idols.” Bartimaeus’s father
was an idol worshiper. So what’s the big deal? Remember, the Bible says
that all idols are deaf, dumb, blind, and crippled. Timaeus’s sin of idolatry caused
Bartimaeus to be born blind. Scripture also says that every
idol is actually a demon spirit. I bet you didn’t know that, when
you make things like money, your job, your ministry, your home,
or even your kids, into an idol, that there are demon spirits
that will use that as a reason to be able to harm you. Is there anything in your life
that you’ve made into an idol, something to get your
fulfillment out of besides God? If so, you could be under
a demonic assault that is causing you to be sick, broke,
and powerless in every area of your life. You know, even food
can become an idol. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 10,
that we partner with diabolical spirits by eating
at their feast. Today we’re going to press into
this subject, and you’re gonna learn how to recognize when
you’ve made something into an idol and then learn
what to do about it. As you apply the healing
precepts that we’re gonna talk about today, you’re gonna
receive superabundantly above all that you could
even think or imagine. Katie: Look, idols
live in the soul realm. Like I said, it’s your soul that
desires to go after an idol, or it’s your soul that has some
idolatry, generational idolatry living in it, that will cause
you to be stolen from in your money, in your body,
in your marriage, in every part
of your life. How can you tell if you
have an idol in your soul? You can tell because,
number one, you’re gonna be thinking about that
thing all the time. If it’s something that you want
and you’ve turned it into an idol, you’re always gonna be
thinking about it and how to get it, how you can work the money
to make it happen, how you could hide it from your husband. You’ll always be
thinking about it. If you’re always thinking about
something all the time, you might have turned
it into an idol. The Bible says that Israel
lusted after their idols. They lusted after their idols. If you feel that lust coming up
in your soul for a particular thing or a person or anything,
then you know that you have an idol in your soul. Now, look, you can make
an idol out of anything. You can make an idol out of your
spouse, your children, you know, your house, your business,
your ministry, money, things. You can make an idol
out of anything, amen? We have to learn
to get in balance. What I found is this, and it’s
that–I’m just gonna be–I’m gonna tell on myself ’cause
that’s what my middle name is, Katie Tell-On-Myself Souza. I’ve found that I would chase
after idols when I was wounded, when I had gone through a lot
of trauma or a lot of stress. You know, when
you–this world is stressful. I mean, you can’t even go
to Facebook without gettin’ stressed out. Everybody’s so mad and offended,
“argh,” and safely, from 2,000 miles away,
cussin’ everybody out. To me, you don’t sell
an argument like that. To me, the old days is you
went outside and took care of an argument. You didn’t hide in your house
and go, “I hate your guts, ah, take that, ha-hah,
what’re you gonna do?” It’s like, “Oh, come over here.
I’ll show ya, huh.” Okay, right? But, people, I mean,
this is a stressful world. I know many, many people that,
right now, even myself, going through multiple crises,
high-level stress events, and what happens is, many times,
when you live through traumas and stresses and things like
that, your soul gets wounded, and then you reach towards
your idols to get comfort. You see what I’m sayin’? You reach towards your
idols to get comfort. For me, it was food. I was, you know–for me, it was
a bag of Doritos and two cans of bean dip, you know, when I got
stressed out, but it became that I turned food into an idol,
okay, and by going to that–oh, boy, you have to
understand this. Listen, by going to your idol
for comfort when you’re going through a stressful time,
what happens is you allow a legal landing strip for
a demon spirit to then assault your life because
the Bible says in Psalm 106 that the Israelites
sacrificed to idols. They sacrificed to demons, so
all idols are demon spirits. So when you began to make
something into an idol and you began to run to it for comfort
or whatever, what happens is you apply and supply a legal landing
strip for the enemy, that demon that’s behind that idol,
to assault your life. Now, I hope I can find this
Scripture because I wanna show you something. Just for me, I mean,
I’ll share this with you what I found about myself. Okay, like, food, how many
of you run to food when you’re stressed out? How many of you do it in a way
that you think is unhealthy? Okay, then you may have made
an idol out of food, and when you’ve done that, you’ve entered
into an agreement with a demon spirit to be able to
attack every part of your life. Look what Paul says
about that, okay? I think this is
in–yeah, 1 Corinthians 10. He says this:
“What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is
intrinsically changed by the fact and amounts to
anything, or that an idol itself is a living thing? No, this is what I’m suggesting
that what the pagans sacrifice they offer, in effect,
to demons, to evil spiritual powers,
and not to God at all.” Now listen to this, so he’s
saying, “Look, when you offer something to an idol,
it’s not just a statue. It’s a demon.”
