“But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire. (…) The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.” Deuteronomy 7:5, 25
When the Israelites took the promised land, they had to destroy all physical manifestations of the idolatry of the people who lived there. The same principle applies spiritually. If we want to take our spiritual promised land, we must destroy all idols in our heart and mind. Spiritual idolatry is believing in lies and delusions in our mind, instead of His truth (1). And spiritual idolatry causes us to focus on all things, instead of Him.
The images had to be burned with fire. The fire of His truth destroys the ‘images’ in our mind, the lies and delusions that are in our heart and mind where His truth should be. Like the fire in 1 Corinthians 3 that burns ‘every man’s work’. His ‘fire’ must be in our ‘house’ to clean our ‘house’, just as His fire filled the house where the disciples waited for the coming of His Spirit (Acts 2:2-4). In the Bible, house refers to our mind (2). The tongues of fire in Acts 2 appeared above their heads, where the mind is. And the Spirit is the Spirit of truth (John 16:13).
“Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.” Deuteronomy 7:26
YHWH sees these spiritual ‘images’ as an abomination that we may not bring into our ‘house’ (mind). We should utterly detest it. Do you utterly detest all things in your mind and heart that is not focused on Him?
“Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.” Joshua 24:23
(2) I explain this in my book, or read: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mysteriesofthekingdom/permalink/756025468092584/.