Weather report from : Sunny and bright with an abundance of light, and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture- “You shall have no other gods before me.”- Exodus 20:3
Insight: I read something the other day that challenged me to my core. The writer talked about guarding against the 7 P’s of Idolatry and it brought back to mind how tough it is to be a Christian in this world. Our flesh is in a raging battle against our Spirit, as Galatians 5:16-26 says, and total surrender is our only path to victory. The world clamors for our attention, and the fleshly desires our hearts can quickly be overwhelmed if we don;t remember to “take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ,” as 2 Corinthians 10:5 instructs us. This can be exhausting if we don’t remember to have an eternal focus and not a temporal one. So when I read the Author’s list of the 7 P’s of idolatry, it was a shock to my system to have to honestly admit that I still struggle with at least of them. Here was his list: Possessions, pleasure, prestige, popularity, promotion, power and performance. He then said “when these temporal things pass away, they will not leave us with any eternal gain. To pursue them is folly.”
Wow! That is so challenging. I was cut to the core. But rather than pretend this didn’t apply to me, I allowed it to saturate deep into my being, brought it before the Lord, repented, and asked for His help to do better in most of these areas. It was a sobering reminder of how far I still have to go in my race to “be poured out like a drink offering,” as Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:6. Sometimes inputs like this list come into our lives and they shock us. This list did that for me. It humbled me to my core, but I had to be honest with myself and see it as a reminder of how far I need to go in continuing to die to my flesh. GalatIans 2:20 which says “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me,“ should be the goal for us as Christians, but man is it a difficult battle. I think this brought to light how humble we need to be in our own faith journey, as we all fall short in so many areas. For me, the list of the 7 P’s of idolatry was a stark reminder of how much a chasm still exists for me.
Prayer: Father God, give us the strength we need to live the Christian Faith out in a way that honors and pleases You. We admit we are unable to carry out what you desire from us in our own strength and this is very humbling. Help us Lord in Jesus’ mighty name and in His power.. Amen!
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