Saturday, November 23, 2019
Me being too extreme? No, on the contrary, obedient.
I couldn't get all the way through my Bible reading when the Spirit stopped me. A section of Scripture hung in the air and would not let me go farther until it was written about.
Ezekiel 20:18-21 “I said to their children in the wilderness, ‘Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers or keep their ordinances or defile yourselves with their idols. I am the Lord your God; walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and observe them. Sanctify My sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God.’ But the children rebelled against Me; they did not walk in My statutes, nor were they careful to observe My ordinances, by which, if a man observes them, he will live; they profaned My sabbaths."
Many professing Christians today have done the same as the Israelites. They profane God's Word for their own way to live. They compromise and allow things in their lives by pulling out the 'forgiveness card'. You know what I am talking about.
You intentionally do something that God disapproves of with the intent of asking forgiveness of it later.
How does that honor your relationship with Jesus?
Read again what was said in Ezekiel.
I do not write from an obsession standpoint against idolatry. God is the one bringing that up over and over again.
Why? Why ask why? The Spirit isn't in the habit of harping on things unless it's a problem!
We see people wearing their idol worship everywhere. It's on everything. Cups, hats, shirts, shoes pants...even underwear.
It's not 'just for fun' it's not 'just for entertainment'. When it is what the Spirit says is idolatry!
There's at least two very huge words that were spoken of greatly in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Idolatry and Adultary. They go hand in hand. Jesus spoke against an evil adulterous generation.
He said what the most important Commandments were. Look at them.
Matthew 22:37-40 NASB
"And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”"
Look at them. They destroy idolatry and adultary in both.
In Revelation in the letters to the Church's. Jesus tells one Church that they have left their first love. Where is your heart?
Oh Reader, where is your heart?
Do you display idols to show the world how well you fit in with them or are you showing them Jesus?
Do you even have an interest in the things of God outside of Sundays and Wednesdays?
Do you know more about a sports team than you do the things of God?
Look at your heart. Have you left your first love? That's for you to reflect on. Look in the mirror. Do you see ANY vestige of the work of Jesus in your life or do you see a person so into the world that you can't see Jesus?
Look. Today. Examine your heart today!