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04 Aug 2020 - Isaiah 16

04 Aug 2020 - Isaiah 16

The devil is great at sneaking in through open doors.  He wants us to think we can make it on our own – “These rules don’t really apply to you,” “You can get away with this,” and that we can live according to our own wisdom, being righteous in our own eyes.

When the Moabites rebelled against Israel by refusing to pay annual tribute, they obviously felt they were above the consequences.  In His mercy, God warned them that they were in fact, like a wandering bird thrown from the nest – directionless, weak, confused and vulnerable.  He called them proud.  And when we are proud, we have come into alignment with a lie about ourselves, about others, and about God.  I remember once I was taking worship. I thought my walk with God was fine, but in my heart I was proud and thought I was above any consequences of even minor compromise. During the worship God showed me a picture.  It was colourful but blurry, like looking through stained glass.  He told me that I thought I could see, but the reality was I couldn’t.  I was spiritually blind.  Yikes!  God always gives us the opportunity to get right with Him when we repent.

Jesus came to give us life, and life to the full (John 10:10).  This is more than just nice airy-fairy sentiments – it is truth.  And when we let His truth permeate our being in every area, our relationship grows as we get to know Him more.  There are so many good things He wants to show us!  He has poured out His love in our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5) but it is up to us to choose how connected we want to be with Him, how much of His truth we are going to allow to change us. 

Are there any areas of your life where you know you have allowed yourself to align with the enemy?  Are you being truthful with yourself about God’s perspective?  Get it right now, and move on.  Don’t miss out on the exciting things He has for you by holding onto attitudes that are destructive!

You can pray now:
Lord, I am sorry for……  Please forgive me and wash me clean.  Renew my mind and help me have your perspective.   In Jesus’ name.  Amen. 

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