Good morning all-
I just took a look at dates on the blog and I sped up the months by putting us in May. Oh well, I guess I was more tired than I thought, or it's a blonde moment. Either way, I'm up this morning early and wanted to give you a few thoughts for the day.
Do you have idols in your life you don't know about? Think about it for a minute. It could be shopping,vanity, exercise, your children, your job, basically, it could be about anything. An idol doesn't have to be a golden calf being built at the bottom of a mountain. It's anything we put before God that gives us more pleasure than Him. I've been really thinking about that lately. For the first time ever, my youngest son is going off on his own with a basketball team and I've had moments of great anxiety. I'm a mother that liked my boys close and I was blessed that they liked to be close to me too. As I took time thinking about this, I realized although I'm starting to be able to let my older son go, I'm trying to keep my younger son right by my side. The problem with that is I have a false sense of security and I believe I can control the outcome. This obsession of wanting to keep my family safe sometimes becomes my idol. Often, I find myself worrying and thinking if I'm everywhere they are nothing will happen. This stems from a fear of loss that powers over my trust in Jesus, which equals my idol.
We shouldn't put anything before God. Why? Because it's given by God and will be taken by God. No one knows the time they will spend here on earth, that's up to God and fortunately, you and I are here to fulfill a purpose, HIS! So when we let fear, jealousy, money, shopping, or our vanity get in the way, we really need to stop, repent and seek Jesus more because the things we idol will be crushed. For as we all know He is a jealous God, so let's just give them up and seek Him first.
I hope today finds you well my sisters. It has been a busy week for me. I've had fires to put out, products to learn and people to mentor. It's been a great 4 days. Finding time to write has been difficult but I might just have to get up earlier, which is why I got out of bed at 5:15 am this morning. I've been blessed and I want to continue to fulfill my obligations to the Lord, for all things come to me through Him. Be safe and repent. At the end of the day, we must look inside ourselves, ask God to reveal the garbage that lurks in our hearts and be healed. No idol can match the power of the cross!
Exodus 20: 4 NKJV:
"You shall not make for yourself a carved image-any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
Isaiah 57:13 NKJV:
When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you. But the wind will carry them all away, a breath will take them. But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land, and shall inherit My holy mountain."
1 Thessalonians 1:9 NKJV:
For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,
This pretty much says it all, so why are we making idols? Good question. Thank goodness for grace! Pass it on...
My prayer today:
O, Lord, we seek You today and ask You to cleanse our hearts from idols. We are in a time of great chaos where so many distractions can occur. We are constantly bombarded with circumstances out of our control and often we are like the Israelites that began to fear when Moses didn't come off the mountain. I can only imagine his horror as he hopped down and saw the idol be made. What must that have felt like? I'm sure devastating but at the same time, he probably understood why you were giving his people direction. Yes, we need direction. Lord, if I have any more idols than the one I confessed, please help me Lord and show me so that I can repent and feel the healing power of the Holy Spirit. I want to seek You and adore You first. Often, I find myself distracted with the one thing that powers my humanness and I'm sickened. I know that You are the God of the Universe and the Maker of all human life. Why do I worry? I don't have a clue. But take it from my heart and make me Yours! I love You with all my heart and thank You for directing me and showing me the idols in my life. I'm forever Yours. In Jesus name, AMEN