That’s what he’s saying. It’s not just a statue
or a thing or the money or your kids or your business. It becomes a demon. Then he says this: “I do not
want you to fellowship and be partners with diabolical spirits
by eating at their feasts.” You know, it’s “Oh, I
feel terrible today. Man, I’ll just have–” “Man, oh, I can’t
take this anymore. Oh, but this is
good though, okay. Mm, nom-nom.” When you do that, you
are fellowshipping and partnershipping
with diabolical spirits by eating at their feast. You’re allowing a demon to come
in and kick your butt, and what do demons do? Kill, steal, steal–you wonder
why you’re broke?–steal, and destroy. There’s demonic resistance on
your finances because you’ve made certain–and one of the
reasons is because there’s certain things in your life
you’ve turned into an idol, okay? When you’re stressed
out, so what do you do? Okay, when you’re stressed
out, when you’re going through H-E-double-toothpicks, you
had to understand something. It’s up to you about whether
or not you let your soul get much discouraged
because of the way. Okay, it’s up to you
to babysit your soul. The Bible talks about
possessing your soul in peace. Possessing your
soul in peace, okay? So you have to choose first to
possess your soul and not to go, “Well, I can’t believe
this is happening.” You can’t do that. You have to possess
your soul in peace. Now, let’s say you haven’t. Let’s say you’ve let yourself
get completely wounded by getting worked up over whatever
is happening in your life, okay, or the multiple things
that’s happening in your life. Well, you still, even if you
allow yourself to get wounded because of that, you
still have power to fix it. See, when you were born again,
the Holy Spirit came into your spirit man, and he
didn’t come alone. He brought power with him. The Bible says in Acts 1:8, that
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” So when the Holy Spirit came
in, he brought power with him. Holy Spirit isn’t power. He’s a person, but he
brings power with him, okay? And that word “power” there,
in that Scripture, is the word “dunamis.” Everybody, say, “dunamis.”
Dunamis. Dunamis.
“Dunamis” is lots of things. Ready? Number one, it means
this: “excellence of soul.” So, look, if your soul is
getting wounded because you have been through a lot, which we all
have, release your excellence of soul-healing power into
that place instead of going– [hyperventilating] And then stuffing your
face with food or going on a shopping spree–and
there’s nothing wrong with going on a shopping spree unless
you’re doing it to soothe and comfort your wounded soul. See, there’s balance. But when you have that happen,
when you’re under that amount of stress, release your
soul-healing power. Say, “I’ve got
soul-healing power. I don’t have to be upset.
I don’t have to be uptight. I got Holy Spirit, and
I got dunamis power. It makes me a excellent soul. I release into that place where
I’m being anxious, depressed, bitter, upset, overwhelmed.” So I could become excellent
of soul, and I’m gonna do that instead of running to
the food or running to the shopping spree, or running
to whatever I have created. And then what’ll happen is
you’ll become an excellent soul. If you keep on doing that, keep
on working your dunamis, you’ll become an excellent soul,
and you won’t need no idol. See, I didn’t get to be
this size because I, you know, because it’s how it is. I became this size because
I don’t have idols anymore.male announcer: Katie will be
right back with more
of today’s message.announcer: We all
experience trials in life.
The word “trial” is a courtroom
term, and throughout the Bible,
we see courts in heaven
which directly affect
matters on earth.Jesus won complete victory
over every trial we face,
2,000 years ago at the cross,
but for many of us,
the victory seems to still
be pending.
When Katie discovered the keys
to operating in heavenly courts,
she experienced new levels
of victory in her own life
and ministry.She wants to share those keys
with you in her new four-disk
audio teach and soak,
“Victory in Trials.”
