quarta-feira, 13 de março de 2019

THE NARROW PATH TO RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD - DAY 74

by Rev. Robert John Cericola, Carroll, OH - EUA

Day 74

Idols of the Heart

Ezekiel 14:1–5 (AMP) THEN CAME certain of the elders of Israel to me and sat before me. And the word of the Lord came to me: Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts and put the stumbling block of their iniquity and guilt before their faces; should I permit Myself to be inquired of at all by them? Therefore speak to them and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Every man of the house of Israel who takes his idols [of self-will and unsubmissiveness] into his heart and puts the stumbling block of his iniquity [idols of silver and gold] before his face, and yet comes to the prophet [to inquire of him], I the Lord will answer him, answer him according to the multitude of his idols, That I may lay hold of the house of Israel in the thoughts of their own mind and heart, because they are all estranged from Me through their idols.
         
In this scripture, some of the elders of Israel came to Ezekiel with things in their heart (idols in their hearts) that they loved more than God. They did not come to God with a love in their hearts for His will in a matter; they came to Him wanting God to bless their selfish desires. The Lord’s answer would not be His will or His blessing, but what they wanted to hear from their desire (the idol of their heart) and it would bring destruction. Destruction would cause the elders to ask, “Why did this happen God after all you blessed it?”

Likewise, many Christians believing their desire is from God ask Him to bless their desire without asking Him if this is His desire for their lives. And when the plan doesn’t work out they come back to God asking, “Why did this happen God after all you blessed it?”

With that question comes a teachable moment in which the asker can learn the desire he or she had was not from God but was (self-willed) and it is best to ask God for His will rather than His blessing on their desire.  

However, when you take up your cross to obey the commandment to love, self and selfish desires are crucified along the way. As we grow in relationship with Jesus our desires change from the cares and things of this life to knowing Him and wanting His will. 

Ending Thoughts
Knowing Jesus brings contentment into our lives. Just stay on the Narrow Path to Relationship with God and as your relationship grows so will your contentment with this life.

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