We can find ourselves at odds with God’s perfect plan.
We sometimes forget that God knows how we should live – what’s best for us.
It’s not that we want to fight or go against God.
It’s that we can easily defer to our human nature. Especially when we are stressed.
Let Go and Let God
So, what are we to do?
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
Then Samuel said to all the people of Israel, “If you want to return to the Lord with all your hearts, get rid of your foreign gods and your images of Ashtoreth. Turn your hearts to the Lord and obey him alone; then he will rescue you from the Philistines.” So the Israelites got rid of their images of Baal and Ashtoreth and worshiped only the Lord. 1 Samuel 7: 3-4 (NLT)
God warned against worshiping false gods (Deuteronomy 6:14-15), but Israel did not listen.
Israel was dealing with:
- False gods: Baal and Ashtoreth.
- Sexual pleasure: Ashtoreth.
- Enemy: Philistines.
Today we don’t worship stone statues.
We do, however, worship (seek) false gods. We think false gods will give use what we want. We don’t always seek the Kingdom of God above all else.
Money, illicit sex, power, success, pornography, prostitution, drugs, alcohol, sports, television and movies.
In general: pleasure and things.
Satan tricks us to seek his good pleasures and things.
We overcome with the power of Christ in us. It’s a battle… It’s a war… it’s not easy. We have to constantly work to overcome.
When we do we receive the crown of life.
Moments after I published this post, I see a tweet from @Paula_White: Step back, get out of the way and let God do it for you! Timely to say the least.
What About You
Are you ready to let go and let God?
I battle every day. Do you?
What do you do to overcome?
I pray. It refocuses my thoughts.
How do you call on the name of Jesus?
I find myself asking Jesus to take away unwanted thoughts and to drive Satan away.
How do you let the false gods go?
Are you dealing with false gods and not aware of it?
I have to be aware enough to catch myself. I have to remind myself that any false god is not part of God’s good life.
Your feedback will encourage others.
Baal was the name of the supreme god worshiped in ancient Canaan and Phoenicia. Baal was considered the most powerful of all gods. Baal was a fertility god who was believed to enable the earth to produce crops and people to produce children. Source: http://www.gotquestions.org/who-Baal.html
Asherah, or Ashtoreth, was the name of the chief female deity worshiped in ancient Syria, Phoenicia, and Canaan. Worship of Asherah / Ashtoreth was noted for its sensuality and involved ritual prostitution. Source: http://www.gotquestions.org/who-Asherah.html
The Philistines were an aggressive, warmongering people who occupied a part of southwest Palestine between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. They were the enemy of Israel. The Bible records that the Philistines had contact with both Abraham and Isaac as early as 2000 B.C. (Genesis 21:32, 34; 26:1, 8). The Old Testament indicates that around the 13th century B.C., during the days of Samuel and Samson, the Philistines moved inland from the coast of Canaan. There, they built their civilization primarily in five cities: Gaza, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gath, and Ekron (Joshua 13:3). Source: http://www.gotquestions.org/Philistines.html