Idols, desires and affections, My thoughts and Journaling

Idolatrous desires

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For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
(Matthew 6:21)

Writing this is bittersweet because I feel like I’m constantly dethroning idols that have infiltrated my heart. And publicly sharing my understanding of this will not only hold me accountable but leave me with no excuses.

See I know that I can not seek (or love) God with all my heart, when part of it is seeking other things (including someone else). I have to beware of what I set my heart on because even good and godly desires can become idols.

An idol is anything more important to me than delighting in or serving God (alone). It is my deepest longing. Whatever I am lusting for or after. Some common idols that I have worshiped are:

  • Control and perfectionism
  • Prestige (recognition and validation from this world)
  • Beauty
  • Natural health and wellness, organic food etc.
  • Beautiful homes
  • My children
  • My husband and marriage
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Ministry
  • Happiness

Just to name a few.  And what I’ve learned is that through convictions and restlessness, God frustrates my ideas making it nearly impossible to pursue my idols. This is how I know when a desire has become an idol.

If I want something (or some things!) so bad that I begin to sin when I don’t get it (or to attain it), then I have a MAJOR problem and it’s called an idol.  Even if what I want is good! Because in reality, what I personally desire is only as good as my patience and trust in God for it. If I can’t continue to love and to EXALT God in the meantime, and I become discontent and miserable then I  am not committed to (or delighting in) the Lord. In fact,  I am sinning because my affections, and appetite or cravings shouldn’t be on anything but Him, His Son and their coming kingdom.

Everything (and everybody!) will always be competing for our affections. Especially in this era of technology and consumerism. Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with genuinely wanting a house or a child. It’s not the end of the world, but will it be to you if you never get them? Becoming angry (especially toward the things of God ), frustrated, manipulative, covetous or full of self pity are all results of idolizing our desires. So is rebellion. I was notorious for seeking temporary comfort and relief from God’s chastising. In my pride I would turn to things like:

  • Food
  • Sleep
  • TV
  •  Social media
  • Shopping, etc.

And I don’t know if it’s just me but it’s like I can not worship anything other than God. Of course it’s sin but it’s also tormenting spending all of my time, energy and money daydreaming about, planning for and longing after idols. And the worst part is that they don’t even truly satisfy! Once conquered, we’re always wanting MORE—Bigger or better!

Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied. (Proverbs  27:20)

So, I just wanted to share my thoughts. May we all just delight solely in the Lord.. In obedience and in hopes that He’ll find our hearts “empty” enough to start storing His own perfect desires♥♥

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:4-5)

Your sister,
Brandi

Devotionals and Encouragement, My thoughts and Journaling

30 things I’ve learned before turning 30

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So I had a birthday earlier this month and I wanted to share 30 things that I have learned by the age of  30. Now of course I’ve learned a lot more but here are the things I’ve chosen to share (they’re in no particular order).

1. Beware of self love/self care

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves (2 Timothy 3:1)

This world is influencing us to be selfish and self centered, when following Jesus requires us to deny ourselves and to love others. Even though taking care of ourselves is necessary, making that our number 1 priority or obsession isn’t.

2. You can overcome evil by doing good. The fight is and has always been spiritual. We aren’t truly having issues with other people.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:11-12)

3. Ultimately, ALL sin is committed against God. So be mindful of how you act AND REACT towards others.

4.Cast down vain imaginations, immediately.

5. Popularity is not an indication of quality.

6. The wisdom of this world is foolishness.

7. Less is more

8. Knowledge is not understanding.

9. Don’t live above your means and pay your bills ON TIME!

10. I do not have to sin (or be a sinner). Jesus died so that I can live and be free to do and think the right things. See Roman’s chapter 6

11. Grace does not excuse sin. It assists in sanctification. Don’t let anyone deceive you. If you (or I!) die in willful sin, we will NOT inherit the kingdom of God.

12.Take it one day at a time. Say it with me, “Daily bread”.

13. Do not fear man.

14. I complain too much, and it’s annoying.

15. A spouse (or a child) can’t fix internal issues.

When I was single I had an idolatrous desire to be married. I though that that would make me whole and happy.  That didn’t happen. I learned very quickly that only Jesus can satisfy me .

16. Traditional holidays do not truly commemorate God. Research the origins.

17. Do not follow trends. Many are on the broad path that leads to destruction.  Plus, emulations is a work of the flesh.

18. Be quiet. Fools vent too much

19. PUT SOME CLOTHES ON!

Wearing revealing clothing not only shows that I don’t respect myself, it also shows my lack of respect for others. Especially for families (marriages and children).

20. Don’t let your feelings govern you. I can do what is right whether I feel like it or not.

21. Men need respect. Quite frankly, they’re entitled to it.

and while we’re at it..

22. Feminism is ungodly. It’s perversion at it’s finest.

23. Sometimes you just have to cut people off— Starting with your own family members!

24. Read ingredient labels

25. Keep cursed objects out of your home.

26. Love the truth, NO MATTER WHAT don’t reject it.

27. Jesus is the promised Messiah AND the Son of God. He is not The Most High God. Not according to him, the bible or GOD Himself.

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 6:13-17)

28. My identity is hidden in Christ

I used to wonder who I was (or “Who Am I?”)  because I didn’t know.  But I knew that I wasn’t just comprised of a list of roles. Then I had a revelation.. I AM NOBODY because I have died to myself. My true identity will be found in Christ as I conform to him.

 As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. (Galatians 6:14, NLT)

29. Dysfunctional relationships are not true love. They are ungodly soul ties. Sever them!

30. It’s the simple things in life— like wild flowers, rain and children playing♥

So, what are some things you’ve learned this year or wish you would’ve known earlier?

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Brandi Collins