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Some Things Just Have To Go

April 3 – Today’s Readings – Deuteronomy 7-9 and Psalms 93

I have a spiritual assignment for you today. I challenge you to go on a prayer walk based on Deuteronomy 6:26 – “Do not bring a detestable thing into your house”. Walk through your house THIS WEEK – do not delay – and pray in every room. This is how you are to pray: “Is there anything in this room, which displeases you Lord? Is there any item that You would not decorate Your house with? Is there any book or publication that you really would not have in your house? Is there an item that causes me to daydream of “Egypt” when I look at it? Is there an “idol” which makes me believe that I am God – or that I am invincible – or leads me away from God? Is there anything that brings temptation to sin?”

Once you have cleaned house, why don’t you send me a comment, letting me know of your victory. I know that spiritual warfare has to do with a whole lot more than what is in our dwelling but our homes ought to be a place of refuge – a place where we can worship and pray unhindered – a place where people who visit can see who we really are, not who the world would like to make us.

I remember giving this same challenge to a group some years ago – then we actually lit a large bonfire in the church parking lot and burned or smashed anything we felt needed to go. Into the fire went photos, videos, disks, games, magazines, posters, TVs – etc. It was quite amazing to see what God had spoken to people about. It was of course a very individual thing as the Holy Spirit spoke to people but this whole exercise made me think of the early Church of Ephesus when, “Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds. A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.” (Acts 19:18-20)

It’s wonderful to see how the Lord takes our lives and systematically “cleans house”. This process of sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit and His alone. He speaks into our lives and light shines in the darkness, revealing things that need to be surrendered. His grace then provides us with the ability to get rid of those things that are not good for us. Our society constantly de-sensitizes us to the horror of evil things by inundating us with them. We think nothing of doing things – watching things – valuing things – that would make Christians from other parts of the world or former generations cringe.

Philippians 4:8 reads, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” The focus doesn’t always have to be on the “do nots” when we walk with the Lord. Sometimes, if we simply focus on the wonderful things of God, the “do nots” will fall away quite naturally – the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.

Questions:

1. Which physical items in your house have to go so that God can be honoured in all things?

2. Which spiritual things or habits have to go?

God Is Not The Author Of Fear

October 3 – Today’s Readings – 2Thessalonians 1-3 and Psalms 93

2Thessalonians 2:3-4 reads, “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for [that day will not come] until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”

At the end of time (which may be very soon) there will be both horrible things and glorious things taking place on the earth. For example, Paul, Timothy and Silas outline the coming of “the man of lawlessness”. This individual or spirit will be revealed when “the rebellion” occurs. What does this all mean? There is plenty of rebellion around today and many lawless people. In this account however there is no doubt that this “spirit” will increase in the Earth till there comes one who will sit above all religion and declares himself to be God. Has this already happened? Yes, many times over, but this “lawless one” will have the full backing of Hell itself and will perform all kinds of “counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders”. [2Thessalonians 2:8-9] This is a serious issue because many Christians consider any miracle to be irrefutable evidence of God’s presence and work among us. In fact these miracles will be “a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie”. [2Thessalonians 2:11] In other words, there will come a time when much evangelism will cease because Christians will be pushed to the side – overrun by a spirit of rebellion against God.

I’m writing this to you not to frighten you but so you may be prepared when it happens. Do not be deceived – you know the voice of the Good Shepherd – follow it. Just because extraordinary miracles take place does not mean you should run after them. Follow the voice of God and especially the Word of God.

Now for the great news – when this rebellion comes, it will usher in the return of the Lord Jesus. “This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10)

Here then is the outcome – we may see great trouble before we go to heaven but in God, we have “NO FEAR”. I’ve seen many bumper stickers with this catchphrase on it but the truth is – WE ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN CLAIM THIS SLOGAN AS OURS. We truly are set free from fear because we don’t even fear death. Praise God.

Question:

1. Why do you suppose that there is a constant flow of “End-of- the-World-Christian” books, movies, and even preachers spreading fear amongst Christians concerning the end times? Remember – God is not the author of fear!

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