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Matthew 6:7 ” And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions and blabbering on like pagans, for they think they’ll be heard because of their many words.”

Are your prayers more of a formula of repetitious words from memory…often without paying attention to what you’re actually saying?  Have they become just a fixed routine of the same prayers repeated over and over again?  Congratulations, you have the gift of religious gab!  But this isn’t how the Lord wants you to communicate with Him.  It isn’t the quantity or intensity of your prayers that He desires.  Rather, it’s the heart-felt, getting real before the Lord, quality He wants.

Luke 14:26 ” If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters – yes, even his own life – he cannot be My disciple.”

The Greek word here for “hate” doesn’t mean we must despise our family in order to follow Jesus.  What it just means is that we love them less than we love God. It’s called being set apart.  So to this, we are to separate ourselves “morally” from the world view and others that don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus.  In Isaiah 52:11, God tells us to, “Come out from them (the world) and be separate.”  To be set apart for Christ means that we have our priorities correct…God is first, our family is second, the world is third.   For when you make God the most significant person in you life, you are less likely to allow compromise to creep in.  And when God is your everything, you are much better equipped to love those around you more effectively.

Psalm 60:11 ” Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless.”

Psalm 146:3 puts it another way, “Don’t put your trust in mortal men who cannot save.”  Anytime we put more confidence in another human being rather than God…we’re headed for trouble.  For no matter how powerful, charismatic, or appealing someone is…they’re still a mortal being…full of a fallen nature just like us.   So we need to be very careful not to get sucked into worshiping man… and not God.  For no man can offer us deliverance from sin and eternal salvation.  Only God can do that through His Son Jesus Christ.

Judges 17:6 ” In those days Israel had no King; everyone did as he saw fit.”

This verse is repeated several times in Judges…the Jews had no ruler, instead everyone did what they thought was right, just, and pleasing to them.  But we know the definition of “doing as one sees fit” can mean a hundred things to a hundred people.  So what we see here was a form of anarchy…a absence of governmental rule and authority in the country.  And what we also see was growing confusion and disorder among God’s people.

Hebrews 10:4 ” Because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins…”

What does being a “good person” mean to you?  Maybe your list contains all the things you do.  You donate, you volunteer, you help your neighbor.  Or maybe your “good person” list contains all the things you don’t do.  You don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs.  You don’t swear, or watch X rated movies.  All of us have mental lists that make up what being a “good person” constitutes.  But just being a “good person” will not get us to heaven…for our eternal life is not hinged on anything we will ever do or not do.  That’s because it’s only by the blood of Jesus and His sacrifice for us that we can have the hope of eternity with Him.  The very foundation of Christian faith is based on this one truth…Jesus Christ came to save the world from sin and He is the only way to God…for just being a “good person” will never rescue you from going to Hell.

Isaiah 32:8 ” But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.”

When we allow the wise counsel of the Holy Spirit to direct and guide our decisions…our decisions will be excellent ones.  When we listen to that still small voice rather than  blurting out the first thing that comes to mind…our words will be timely and principled.  When our plans align with God’s plans for us…we can stand firm with integrity and strength, knowing we are right where God wants us…in the center of His Will.

II Kings 23:4 ” The King ordered Hilkiah the high priest, the priests next in rank and the doorkeepers to remove from the Temple of the Lord all the articles made for Baal and Asherah and all the starry hosts. He burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron Valley…”

King Josiah had ordered repair of the Temple…and during the work they came upon a lost book of the Law, (Deuteronomy).  When read, the King ordered its requirements observed and then took active steps to clean up the mess in the Temple.  In this Scripture, he ordered the priests and doorkeepers to round up all the foreign idols that had somehow wormed their way into the Temple.  For the Godly and ungodly had been co-existing for so long… it was now considered acceptable.  When false teaching infiltrates the Church it always does it in a subtle, indirect, and devious way…suggesting it’s just fine to accept.