Well, I’ll warn you, there are going to be some challenging words coming from this blog. I only share them with you because I love you as my Father loves me. My Father in Heaven has been stirring things up in me that I wasn’t really prepared for Him to stir. But I suppose if I would have gotten a warning of where He planned to make some adjustments, I would have probably steered clear of it!
The problem is, I, like you, am drawn into this world. I love the clothes, the colors, the sights, the houses, the pursuit of the American dream’, the money, the obsessions. We love our sin and we love our idols. But there is an even greater problem, which isn’t really a problem, but it does interfere with this love of the world. I love God. I really do, He is so brilliant, so wise, incredibly faithful and always surprising! And this is where the two collide! They can not both hold a spot in my heart.
2 kings 17:33 “They worshiped the Lord, but they also served their own gods…”
Yep, that’s us…giving our lives to Christ and then serving the idols of our world. But wait it gets worse….
2 kings 17:41 “Even while these people were worshiping the Lord, they were serving their idols. To this day their children and grandchildren continue to do as their fathers did.”
AHHHHH!!!! to this day even their children and grandchildren continue to do as their fathers did! NO!! we have to save our children and our children’s children from this curse!
YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE GENERATIONS YOU WILL RAISE UP BEHIND YOU!
What are you controlled by, what motivates you? Is God the driving force in your life?
What we depend on we will serve! Make the adjustments necessary to depend only on God and stop worshiping the Lord and then serving your own gods….your legacy depends on it!
This was what I looked like most of the day. Holding my neck, thinking about my neck, almost in tears over my neck, irritable over my neck, rubbing my neck. A couple of years ago, I spent a lot of time driving too and from Salem, OR many weeks in a row and ever since then my neck has been in a fragile state and yesterday after hoisting a garbage bag full of yard debris into the dumpster, my neck returned to the painful place. Doctor says I have a couple of bulging discs and the chiropractor says he can fix it, but it will take time. Hmmm…time…pain…waiting…pain.
I have spent the majority of my day focused on the pain and discomfort. Working at ways to do my normal activities in different ways. Like typing this page, with an ice pack on my neck:) Or being frustrated because I can’t talk on the phone and type at the same time. I’ve been consumed with this neck pain.
Then tonight, as I sat down to finish up my bible study, I wondered…if I spent as much time thinking about God, figuring out how to do life with God, being consumed by God things…wouldn’t life be interesting? Where would that take me? Every moment of every day, completely engrossed in Jesus, focusing on Him and how to do life with him. Holding Him in my thoughts, crying over Him, irritable over the injustices in this world with Him in mind…I’m guessing it would take me to a place that would literally change the way I lived and reacted and impacted my world. What if God was what consumed my world just like my neck did today?
My one and only prayer tonight is that God would become my ‘pain in the neck’.