Place your order today along
with your gift of $56 or more,
and Katie will send you
your very own copy of
“Victory in Trials.”Go online to katiesouza.tv,
or call 1-800-789-7895.
Every day, the enemy brings
accusations against believers in
court, while most of us don’t
even know court is in session,
and when you don’t show up
to your court case, you lose.
The enemy uses sin in your
bloodline to bring judgment
against you, but Katie will
show you that you can receive
a not-guilty verdict every time
because the blood of Jesus
has secured victory for you
in every trial of life.
Order this revolutionary
teaching today and start
experiencing new
levels of breakthrough now.
Order “Victory in Trials,” along
with your gift of $56 or more,
and as a thank you, Katie
will send you this four-disk
combination teach and soak
that will give you
the keys to victory.Go online to katiesouza.tv,
with your gift,
or call 1-800-789-7895,to place your order.Katie: Ephesians 3:20, says
that God does superabundantly above and beyond all that you
could ever ask or imagine, and here’s the condition. Ready? “According to the power–”
everybody, say, “dunamis”– that’s at work in you. That’s at work in you. See, Holy Spirit’s
a gift, free gift. Dunamis is a free gift
of God’s grace. It’s the graces of God that we
get the Holy Spirit and dunamis power,
but guess what? Once you get that free gift,
then you need to work it. You don’t just stand there
and go, “Okay, I have–I’m under grace.” [eating sounds] Work that power, baby. Work it, and then you’ll get
the superabundant stuff, amen? I’ve also noticed that people
run to idols when their promises don’t come to pass when
they think they should. Everybody in here has
promises from God, right? Probably multiple ones. Many of them may have come
to pass, but a lot of them haven’t yet. “Yet,” “yet”–that’s a key word
because “All the promises of God are ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen’
in Christ.” So what do you do
while you’re waiting for that “yet” to happen? You don’t let yourself get
wounded ’cause a lot of times we allow our soul to get wounded
in the wait because it says, “Hope deferred makes
the heart sick.” The word “heart”
there means the soul. When your hope is deferred, your
soul can actually become sick. Your soul can actually become
wounded, and when that happens, a lot of times, we run to
an idol to try to make that promise come
to pass for us. What’s an example?
I’ll tell on myself again. Okay, I have these big,
dark spots all over my legs. I grew up in Hawaii.
I was out in the sun every day. I wore a bikini to school, okay? That’s how it was
in Hawaii, okay? And between that
and all the drug abuse, I had these spots
all over my legs. Well, God has given me
many promises, saying, “I’m gon’ fix that.” So I’ll wait, and I’ll wait,
and I’ll wait, and I’ll wait, and I’ll wait, and I’ll wait. [sinister laugh] And the longer
the wait was, the more I said, “Well, I’ll just make
this happen myself.” So what did I do? I went out, and I spent my money
’cause, see, that’s what idols do. The biggest thing is they make
you spend your money on them. They make you spend
your money on them. They make you spend your
money on them. I went out and spent my money
on every cream, every treatment, every laser procedure. I even got those radio frequency
procedures where the lady would take this little wand that has
electricity in it, and she’d hit every spot, like she’d go, “zip,
zip, zip, zip,” and burn it. Now, I got, like,
200 spots on my legs. Can you imagine that 200 times? “Zzt, zzt, zzt, zzt.” “Number one,” “zzt, zzt, zzt,
zzt” “number two–” And then it scabs up and,
supposedly, when the scab falls off, then the spot is
gone, so it would scab up. Felt like two or three months,
scabby leg, scabby leg, yeah, and then the scab finally
falls off, and guess what? Spots were still there because,
you see, you run to your idols. You spend money on your idols to
try to make the promises of God happen instead of waiting for
them and possessing your soul while you do it, and then it
doesn’t work anyway, but you flush that
down the tube. I did that process six times,
thinking something was gonna change every time, and what I
was doing was, see, the more you run to your idols to try to
make your promise manifest, the longer it will be delayed,
and the more your heart will get sick. “Hope deferred
makes the heart sick.” Your idols will delay
your promise. You’re thinking they’re gonna
make your promise come to pass, but then, because they have
demonic attachment to them, they’re gonna delay your
promise, and in the process, you’re gonna spend
money on your idols. Did you hear what I said? Now, listen, there’s
nothin’ wrong with havin’ stuff. There’s nothin’ wrong with goin’
out and gettin’, you know, your face, you know, zapped,
or buyin’ a new car, or gettin’ a wonderful house
and decorating your house. There’s nothing wrong
with the abundance of God. We’re believers in Christ. Christ died for every
single blessing that we could ever have. So how do you decide,
well, what is wrong then? “How will I know?”
