that I have so strongly stressed our need to be in the Word daily is because
this is where we find God, as He is. And
if we are not relating to God as He is - as He has revealed Himself to be in
His Word - we are relating to Him out of falsehoods, misconceptions,
preconceived ideas, and half-truths. And
many times we are relating to Him in unhealthy ways because of our broken pasts
and broken hearts.
And you may want to save this letter and make it a regular practice, writing a new “letter to God” every year. It’s up to you.
I want to know You as You really are. I am tired of living as a prisoner behind my fears, doubts, walls, and misconceptions. Search my heart and help me see anything that I need to face. And help me to replace lies and fears and misconceptions with Your truths. Help me learn to live in Your Truth. Take my weaknesses and fears and replace them with Your strength and Your peace.
In Jesus’ name, Amen
(After praying, spend some time listening to Him!)
a. The Harmless, Old Man - This god has his rules, but doesn’t enforce them. He sits in his rocker and is uninvolved in the world down here. And so we get comfortable, all focused on our own little life with little regard for seeking righteousness. We just don’t see or feel the consequences. Or maybe we accept his forgiveness and payment for our sins, but we don’t respect him enough to life a life that is worthy of it.
And the Bible also makes it very clear that one day this world will pass away and we will all stand before God to give an account for our lives. And where we spend eternity will be determined by our choice to accept Jesus’ sacrifice for us or not. And if we chose to make Jesus our Lord and Savior, we will spend eternity in heaven. That is the only way to heaven.
But our place in heaven – the position/role that we are given and the eternal rewards we receive - will also be affected by the things that we did for God and for His kingdom. These are the only things that will remain once He burns up everything else. But how many of us live our lives for today, instead of for eternity? How many of us ignore the eternal/supernatural things so that we can enjoy a little bit more of the temporary things?
Those are ways that we show indifference to the supernatural things. But there is the equally disturbing condition of having too much interest in them. All you have to do is turn on the TV or walk around the bookstores to see the huge selection of books on witchcraft, angels, New Age mysticism, and the like. Instead of remembering that angels are God’s messengers and are here to do His Will, we have turned them into beings to be worshipped or controlled. And this SHOULD NEVER BE!!! They are never – EVER – to be worshipped or prayed to. Heavenly angels are here to glorify God and do His Will, not to be praised themselves or do people’s wills.
And demons are fallen angels that we should never seek to contact or control. Their main purpose is to destroy the things of God and to prevent as many people as possible from coming to Him. And so it should not be a surprise that if people show an interest in them or seek to contact or control them, they will oftentimes disguise themselves as “good” beings who are here to do what you want. Anything to draw you in deeper and deeper, until you are much too ensnared to get out.
This is why I am so bothered by all the seemingly harmless, all-in-good-fun entertainment out there that centers on magic, witchcraft, vampires, etc. This stuff is not harmless fun. It is a gateway! A snare! And it’s geared toward children and young people. And that is scary.
We need to know what the Bible says about angels and demons if we are to have a proper understanding of them and a godly response to them and the things that pertain to them. And we need to be living our lives focused on the things that have eternal value. Because everything else will burn away in the end. So let me ask you this . . . If your priorities never change, what will be left when your works pass through the fire? Will you have the joy of hearing, “Well done, good and faithful servant”?]