Have you ever heard someone say, “I know I am not living right, but I still talk to God everyday” or “I know I am sinning, but I still pray.”
Have you ever said that?
You know, the people who post drunk pics on Facebook on Friday, then check in at church on Sunday. The women living with their unsaved boyfriends, but sharing inspirational Bible Verse Memes weekly.
“Yeah, I know I am not right with God, but I still pray”
This is such a sensitive issue, because we are getting into all kinds of internal secret places of the heart, where only God knows the truth.
But we live in a world of self-deceived people,
People who walk according to their lusts, and think they are still okay with God.
And we are ALL tempted to do this from time to time.
I am tempted to do this from time to time.
But the truth is, if we are honest . . . we know we can’t have fellowship with God while we are bowing down to our idols.
It is impossible.
It is a lie.
They are lying to themselves, to us, and to God.
Jesus says, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24
You cannot walk in darkness and have fellowship with the Light.
We have to choose.
We cannot serve God and Mammon.
And sometimes the choice is that we bring our idols into our temple and tell ourselves, “Well I still worship God, I just like this or that now too . . .”
And we say, “this or that does not mean I don’t love God.”
“I still pray . . .”
/Like pagans who have many gods . . ./
Oh, Lord please break my heart over my idolatry.
Lord, please give me an undivided heart.
Lord, give me the desire to crush my idols.
We cannot have both.
We must choose this day Whom (whom) we will serve.
Will we serve the LORD, or self?
Will we choose the Spirit, or the flesh?
David knew this, and he cried out “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:” Psalm 66:18
Regard iniquity or CHERISH sin
Wow . . .
If I cherish sin in my heart, the LORD WILL NOT HEAR ME.
It really says that.
There is NO POINT to praying, when He is not your REAL GOD.
You might as well call praying /talking to yourself/
Let us do a heart check right now.
Lord, please show us if we are cherishing iniquity!!!
Please bring to our minds the things that you are not pleased with.
What grace, for Him to hide himself when we cherish sin.
Maybe we will notice . . .
Maybe we will miss Him . . .
Maybe we will repent and come back and be right . . .
That is grace.
He doesn’t fake it with us or pretend we are okay to keep sinning.
His Spirit convicts us and if we ignore Him, that is a choice we make.
But we can’t just lie to ourselves and everyone else.
We can’t just say that we are in sin but we still pray.
Who are we praying to?
We can’t just lie to the Holy Spirit.
And say, I can do what I want and still hang out with you . . .
I mean, Who are we praying to?
We don’t listen, but we want to talk to Him?
I am undone.
I need an undivided heart.
“Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” Psalm 86:11
“ Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh,” Ezekiel 11:19.
Be not deceived.
We cannot have both.
And waiting a little longer to get right with God is a choice to not get right with God.
What do you love more than God?
Is it really worth it?
It will kill you, you know.
The Lord hates our idolatry, and our claim to still be close to Him. In Ezekiel 8, the LORD takes Ezekiel and shows him the hidden idolatry that the people had brought into the temple. They wanted BOTH. God and idolatry. They thought that they could have both. We think that we can have both. We do not “hate” Jesus. We just want Him, and a little something else. Combining it all, in a fancy temple.
So God showed Ezekiel the /abominations/ in the temple.
And God said, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence; then they have returned to provoke Me to anger. Indeed they put the branch to their nose. Therefore I also will act in fury. My eye will not spare nor will I have pity; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.”
Lord, I don’t want to make you furious.
I don’t want to be swept away in lies and lusts.
I don’t want to cry out to you in a loud voice even, and you not hear me.
This is a serious issue.
We need to give Him the proper seat in our lives LORD and Savior.
Let’s pray for each other.