Wood, Hay and Stubble

I recently came to the conclusion that Satan and his demons are often like termites, silently eating away at the wood in our lives. If we are building our foundation on Christ the Solid Rock, we don’t need to feel threatened by the termites. However, we sometimes allow the wooden (graven) images to become all too important. And when those get eaten up, we sometimes feel devastated. These are things that we have devoted ourselves to but have not committed to God for His blessing. They are in a separate compartment of our lives that we have secretly labeled “DO NOT TOUCH!”

The word of God urges us in Psalm 37 to commit our ways to the Lord and delight ourselves in Him. Sadly, we often delight ourselves in those wooden things that cannot withstand the fire or the termites. If we are not watchful, vigilant, and diligent in our walk with God (devoting time each day to prayer, Bible reading, and fellowship with other believers), we will one day find that the floor has dropped out beneath us. We will experience such devastation that we will seriously wonder if God is even present in our lives. Are we prepared for that?

Exodus 34:1-17 warns us to destroy those wooden images and have no other gods. The Lord’s name is Jealous, for He is a jealous God! We need to be careful that we are not allowing any thing or any person to become more important to us than the Lord. Because He has made heaven accessible to us through the sacrificial death of His Son, Christ Jesus, God deserves to be number one in our lives. If there is anything distracting us from our daily quiet time with Him, any person whose affection and devotion means more to us than God, may we see flashing red lights and hear fire alarms going off! Satan is using those things and people to draw us away from God. Over time we will grow “comfortably numb” as the old song by Pink Floyd says.

In 1 Corinthians 3:9-15, Paul points out to us the importance of building our foundation on Jesus Christ. “If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” Let’s be diligent to store up treasures in heaven and earn crowns that we can cast at the feet of Jesus.

“On Christ the Solid Rock I stand. All other ground is shifting sand. All other ground is shifting sand.”

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About concerningtheking

Concerning the King is about proclaiming His truth as it applies to my life and my work. By sharing my experiences (peaks and valleys), I hope to encourage others to draw near to God. I live in Fremont, Nebraska, where I serve as facilitator for Fresh Hope, a faith-based support group for people struggling with mood disorders. Seven years after being diagnosed with the Bipolar Disorder, I realized that getting well and staying well was going to require more than just taking the right pills and seeing the right therapist. I was going to need a closer walk with Christ, which involved daily time in His word, prayer, and a willingness to trust Him no matter how challenging my circumstances. I have discovered that the more I trust Him, the more He gives me to trust Him for. As my spiritual muscles grow stronger, He adds more weight. Belonging to God and living my life for His glory has made a huge difference in my mental wellness. Serving on the board of directors for Care Corps Family Services and being part of their mental health task force has allowed me to bring to the table my experiences with homelessness as well as mental illness. My writing is heavily influenced by the work of redemption God has done in my life. I am eager to help people experience the same deliverance that has empowered me so that I could overcome my fear of failure. Now I'm an entrepreneur. Caring Touch Services of Fremont provides cleaning, pet sitting, and help with packing. With God all things are possible!
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