You’ll know by checking here. How do you feel when
you’re buyin’ that house? How do you feel when
you’re buyin’ that car? How do you feel? I’m so proud of my
events coordinator Heidi. She just got a brand-new
car, okay? Well, she had a certain limit. “Okay, this is my top limit,
okay?” So she went to the dealer. “This is my top limit.
Find me a car. This is the car I want,”
blah, blah, blah. So they came up
with two choices. They came up with a choice, the
color, everything she wanted, but one choice had the leather
seats and better rims and the sunroof, and the other
choice had the cloth seats and still nice-lookin’ tires
and everything else. Okay, but so she goes,
“What should I do?” I said, “Decide how you
feel about it in here. You know, what’s
your soul doing?” And she said, “My soul feels
peaceful to go with the cloth seats.” I said, “Great.”
So she walked in there. She said, “I’m gonna
take the cloth seats.” And you know what they did? Even though she took the less
expensive car, they said, “Well, you know what we’re gonna
do?”–and she was already saying, “I’m
going to buy the car. You don’t need to do
anything else special for me.” Buy what do they do?
They reduce the price even more. They gave her
an extended warranty. They did more than
what she had. They gave her tinted windows. They gave her all kinds
of blessings because–why? Because God was saying,
“Look what you did. You went with the peace
in your soul. You got a car at your level,
where you’re at right now, new car, beautiful car.” I went in that car and said,
“I don’t even care if it doesn’t have
leather seats. This car is awesome.” And, you know what? The next time, maybe
she’s buildin’ up to the Mercedes-Benz, okay? Maybe she’s buildin’ up to the
Mercedes-Benz, but, for her, right now, it’s a beautiful car,
perfect condition, brand-new. It’s awesome. You know, I’ve had the same
car for six years. Six years.
I was goin’ on seven now. I bought a Kia Sportage,
sporty little car. It’s got the leather package,
and it’s got the moon roof and everything. I bought it with cash,
everything else like that, and it looks like brand-new
because I never drive it. Somebody told me once, they
said, “Oh, Katie, you deserve to have, like, a, you know, a Benz
or something like that,” and I’m like, “So it can sit
in my garage?” See, my soul has
become so healed. I used to steal cars
for a living. That’s how my soul
wanted a car, okay? My soul wanted some cars, baby. In fact, before, I would’ve
said, “Look, if you wanna see your car, you know, when
you go out, put the lock on the steering wheel. It’ll take me longer to
get through that,” okay? My soul’s been so healed,
I’m fine with that car. Patricia got in it the other
day, and she says, “This car’s been
really good for you.” And I said, “Yeah, it has.
It looks like brand-new.” My husband offered
twice to buy me a new car. I said, “I don’t need one.” See, ’cause you gotta
sense things by your soul. Your soul will tell you
whether or not you’re on the right track. Sense in here.
You’re makin’ a purchase. You don’t have to go and
buy that thing right away. It’s still gonna be there,
and if it’s not there, if it’s the last one, some
other store will have it. You can go online, okay? Step back from it. Step back from it, and
how do you feel about that? Look, God’s been
dealing with me now. Now, what’s gonna happen is
you’re gonna get blessed ’cause you’re gonna get rid of
the idols in your life. You’re gonna get blessed. You’re gonna have a massive
income coming in ’cause God’s not gonna give money to somebody
who’s gonna turn and spend it on their idols. So as you get rid of your idols,
he’s gonna give you money. Now, here’s the next
danger point. I’m at the next danger point.
