Remember that game Chutes and Ladders. I think I hit that really big chute and I went about thirty or forty steps backwards. Just thankful I am not all the way at the very beginning of the game.
God has been speaking to me over the last three weeks about the sin of making idols.
He has not been speaking softly. There is an urgency and a strictness. I think I understand the fear of the Lord better now. God’s correction for me while sometimes harsh has still been sweet. In His correction I have never felt so loved and valued as a daughter. Weird sounding maybe to know that He loves me through His hand of discipline because it has been painful. More painful because I know it was brought on by my own doing and my choice to ignore God’s warnings. Over the last years, I have had more than my share of chances to humble myself and repent (turn away from this sin, my sin) of making idols of some of the people in my life. I insisted on doing some things my way. Sooo… My Father sent someone who I very much respect but even that one too I had on a pedestal… with a Word for me. Though the Words were few, my spirit heard much. It cut deeply and yet I know because of her obedience I will never be the same. I really do want to get it right.
Yes, I went down the chute and I feel like I have been “put in my place” yet no longer very sure of my place in this natural world. I will choose to stand on the promise that God will use it all for His purposes. This was the Word of the Lord to me:
Thus say’s the Lord God Almighty…My Name is Jealous!!! My Spirit who dwells within you yearns jealously for you to be Mine..all Mine..completely Mine. I will not share you with another…another man…another woman…and especially the old you.
“I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols. Isaiah 42:8
Put off the old man and his deeds..put on the new man by being renewed in the spirit of our minds. Ephesians 4:22-24