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I am acutely aware of my heart beating inside my chest. I can put my hand there, close my eyes, and picture the chambers moving in perfect succession to one another, blood pumping from one chamber to the next and flowing freely through my veins, giving life as it passes through each article of my being. I am also acutely aware that the spiritual part of my heart that I cannot see is broken. It isn’t shattered beyond repair, but the band-aid I keep putting on it continues to get ripped off and there is a deep wound that can only be healed by one gentle touch from my Savior. Everything that I do, every decision that I make, every word that I speak, comes from the heart and when it is broken, then my actions are also broken. Hurting people hurt people. When am I going to really get that memo? The life blood that flows through me needs to be pure and the only way for that to be so is to allow the craziness to surface so that I can receive healing.
People think of idols these days as the things that mankind used to worship on high mountains that kept them from the Lord. They refuse to see that the idols in today’s world look far more different than the things of long ago. We worship things today and we don’t even realize it. We make idols out of our finances, our materialistic possessions, our family members, relationships with others, and even our own selves. We idolize people, places, attractions, and even feelings. This idolatry has us making decisions and doing things completely out of character and we wonder why our lives are in shambles.
Ezekiel 11:17-19 – “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’
18 “They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. 19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
There is a story I once heard of woman picking a potato. It sure did look clean and healthy to eat on the outside…until she cut into the hollow black core that had been rotted away from the inside out. So many people LOOK good on the outside, but what is inside holds a dark secret that the plastic smile and upbeat attitude hides so well.
Ezekiel was called to bring the people back to repentance. I am so tired of visiting churches who sing a few songs and have a feel good message that sends people away unchanged. I am sick of seeking pastors standing in front of a congregation and calling for them to come and find new hope, to pray at empty altars, and to make a new decision and those pastors end up standing up there alone. Why? Because we are a people with hardened hearts. The majority of “Christians” today are walking around with barely enough blood flowing through them they can hardly stand up. And I am talking about the blood of Jesus that brings fire and anointing and passion and compassion and hope and words of revival to those in darkness. For ever action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. What you put in, you get out. What you idolize will manifest in your life. What is your singleness of purpose? Are you content with your ONE GOD? What does your heartbeat sound like?
You can read Ezekiel 11-15 about Ezekiel’s call to prophecy and the vision of sin and judgment at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Ezekiel
To further your reading, consider this from:
Psalm 139:23-24– Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Rebellion begins with dissatisfaction, then complaining, bitterness, and resentment. Oh, what a tangled web we weave. Being discontent with what I already have will cause me to lose it without gaining what I desire the most. My wasted efforts in trying to prove my heart to those who could care less about it and keeping up appearances would have been much better spent on finding God’s answers to my troubling situation. HELLO?!?!?!
My situation is not impossible. My heart beats for the promises of God, even when I can’t see the answers. Patience is a beautiful heart virtue that symbolizes trust and I’m patiently learning patience. Fear can no longer crush the life blood of Jesus that flows through my me, but I first have to face reality and allow healing to begin.