I wish the enemy hadn’t seduced today’s Christian away from the actual hand made fashioning of the gods we serve. But then what’s the point? Though our ancient brethren made their gods and placed them in the groves and high places for worship, they couldn’t ‘see’ themselves in their idolatry anymore than we do. We read about the children of Israel and can so readily judge them as spiritual harlots. Aaron was still wet with the memory of how God had brought them out of Egypt and through the Red Sea. Still wet, at least, but yet still weak himself from the spiritual oppression of Pharoah, he lacked the strength to lead that Israelite mob in the ways of righteousness.
Are we really that blind? And to be real about it, I shouldn’t just jump to the spiritual blindness without addressing the source of the blindness in the first place, the teachings & effects of oppression…
I want to say so much, but I’ll just say this: there’s not a one of us who hasn’t come to God from Egypt which stands as type for the sinful world we live in today. The world Christ said we were to be in but not of. And therein lies the work, not just coming out of Egypt, but exorcising Egypt out of us. How do we discover these worldly ways in ourselves when they’re all we know? When their familiarity has become our source of comfort?
We have to be willing to do that hard hard thing of worshipping God in truth. Being willing to really humble ourselves trusting that He is able to make good on His claim to be our Loving, Forgiving, All Powerful, All Knowing, & All Present Father. We have to come to a place of truth where we tell God all those things about ourselves we’re terrified people will find out about. When we tell Him our secrets, He gladly tells us His. I may not be consciously aware that I serve the god of Nergal, but I know when I lie. I may not possess the self awareness to understand how I serve the god of sex, but I know when I have sex…I can tell God about that…confess it to Him asking for forgiveness and understanding about why I do whatever it is I do. That type of fellowship opens the door to intimacy with God. He speaks…He knows…He begins to reveal those hidden dimensions of ourselves to ourselves.
I’m talking about being willing to let go of the comfort and the familiar in faith that God’s glory is richer, deeper, lasting than whatever counterfeit prop we have in Its place. There’s a little book written in parable form called the Dream Giver (Bruce Wilkinson). I love that book. The character called Ordinary experiences the most beautiful (sometimes scary) series of events in pursuit of a God given dream for one reason and one reason alone. He was willing to step out in faith and begin.
We so often think the faith fanatics are these wild and crazy people who up and leave for unknown lands, and though that does happen sometimes (the unknown lands, that is…not the wild and crazy:-) the New Testament Promised Land isn’t a place like the Old Testament one was…. It’s a mindset. And when we make up our minds that we’re going to allow God to lead us by His Word howsoever He will, trusting that His will for us is perfect, that no matter what it ever tends to look like, we’re going to stay the course steadfastly refusing to faint, we’re automatic owners of a parcel of the Promised Land. Yes, our lot increases as our knowledge and experiences increase, but there’s an equal plot of New Testament Promised Land available to every Believer…it’s called a seed of faith.
We begin the work of exorcising those lesser gods that hold oppressive positions of stronghold in our lives as we trust that God is faithful to know more about both them and us than we ever could. And it’s heartbreaking as we meet ourselves on the path of working out our salvation. I know it is for me. Even now, I ache about a new revelation of spiritual idolatry the Lord is so lovingly pointing out to me. Won’t I ever be done? I want to ask… Won’t I ever be THERE….that place of perfect spiritual health and purity I so desperately want to be?
The answer I hear is,”It doesn’t really matter…My sins are forgiven. They’re covered. My God loves me. When He looks at me He’s chosen to see me through the Blood of Jesus. In His imputed righteousness, in the perfect spiritual health and purity of our Risen Savior.” So then God has set this thing up for us to worship Him in spirit and in truth, not for Himself, but for our sakes. He’s commanded we come to Him because He knows He’s the only hope we have of being cured of the effects of oppression’s deceit and destruction. He’s commanded us to worship Him this way because He’s holy, and He certainly has the right to create protocol for how He wants to be addressed.
Anyway, we’ve got so much Egypt to get rid of: so much fear, and pride, and prejudice, and guilt, and shame because we’ve got so much of God’s glory to have, to hold, to know, and to be. The things of the natural are of the things of the spirit…no space can be dually occupied.
We recognize the lesser gods are still in the land (heart) because the Bible tells us so… So we pray to God to humble us, that we never claim to be above the Word of Truth God has given us all for instruction. When we do this, we’re well on our way to submitting to the only process, the love & correction of the One True God, Who trades our lesser for His Higher. At the end of every day, God is the God of all, even of the lesser gods. It’s time we evict them from our hearts so our Mighty God can reign.