Why It's So Important To Check Our Hearts for Counterfeits
Is there anything better than being desperate for God? Conversely, is there anything worse than being insensitive to his Spirit? It’s been a bit hectic over here and I’ve become more and more aware that each day we have many opportunities to choose, or not choose, God. My favourite episode of @yaypodcast has probably been the day dates one because never have I ever had more joy than when I’m in the presence of God. And setting aside hours and hours to be with him - what a treat! But we don’t always have this much time. And in the busy times, we can let stress get to us. We (I) can go to Netflix, comfort food, Wikipedia, whatever it is to distract us from thinking about what really matters.
My church has been speaking on loving what God loves and hating what God hates. Reminding us that the enemy brings many counterfeits to replace our experience of God.
But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)
Counterfeits include things like horoscopes and tarot cards but I think it can also be things like entertainment and celebrity gossip. When we’re stressed out and needing peace, comfort, joy - can we push past the fleshly desire to want counterfeit options and choose God first?
I’m truly so thankful for God’s patience and mercy. That he doesn’t expect us to be perfect but he does deserve our best. With me on giving God our best each day? On learning from our mistakes and trying again? On praying “Lord, help me” (and then listening for and obeying what he says) and meaning it with all we are?
Sometimes I want obedience to mean I get from point A to B with no obstacles but God doesn’t promise this. There’s beauty in the journey and I pray our work-in-progress testimonies help support and encourage each other. None of us are perfect, we’re always growing, and blessed are we to be able to grow together.
But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. (Romans 12:5)
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
I pray we can embrace our journeys and learn from each other, pointing each other to seek the Lord always.
There is no one like our God.