The phrase came listening to praise/worship music. Praise and worship is one of the ways for God to search our hearts and transform us in His presence. Anything can become an idol when we put it ahead of God, including our purpose and calling. God gives us the vision for our purpose, but we have to continue to let Him lead and guide us in order for the anointing of God to flow. God led me to watch Esther, then I was led to fast, and in a dream I was instructed to do freelance writing which is the blog. God would give me a phrase during the week and then lead me to do something else and come back to it. It is not my will. He is just using me as a vessel to get the word out to encourage people. Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and the things will be added.
Exodus 20:2-4 Living Translation: 2 “I am Jehovah your God who liberated you from your slavery in Egypt.3 “You may worship no other god than me.4 “You shall not make yourselves any idols: no images of animals, birds, or fish. 5 You must never bow or worship it in any way; for I, the Lord your God, am very possessive. I will not share your affection with any other god!
We are created in the image and likeness of God. A husband wouldn’t want his wife doing more for another man and neglecting the marriage. God is the same way. He created us. A lot of us worship things and people God created over Him. It is okay to appreciate a person’s gift and talents, but when we try to pattern our lives like them rather than God, that is your idol/god. God is perfect; we are not. Nothing should surprise us about people because in our flesh dwells nothing good. We can’t even have confidence in ourselves. Jesus said no one is good. Only God is good. Things can wear out. Medicine can have a temporary fix and possible side effects. God is eternal with no side effects.
1 John 2:14-17 Living Translation: 14 And so I say to you fathers who know the eternal God, and to you young men who are strong with God’s Word in your hearts, and have won your struggle against Satan: 15 Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love these things you show that you do not really love God; 16 for all these worldly things, these evil desires—the craze for sex, the ambition to buy everything that appeals to you, and the pride that comes from wealth and importance—these are not from God. They are from this evil world itself. 17 And this world is fading away, and these evil, forbidden things will go with it, but whoever keeps doing the will of God will live forever.
God gives us all things to richly enjoy, but we are not to let the things control our purpose and call on earth. We were created to glorify God. Lust is temporary and fades, pride can bring you low, and things can go away. The human heart is never satisfied. Only God can satisfy us.
Matthew 22:35-40 NIV: 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
You love God with all your heart when you are walking in the God kind of love, because God is love. Love sums up everything.
Colossians 3:1-11 Living Translations: Since you became alive again, so to speak, when Christ arose from the dead, now set your sights on the rich treasures and joys of heaven where he sits beside God in the place of honor and power. 2 Let heaven fill your thoughts; don’t spend your time worrying about things down here. 3 You should have as little desire for this world as a dead person does. Your real life is in heaven with Christ and God. 4 And when Christ who is our real life comes back again, you will shine with him and share in all his glories.5 Away then with sinful, earthly things; deaden the evil desires lurking within you; have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires; don’t worship the good things of life, for that is idolatry. 6 God’s terrible anger is upon those who do such things. 7 You used to do them when your life was still part of this world; 8 but now is the time to cast off and throw away all these rotten garments of anger, hatred, cursing, and dirty language.9 Don’t tell lies to each other; it was your old life with all its wickedness that did that sort of thing; now it is dead and gone. 10 You are living a brand new kind of life that is continually learning more and more of what is right, and trying constantly to be more and more like Christ who created this new life within you. 11 In this new life one’s nationality or race or education or social position is unimportant; such things mean nothing. Whether a person has Christ is what matters, and he is equally available to all.
Evil can rub off on us quicker than good. We have to consistently cleanse ourselves through the word of God. Ask God to help you in areas you have a challenge in. Have a mentor or an accountability partner to keep your life balanced. If you mess up, confess it to God, repent and start back on the right track. Begin to worship and praise God; it transforms you Fast and pray. Some things take fasting to break strongholds. The devil is the prince of the power of the air. Media, music, radio, and television works through the airwaves. We have to guard our hearts and watch what we listen to and look at.
Cleanse your spirit with the bible, lay down the idols!
Prayer: Thank you Lord for loving me and giving your only Son Jesus as a sacrifice for me. I repent for putting other things before you. God, reveal all idols in my life. I set my affection on things above because this realm is not where I will spend eternity. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. God, I show love to you by walking in love and loving my neighbor. You are not willing that any should perish but that all come to repentance. If I fall I get back up and start on the right path. I thank you for the victory. In Jesus name! Amen!
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