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Today's Reading: Ezekiel 14
Please read Ezekiel 14 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from this blog. You may click this link directly for the method: Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf. (You may begin with a song to praise the Lord and complete you devotion by singing another praise song.)
Change My Heart, O God
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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. I will do this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel, who have all deserted me for their idols.’
“Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices! Ezekiel 14: 4-6
This chapter shows that some of the important leaders of Israel were guilty of idolatry in their hearts. They were not loyal to God but had allowed other things to take priority over the Lord. They rejected God's purposes and desired an ungodly lifestyle. For this reason, God refused to guide them or answer their prayers. Also, God would destroy any prophet who tolerated, supported or encouraged the Israelites to worship false gods or other things in place of the true God. The judgment coming against Jerusalem was so certain that even Noah, Daniel and Job who were known for their intense prayers could not help rescue anyone by their prayers.
Those today who look for God's guidance will find no help from God if their hearts are filled with ungodly desires and their priorities are not focused on God. God will judge and punish those who profess to believe in him but still reject him so they can pursue an immoral lifestyle. People like this are hypocrites who make themselves enemies of God. They should repent and give up their sinful ways but not to pretend to follow Christ in their church.
Do you have anything in your life already take priority so that you can not focus on Jesus?
My Spiritual Journal
What I got from Jesus today is: Don't let other things to take priority!
Today I receive a very striking and important invitation from Jesus. To be idolaters doesn't need a big gesture of worshiping idols because for most Christians we won't. But Jesus leads me to focus on three things to test whether we have already unintentionally worshiping some idols according to verses 4 to 6:
1. Receive something to our hearts which means take priority in our daily life.
2. Because of those things taking priority we "deserted" Jesus for those things.
3. Those things will become "detestable practices".
First of all, we need to find out what those things are. Then we need to repent by stop doing those things. The tradition of the church use Lent (the forty days before Easter Sunday, excluding Sundays) to ask Christians to stop doing one thing like not eating sweets, drinking wine, playing computer games, face book, TV ... anything that you suspect already take priority that you cannot focus on Jesus.
Now, this morning is really terrible. Jesus reveals to me that my way of playing some computer games already takes priority so that I cannot focus on Him. So, I am going to stop playing any kind of computer games for 40 days staring now. Well, they are good games like golf, war games, bridge etc.. You know you can get all kinds of games in your computer, cel phone and iPad. The best way to see if we become addicted to something is to stop for 40 days. That's how Jesus being invited by the Holy Spirit to the desert to test by the Holy Spirit and to tempt by the Devil of the three main temptations in anyone's life: money, power and sex. He wins but we always lose!
We need to go to the "desert" prepared by the Holy Spirit so that we won't "desert" Jesus! (Ezekiel 14: 5)
So, for 40 days no computer games for me to see if I am addicted to those games. What about you?
Don't let other things to take priority other than Jesus!
Jesus is Lord, He is Lord of all!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for giving me this challenge today that I will not become an idolater without knowing that that is idolatry. Help us to be able to focus on you each day that we we can free to worship you as our Lord and not worshiping other things. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
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