Like, I got money. Now, oh, I got money, but now I
gotta be like, “Ooh–” you know, when you have money, just, like,
buy whatever you want, oh, yeah, and one day, God tells ya, “Now
you’re bein’ a spendthrift.” That’s someone who spends
excessively and for no reason, wastefully. So I actually went to
Bed Bath & Beyond the other day, and I bought,
like, four brand-new pillows, and I bring ’em home,
and they’re all fluffy, and I’m like, “Oh, look
at these pillows. They’re so great.” And I put ’em on the bed, and
my husband gets in the bed. He goes, “You can’t hug them.
They’re too big.” And he looked at me,
and he goes, “I told you, we
didn’t need four.” But he was quiet in the store. He just looked at me
and went, “Four?” Like, “Think about it, Kate.” See, once you have money,
then it’s like, “Oh, I’ll buy four pillows.
Who cares?” I returned those suckers,
I did, because I don’t wanna
be a spendthrift. Patricia: This
is good teaching. Katie: Thanks. Anyway, come on, amen. Katie: Let’s ask the Holy Spirit
to heighten your awareness to when you’ve
made something in your life into an idol. Let the Holy Spirit
tell you right now. Listen for him. Okay, now ask that
the Holy Spirit show you if you’ve been running
to anything in your life, like an idol, to comfort
your wounded soul. Maybe you’ve lived through
some really difficult times and have had traumatic
events happen to you. If so, are you reaching to your
idols to ease the pain of those trials? Also, ask the Holy Spirit to
reveal to you if there are any idols in your life that
you’re relying on to try to make God’s promises come to pass
instead of trusting the Lord to fulfill them. Just let the Holy Spirit speak
to you right now, and if you heard something, then simply
repent for making that thing or that person into an idol. I’ll wait while you
do that right now. Okay, now let’s release the
dunamis power that’s in you to heal that area in your soul
where idolatry has taken root so that you can become
excellent of soul. Put your hand on your heart or
your belly while I say these decrees over you right now. You ready? I say that your spirit
is filled with dunamis. You have a tankful. It never runs out, which means
God has the power to heal every wound in your soul
that’s allowing idols to have a foothold in your life. I release that dunamis power
right now to heal your soul so that you could become
what dunamis means. You are excellent of soul. I decree you are prospering,
even as your soul prospers, and that dunamis is wiping out
every idol that’s controlling your mind, your will,
and your emotions, so that you can be totally free. I believe your soul is being
healed right now in every area where your heart got sick from
your hope being deferred while you waited on his promises. And I decree God will fulfill
every single word he’s ever spoken to you because you’re
putting your dunamis to work right now. The Holy Spirit is gonna do
above and beyond all that you could ever ask or imagine, right
now, in Jesus’s name, amen. Wow, what an amazing revelation. I decree for you, right now,
divine favor, opened doors, introductions to people with
influence, perfect health, business opportunities, promises
fulfilled, ministries and churches birthed, and financial
increases and blessings in every single area that you need it
because now God can trust you with the blessing ’cause
you’re healed of every idol in your soul, in Jesus’s name,
amen. Right now, I wanna share
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experience trials in life.
The word “trial” is a courtroom
term, and throughout the Bible,
we see courts in heaven
which directly affect
matters on earth.Jesus won complete victory
over every trial we face,
2,000 years ago at the cross,
but for many of us,
the victory seems to still
be pending.
When Katie discovered the keys
to operating in heavenly courts,
she experienced new levels
of victory in her own life
and ministry.She wants to share those keys
with you in her new four-disk
audio teach and soak,
“Victory in Trials.”
Place your order today along
with your gift of $56 or more,
and Katie will send you
your very own copy of
“Victory in Trials.”Go online to katiesouza.tv,
or call 1-800-789-7895.
Every day, the enemy brings
accusations against believers
in court, while most of us don’t
even know court is in session,
and when you don’t show up
to your court case, you lose.
The enemy uses sin in your
bloodline to bring judgment
against you, but Katie will
show you that you can receive
a not-guilty verdict every time
because the blood of Jesus
has secured victory for you
in every trial of life.
Order this revolutionary
teaching today and start
experiencing new
levels of breakthrough now.
Order “Victory in Trials,” along
with your gift of $56 or more,
and as a thank you, Katie
will send you this four-disk
combination teach
and soak that will give you
the keys to victory.Go online to katiesouza.tv,
with your gift, or call
1-800-789-7895,
to place your order.
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