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Monday, July 9, 2012

July 9: Ignorance of Who God Is


NOTE TO SELF: Too many of us have already become ignorant of who God is. We’ve discarded God’s very Word and accepted the luxurious world’s interpretation of who He is. We’ve mixed a little bit of that with a little bit of God, thus creating…an idol, who is very, very far from the God of the Bible.

God warns us that being ignorant of Who He is, is a “luxury” we can’t afford. Why do you think God calls it a “luxury”? Because it feels like that. It’s easy. It’s carefree. When we create our own god, we can do or say or act any way we please. That’s a luxury.

If I bought my $900,000 dream house on the lake right now, it would be a “luxury” I couldn’t afford. I wouldn’t be able to keep that house for very long, because almost immediately I wouldn’t be able to make the mortgage payments. It’s a luxury I can’t afford in times like these.

You and I will go bankrupt in faith if we continue allowing an attitude of “anything goes” onto our Christian pathway. We can’t be accepting of one sin over another—or any at all—just to welcome everyone onto the path, but that’s what we’ve done and that’s what we’re doing: “times like these.”

That path has a fork in the road, and many of us have chosen the wrong pathway that looks like a street of gold, but is really just gold spray paint made to fool and mislead us. That’s a luxury we can’t afford.

Bernard of Clairvaux wrote:

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

And Jesus warns us:

"Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13-14).

PRAYER: God, Your Word is true and accurate. May we never lose sight of Who You are, becoming ignorant because we bought the lie that Your Word is ancient and no longer applicable in our lives. Help us to lead many to Your saving grace and mercy, not by accepting their sins, but by loving them regardless of their sin. Help the many Christians who have been deceived by the luxury that there are no longer consequences to our sins, and lead them back to the Truth of Who You are. Amen.

JOURNAL: What is a luxury you can’t afford right now in your life that you really want? Write the ways you couldn’t afford that luxury and what the consequences would be if you bought it anyway. Now write about the immoral things in life that are luxuries you can’t afford (i.e. drinking, flirting, etc.).

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