Saturday, July 30, 2016

Entertaining Idols




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If we obsess over some issue in our life, this issue blocks our view of God and blinds us to the presence of Christ in our life.

We make an idol of the negative emotion we are consumed by and see nothing but this and other negative emotions.  This situation rules our life.

We are overcome by our trials and tribulations and lose our connection to God's Spirit within us. Anything other than God that commands our attention proves we are not dead in that area of our flesh.

God often gives us trials to reveal that we still carry idols around with us, and that they are taking His place in our life (2 Corinthians 3:18). The more we surrender these idols on the altar of God, the freer our life becomes.

When we step outside of God's will for us, surrendering to Him is the only factor which can restore our spirit and soul (Psalm 23:3). Then, God grace and mercy victoriously and tenderly transport us through every trial and temptation.

We gradually grow to realize that our humanity is dead to this world and that Christ’s divinity takes supremacy within us (Colossians 3:3). We want nothing more than to please Him with our life.

Eventually, our days are consumed by following God's Spirit's direction. We live in praise to His glorious name and His bountiful deeds toward meeting our every need.

The Spirit of Christ unifies us with the Trinity, and this union cannot be dissolved or separated in any way; although idols grieve God's Spirit and break our intimate fellowship with Him.

When we live and walk in God's divine presence, the issues of life no longer overwhelm us (John 16:33). We safely hide under the shadow of His wing (Psalm 17:8).

Prayer:
Father God, we each possess our own individual and personal distinction, even though You abide within every Believer. Our union with You, as the personal, living, omnipresent Lord can never be broken. Help us never to allow some idol of negative emotions to block You from our view or to draw us away from Your intimate presence.

Allow us to feel Your love, peace and joy flowing over us like a waterfall, refreshing our spirit, soul and body in this world that often frightens and overwhelms us. Remind us that Christ in us is a reality, and we can function in Your will through every moment of our day.

Thought for the Day:
Our vital union in Christ is begun in regeneration and completed through sanctification; in conversion we are declared justified and in sanctification we prove our perseverance towards righteousness.


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