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Who Are These Wicked People Who Are Totally Worthless?

Jeremiah 13:10
This wicked people, who refuse to listen to My words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts and have gone after other gods to serve them and to bow down to them, let them be just like this waistband which is totally worthless.

WOW….How careful we should be to listen to God’s voice as He speaks through the Holy Spirit to our spirit to our mind (of course, always in agreement with the written word) or as He speaks directly from the Scripture as we open the pages of our Bible. God calls those who refuse to listen to His words, wicked. And look what God says about their refusal to listen. He calls it stubbornness of heart and He says it leads to going after, serving and bowing down to other gods. The result is they are left to become totally worthless. May we as Disciples of Christ be quick to listen and respond to the words of the one and only infinite, majestic, omniscient, omnipotent God of the universe! Then, and only then, we will not become worthless to the Kingdom of God and it’s advancement upon this earth!

More on “Desires”

Psalm 38:9
“Lord, all my desire is before You; And my sighing is not hidden from You.”

We need strong, passionate desires. It is desire that fuels us from complacency to doing something productive and meaningful in our lives. But we must question where our desires come from. Most times our desires are linked to thoughts we have meditated on. This is a key point in determining whether our desires are godly or ungodly. When we play a thought over and over on our mind, considering it in every way, either a good or destructive power is released into our lives. What type of power is dependent on whether the thought that has now become a passionate desire was a godly or ungodly one, thus, resulting in a godly or ungodly passion.

We should, therefore, examine our desires by asking where they come from. Are they a result of thoughts flowing from our natural evil heart, evil spirits, or God? Scripture tells us that the heart of man is evil and that we cannot even know our own heart. We naturally have an inclination to want for ourselves and ourselves above all else. In other words, our natural desires are selfish and self glorifying.  These desires and those born from a thought planted by evil spirits who possess the airways, always lead to destruction.  They lead us away from God.  Whereas meditating upon God’s thoughts and allowing those to take root as our heart’s desires, releases a power that transforms our lives from the inside out into the image of Christ.

Hidden Idols

The topic of idols of the heart is one of the main topics discussed in my book, “Experience Real Satisfaction” released in 2010. I believe it is an often overlooked principle in the Scriptures even though it is of such great importance. We are guilty in the 21st century, as are those in the past, of forsaking God as the fountain of living waters (Jeremiah 2:13).

Idols are “anything that takes the place in our lives that belongs only to God.” We must consider who or what has first priority with our time and resources. We should ask ourselves questions such as “Who has our first love?” “Who or what do we trust in?” “Where do we spend our money, our time?” For some Christians their spouse or children may have become an idol as well as their pastor. That’s difficult for us to imagine or admit but if we have allowed these persons to be #1 in our lives, then we have put them in a place that is God’s and God’s only.

The ministries where we serve, our church, our job, our material belongings all can become more important to us than our relationship with God. When this happens, we find ourselves in idolatry. We can ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts and reveal these sometimes hidden idols of our hearts.

What else might be or become an idol in our life? Another idol we often overlook is ourselves. In our narcissistic culture, many times we ourselves are the #1 idol of our hearts. This is probably the most common amongst us, if we are honest about it.

Our fall into idolatry can be quite subtle. It begins with failing to spend time alone with God. We crowd Him out with the busyness of life thinking we will soon get back to Him. This is devastating to us as Christians. It is in this alone time that our confidence in God is strengthened. When we fail to spend personal time with God where we talk to Him and allow him to talk to us, we begin to experience emptiness. This is because God has created us in such a way that we need Him to pour Himself into us and we need this daily. Nothing else will do. Scripture says God has put eternity in our hearts and without the eternal One satisfying us, we begin to feel dissatisfied. This results in a temptation to find satisfaction from people and things in our lives. Our focus begins to move more and more from God to idols. Of course, they are unable to fill us completely but we get caught up in the fleeting contentment and purpose they bring to our lives and we tend to chase after them even more instead of seeking after God(Isaiah 44:20). Our attempt to satisfy ourselves with these idols is as useless as trying to quench the thirst of the desert sand (Isaiah 55:2).

Psalm 90:14 says, “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”  Satisfaction begins and ends with receiving God’s unfailing love as a reality in our life.  Ignoring God, results in losing an awareness of His love. This then results in dissatisfaction and a restless soul headed for idols.  "How life at the fountain satisfies the soul"
Experience Real Satisfaction is available at Amazon.com, most local bookstores and my website at http://www.sarahgoebel.com.