Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lessons from the Battlefield, part 15: struggle spots

The hand of God was also on Judah to give them one heart to do what the king and the princes commanded by the word of the LORD. Now many people were gathered at Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month, a very large assembly. They arose and removed the altars which were in Jerusalem; they also removed all the incense altars and cast them into the brook Kidron. (2 Chronicles 30:12-14 NASB)


The hand of God was on the people to obey.  As they gathered for the Passover, even before the feast began, they collectively began to cast away the altars on which they had worshipped idols.  Don’t misunderstand this principle.  Cleansing requires more than just confession.  They did not just confess that they had idols; they removed them from their land and destroyed them.

What are the places of idolatry in your life?  What are the things with which you struggle over and over again?  What are the areas in which true, lasting victory seems elusive?  Are you tired of dealing with the mess in your heart?  Are you sick of the distraction of sin (either wrong attitudes or wrong actions) that prevents you from truly worshipping with a whole heart?If so, today is a perfect day to do more than repent.  Ask our Lord to help you cast away that sin that has beset you so long and remove it completely from your life.  

Every Christian has some area or “struggle spot” that is a difficult one for them.  None of us are spared.  Even our Lord was tempted.  Victory comes only when we willingly allow our Lord to work in us to bring cleansing and lasting victory to our "struggle spots".