What are you keeping around in your life that keeps calling you back to a life of sin? Isn’t it time to get rid of it?
13 “She took hold of him and kissed him…”
I have Hillary’s old X-Box 360 Game station in a box in the closet. I LOVE to play HALO. But, I know something about myself: It can become an obsession and take over my thoughts so that it’s all I think about during the day. So, it stays in the closet. A couple of times a month, I go over to Hillary’s and we play on her game station; that way, I’m not tempted to sit down anytime I feel like it–because I ALWAYS feel like it!
How about you? Is there something in your life that has its claws in you? Is there something to which you are hanging on “just in case?” Does something take hold of you and “kiss you” and lead you down a dark path? It’s time to give it to the LORD and ask Him what to do with it. He may want You to get rid of it completely: a boat, a motorcycle, and old sport; or He may have you put it away for a while, or make it not so accessible (like He did for me).
This time of quarantine can teach us a lot about ourselves. It has a way of revealing our tendencies: Do we watch too much television? News? Movies? Banal fillers? Do we spend too much time on FaceBook, YouTube, and other social apps? What SHOULD we be spending our time doing?
The Holy Spirit longs for us to spend time with Him. We know He is always with us, but He has lots to share with us that we can only be able/ready to receive when we sit down, become quiet, and tune in to His voice. He speaks to us in our hearts, and He speaks even more loudly in His Word. The Bible is His written words, His tangible communication with us! Why, O why do we ignore it? HOW can it be relegated to the bottom of our to-do list?
Here is a verse to keep in mind:
12 For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, and revealed to the eyes of Him with whom we have to give account. Hebrews 4:12-13 AMP
King David was a man after God’s own heart. How so? Let’s look:
9 How can a young man [anyone] keep his way pure?
By keeping watch [on himself] according to Your word [conforming his life to Your precepts].
10 With all my heart I have sought You, [inquiring of You and longing for You];
Do not let me wander from Your commandments [neither through ignorance nor by willful disobedience].
11 Your word I have treasured and stored in my heart,
That I may not sin against You. Psalm 119:9-11
May we use this time to get to know our heavenly Father through His Word. Let’s be intentional about it.
- Pick a book and read it.
- Mark any words, phrases, or passages that stand out to you.
- Write down any thoughts you have about something you read.
- Summarize the passage in your own words and with your own application.
- Read a commentary. Make your own personal commentary!
- Read with coffee or other drink, while eating breakfast, or while working out.
- Read on your electronic device or out of a regular Bible-or both.
- Look up verses in different translations.
- Do any of the above–do all of the above!
The point is to hear His voice so that we can obey. Just remember that He doesn’t need us to do anything FOR Him; He wants us to do things WITH Him. It’s a relationship. Let’s start treating it like one.
Abba, I pray for my readers that they would use this lesson to “spur them on to good works” by spending time with You in prayer and in the Word. It’s where I’m heading right now…Amen.