The God who sees ME

The God who sees ME

El Roi is my favorite name of God because it means the God who sees. He sees me. He wants to have a relationship with me and wants to know every detail of me life even though He is KING of the Universe. He is so good to me. He is my Lord and Savior. Nothing shall separate me from His love. He is All that I need and MORE!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Laying Down Idols


Laying Down Idols

     When fortifying the walls of the Christian life, God will ask them to lay down idols. The average Christian has dumbed down the evilness of sin to the point where it’s we are confused with the gravity of it. Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart.” People can not come with a divided heart. Just like a marriage couple, the wife should not have a divided heart by talking to other men and sharing intimate thoughts. An idol is anything that claims the affections we should have for Christ. What occupies the heart and mind when going to bed or in the morning, shows where someone’s affection lies. It’s putting all their time and thoughts onto something other than Christ. This can quickly become an idol in life. 

     Pop culture entertainment was the first thing that God showed the Ludy’s. The foundation of their relationship was started without Movies and Television. They had only watched the second half of a movie together, but it wasn’t founded on empty distractions. These can become addictions because once someone starts to tamper with things, they can start to get dependent on it. One can tell how much something has a hold in their life by how hard it is to give it up. If they are called to “fast” from movies, music, or food, are they most willing to give it up for the sake of Christ? When they were called to give movies up, they didn’t know how to lean on the strength of God at the time when they were tired. When people get super burned out, it’s “normal” to vegetate and space out. The more the Ludy’s allowed it, it was a slippery slope. It got to be an addiction for them because they thought they needed rely on the world to for “refreshment.” They would justify and excuse the weekly vegetating. Nothing in it would point them to Jesus Christ. They compared their selections with what others watched, so it seemed better.

     Psalm 1:1-2 The Ludy’s said that they were walking in the counsel of the ungodly and standing in the way of sinners, and sitting in the sit of the scornful because they were drinking in the messages of the world. They were not able to delight in the the Lord or meditate on the Lord day and night because the mind and heart were focused on the things of this world. But it is awkward when someone is convicted and no one else is. It’s easy to say, “oh there’s nothing bad in it.” But the question should be, “well is there any Jesus in it?” A pastor said the reason they watched movies was because Eric and Leslie did. To the Christians around, we will be deemed a pattern and a template. We may even feel like really strong Christians when our standards are slightly higher than those around, but that doesn’t make it good or right.

     Why is there weakness and powerlessness in the American church? Because they have turned to movies and spots for reprieve, instead of spending it in Jesus’ presence. Also they have allowed worldliness into their church. It’s like bringing manure into the church and digging in to find a nickel. Then they use the nickel to justify the manure pile.   Content in movies is very important. The more manure is added doesn’t mean that there’s more truth in it. Don’t meditate on the ideas of the culture, because that changes the whole mentality. If it’s not of God, it’s of darkness. We can not lay any foundation and get life-changing results. Hollywood has packaged that lie so nicely. For example, Vampires base is evil and it’s making something demonic and evil look beautiful. The very first vampire story was Dracula “son of the devil.” He persecuted the Christians so much that it put Nero to shame. So why would we willingly take counsel from them?

     Finally, the Ludy’s decided to took out things that would give them worldly pleasure and would spend it praying. Playing games, watching movies, would be their immediate go to for entertainment, in fact, it seemed odd to spend the time in prayer. However, God called them to lay down this idol, so they could find His true rest for them. In the “Cross and the Switchblade” the man gives up the same thing, and finds Jesus to be all he needs. It sounded way too extreme at first, but the time in prayer is what lead him to start the ministry with the gang men. He gave his two hours to God instead of to the world and out of it he got a burden from the Lord. “if you can not imagine giving it up,” that is probably a good indicator that you are addicted to it. For the Ludy’s they had to continually die to self because it felt so tedious to pray. Other times they would turn on worship music and walk around and pray. Soon they began to look forward to this time of refreshment in the Lord. “If you are in Me, you are in My presence.” We are at the right hand of the Father and there is pleasure in Jesus (Psalm 16:11). We can doubt this because of experience and emotions. 

     Laying down idols hurts a lot, because we become attached to them. Pruning does not feel good, but the end result is more abundant fruit. Hardships and difficulties are going to come our way. It may not be attractive to the masses but it is to the remnant. The old man doesn’t want to be convicted, but the new man does. Don’t love the world nor the things in the world (1Tim 5:6, 1 John 2:15-16). ”A pure heart is one to which all that is not of God is strange and jarring (Tauler).” Evilness should bother us and make us uncomfortable.  Deuteronomy 18:10b-12  shows how God revealed their need to cleanse this stuff out of their life in order to seal up breaches. 2 Timothy 2:22 says “Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts.“ They had to give it up completely. Jesus told the rich young ruler to sell it all, not let a little go at a time (Luke 18:17-23). Take God seriously. Give it up out of a love for Him. The seven steps upward and seven steps downward clearly show how it is progressional. One step downward is taking sin lightly or diminishing it. Going upward on the heavenly bound track would be to renew our minds (Phil 4:8 is our checklist) and taking sin seriously. “It is the life that has no time for trifling that counts.” - Amy Carmichael. 

     This message was such a great reminder of why I try to abstain from certain things. I did realize how many things I had allowed to slip and become my go to when I felt tired though. Also, sometimes I did these things more out of a I do this because it’s right not out of a love for Jesus. I am so grateful to have had this clear teaching on why it’s wrong. Simply put it’s going to the world for rest and refreshment instead of Jesus. That IS an idol in our lives for sure. It’s the type of thing where going deeper for Jesus is what we are called to do, and I am called to. He is more than abundantly able to satisfy my deepest longings and give me that much needed refreshment and filling. May I go to Him for every need.