“Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon me, and he told me to say: This is what the Lord says: “this is what you are saying, O house of Israel, but I know what is going through your mind” (Ezekiel 11:5).
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:12, 13).
My heart’s cry should have been like David’s: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24). I needed to humble myself to the mighty hand of God and allow Him to run a “search and destroy” mission in me. I needed the Light of the Lord to shine in me so I could know the truth about myself and my situation. There were deep things He would have loved to reveal if I would have let go of the deep secrets to which I was holding.
There are idols in our lives that need to be handed over for destruction (Joshua 7:11, 12: “Israel has sinned; they have transgressed My covenant which I have commanded them. They have taken some of the things devoted [for destruction]; they have stolen, and lied, and put them among their own baggage. That is why the Israelites could not stand before their enemies, but fled before them; they are accursed and have become devoted [for destruction]. I will cease to be with you unless you destroy the accursed [devoted] things among you.”)
There are foxes in our vineyards that are destroying our vines (Song of Solomon 2:15: “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.”)
In some of us, there is a foul stench of rebellion, a putrid aroma of unforgiveness coming up out of our hearts. We cannot always discern this in ourselves. Yet, it is so easy to see in others (Luke 6:41, 42: “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye but do not notice or consider the beam [of timber] that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, Brother, allow me to take out the speck that is in your eye, when you yourself do not see the beam that is in your own eye? You actor (pretender, hypocrite)! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”)
We can get caught up in other people’s business. We can develop judgmental and self-righteous mindsets. We want folks to see us with clean hands, but our hearts are not pure (Luke 16:15: “But He said to them, You are the ones who declare yourselves just and upright before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted and highly thought of among men is detestable and abhorrent (an abomination) in the sight of God.”)
Some walk around with ungodly intentions and couple them with church busyness, deceiving themselves and others Titus 1:10 reads, “For there are many disorderly and unruly men who are idle (vain, empty) and misleading talkers and self-deceivers and deceivers of others.” In the next verse, we are told they must be stopped. He continues to say that they need to be rebuked and shown the error of their ways. Once this is done, they can be sound in their faith and free from error.
I had to realize that this could not be accomplished until the light of the truth was shed on my life. I had been a product of my environment and upbringing. I was being held captive by old philosophies and church doctrine. It was like the Sadducees and the Pharisees in Jesus’ day. They wanted to hold their traditions above that which God was calling them. They were missing the Messiah they had been looking for throughout generations, because they would not let go of traditions. And, if I was not careful, I would allow the lies of my past to override the truth of Christ and His work in my life.
The truth makes us free.
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