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“Good Morning God, thank You for the peaceful sleep.  What is on the agenda this morning for discussion.”

“Ready are you?”

“Uh, no, not really but I know we must get to it.”

“Ok, read Ezek. 14:4”

 Therefore speak to them and tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: When any Israelite sets up idols in his heart and puts a wicked stumbling block before his face and then goes to a prophet, I the LORD will answer him myself in keeping with his great idolatry.  NIV

Another paragraph out of John Bevere’s book, Drawing Near:

“Bottom line, no matter what form they take, all idols are a source.  They take the place only God deserves.  An idol can serve as your source of happiness, comfort, peace, provision, and so forth.  God says, “You shall not make idols for yourselves” (Lev. 26:1).  We are the ones who make it an idol.  An idol is anything we put before God in our lives.  It is what we love, like, trust, desire, or give our attention to more than the Lord. An idol is what you draw your strength from or give your strength to.  A believer is drawn into idolatry when he allows his heart to be stirred with discontentment and looks for satisfaction outside of God’s will for his life.  Again the bottom line is covetousness.”

More from his book:

“What we must realize is that when we covet something contrary to God’s will for us, God will often give it to us; His answer is according to the idols resident in our heart. Ultimately He does this to recapture our hearts.

The NIV says it like this:  “I will do this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel.”  The Lord desperately desires to draw us back to His heart.  Remember, we are His pursuit, He yearns for us.  Though His desire is that none would stray, He will not be mocked.  His heart is reserved for those who have given theirs completely.  For this reason He seeks to recapture our hearts from any snare of covetousness, which is idolatry, lurking in it.”

See that is exactly what I have been talking about.  It’s so awesome how God can put a book in your hand, in His perfect timing, that moves you closer to Him and His will with understanding.  

I have almost always, even with my strong love for God, been discontent with my life. So I drew strength from desires that I thought would make me happy.  I set myself up to make more money, I built a house, I lost weight, I fixed situations for people, I looked outside for happiness…….I made idols.

“Oh God forgive me!”

“I have, and I do.”

“But God, I keep doing stuff again and again, I might do it again.  Oh geez, my will is just too strong for me.”

“You remember that time you got yourself involved in a sticky situation with a male friend, you knew you were not strong enough to fight off the temptation, you called on Me.  You asked Me to take care of it because you couldn’t on your own. Remember……. I did.”

“Yes, I remember.  I still had to fight off temptation to go around You.”

“You will always have work to do as well, but I will always meet you where You are at.  Just call on Me.”

“I love You God”

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