Idols of the Heart
Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they
be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines,
and they please themselves in the children of strangers. Their land also
is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures;
their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their
chariots: Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their
own hands, that which their own fingers have made: And the mean man boweth
down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.
We read here of the chosen people of God, whose forefathers made a Covenant
with God below Mount Sinai, who themselves have turned away from the Covenant
of promise, abandoning all that is promised them for the present worldly
pleasures of soothsayers, associating themselves with other nations, coveting
silver, gold and other possessions and building and worshipping idols that
they have made with their own hands.
This is what they gave up:
The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of
the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and
shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And
many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain
of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of
his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth
the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among
the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords
into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift
up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house
of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
We know how God's holy people turned away from their Covenant and that
eventually God lost patience with them and allowed them to go away into
a second captivity, that of Babylon. From other writings in this series
we also understand the significance of this Babylonian captivity.
From reading part two of Heart of the Gospel we have more understanding
of how covenants work and specifically understand the Blood Covenant better
than before. We therefore understand that we reborn Christians can lose
our inheritance of eternal life with God and His Son if we turn away from
the everlasting Covenant that we made through our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus
However, our faithfulness or lack of it will only be looked upon by
God on that day, the day of judgement, when every idle word that
we each have uttered after the acceptance of the Covenant will become known
and our hearts judged according to those words.
I'm sure that all born again Christians experience times when the Holy
Spirit withdraws from us because of disobedience on our part, when we fall
for one or more of the wiles of Satan and are drawn away from God because
of our covetousness or lust of some sort. In fact if we don't experience
any of these temptations we are doing something wrong because Satan doesn't
need to tempt us, we're lost in any case.
This is what Paul and James had to say on the subject:
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that
tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience,
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing
this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience
have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting
We perceive here that temptation is placed there to refine us, to purify
us and how we handle the temptation is what matters to God.
David, God's servant, faced similar times, as can be ascertained by
reading Psalms 38 and 39.
We can see that the Children of Israel turned away from God by temptations
that Satan fed them through the nations that they had conquered but not
Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words
of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil
as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers
upon the grass: Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye
greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect:
for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity,
just and right is he. They have corrupted themselves, their spot
is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse
and crooked generation. Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and
unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath
he not made thee, and established thee? Remember the days of old, consider
the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy
elders, and they will tell thee. When the most High divided to the nations
their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds
of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. For the
LORD'S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he
led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth
abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the
LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.
He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the
increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock,
and oil out of the flinty rock; Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with
fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat
of kidneys of wheat; and thou didst drink the pure blood of the grape.
But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown
thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which
made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. They provoked
him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they
him to anger. They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they
knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared
not. Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten
God that formed thee. And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred them,
because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters. And he said,
I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be:
for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is
no faith. They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not
God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move
them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke
them to anger with a foolish nation.
As we can see in the following passage, the Israelites were instructed
along certain lines:
And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are
therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that
are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we
sent. And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing,
lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing,
and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. But all the silver,
and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the
LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD. So the people shouted
when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when
the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with
a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up
into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. And
they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman,
young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.
But not all obeyed:
But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing:
for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the
tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was
kindled against the children of Israel. And Joshua sent men from Jericho
to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the east side of Bethel, and
spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up
and viewed Ai. And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not
all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and
smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they
are but few. So there went up thither of the people about three
thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai. And the men of Ai smote
of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before
the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore
the hearts of the people melted, and became as water. And Joshua rent his
clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD
until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their
heads. And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord GOD, wherefore hast thou at all brought
this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to
destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side
Jordan! O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before
their enemies! For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall
hear of it, and shall environ us round, and cut off our name from
the earth: and what wilt thou do unto thy great name? And the LORD said
unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? Israel
hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded
them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen,
and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.
Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies,
but turned their backs before their enemies, because they
were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the
accursed from among you. Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves
against to morrow: for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, There is
an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand
before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among
you. In the morning therefore ye shall be brought according to your tribes:
and it shall be, that the tribe which the LORD taketh shall come
according to the families thereof; and the family which the LORD
shall take shall come by households; and the household which the LORD shall
take shall come man by man. And it shall be, that he that is taken
with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath:
because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath
wrought folly in Israel. So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought
Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken: And he brought
the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zarhites: and he brought
the family of the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken: And he brought
his household man by man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi,
the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken. And Joshua said unto
Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and
make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it
not from me. And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned
against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: When I saw
among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of
silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them,
and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst
of my tent, and the silver under it. So Joshua sent messengers, and they
ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the
silver under it. And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought
them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out
before the LORD. And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son
of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his
sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and
his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of
Achor. And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble
thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with
fire, after they had stoned them with stones.
Neither did they obey God's previous command:
When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest
to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites,
and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites,
and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier
than thou; And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou
shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant
with them, nor shew mercy unto them: Neither shalt thou make marriages
with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter
shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son from following
me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled
against you, and destroy thee suddenly. But thus shall ye deal with them;
ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down
their groves, and burn their graven images with fire. For thou art
an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee
to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon
the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose
you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were
the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he
would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD
brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of
bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the
LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant
and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand
Now, when we become born again, we, like the Children of Israel, come into
Covenant with God and virtually the same rules apply. One of the main differences
is that our following of God in love is of a spiritual nature. If we are
disobedient in a worldly (Old Covenant) way such as adultery, we shall
be judged accordingly, but if we also think about it we are doing it in
a spiritual way, committing spiritual adultery.
No one knows of this sin except the person committing it - and God.
And because nothing is ever kept from God, everyone will stand before Him
on that day for judgement.
This means that much of our righteousness or otherwise is between us
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time,
Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh
on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive
unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in
your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither
yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:
but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and
your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall
not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace?
God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey,
his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience
unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin,
but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered
you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh:
for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity
unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness
David, who had the opportunity to kill his enemy, king Saul, turned away
from this act of unrighteousness because Saul belonged to God - he had
been anointed king through Samuel - and David knew that God would deal
with Saul as He wanted, that he (David) shouldn't get in the way.
When God had delivered David from all his enemies, including Saul,
this is what David had to say:
The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness
of my hands hath he recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the LORD,
and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all his judgments were
before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me. I was also upright
before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity. Therefore hath the LORD
recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness
of my hands in his eyesight. With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful;
with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; With the pure thou
wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.
For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.
Paul described it another way:
But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against
them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest
them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the
judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance
and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to
repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto
thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous
judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To
them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour
and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and
do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the
Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every
man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there
is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law
shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall
be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before
God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
and then writes:
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according
to my gospel.
You see, we are dealing with secret righteousness or unrighteousness and
God will reward us accordingly.
God is looking at our hearts, at our attitude toward Him, it goes beyond
Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me. And
the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, these men have set
up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity
before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them? Therefore speak
unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the
house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the
stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet;
I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his
idols; That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because
they are all estranged from me through their idols. Therefore say unto
the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves
from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations. For
every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in
Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his
heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face,
and cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me; I the LORD will
answer him by myself: And I will set my face against that man, and will
make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of
my people; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Here's a worldly example.
You might remember these verses:
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he
it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father,
and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith
unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself
unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him,
If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and
we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not
keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the
Father's which sent me.
And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy
Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
From this it can be understood that the Holy Spirit manifests Himself and
also comforts us when we are lovingly obedient to the terms of our Covenant.
But what happens when we are disobedient?
A couple of years ago our itinerant gardener informed my wife that
he had found permanent, full-time work and would therefore not be returning.
She thereupon suggested that we handle the upkeep of the garden between
us as there wasn't much to do anymore. Weeding and working in the soil
caused me to become enthusiastic once more and increasing amounts of time
were spent in the garden, performing major changes and improvements, sometimes
working in the greyest of dawns.
Funny, but the more time I spent in the garden, it seemed that my wife
spent less and on asking her she replied that she agreed to help with maintenance
but not with major excavations. This resulted in hot words and she lost
interest, even in weeding the lawn. This caused anger on my part and many
summer hours were spent weeding the lawn (her job) and at the same time
thinking about broken agreements (covenants), that I couldn't cope on my
own etc. Poor little me!
As the summer progressed the Lord the Holy Spirit's presence became
less obvious in my spiritual life until He had all but disappeared. Only
on reflection was it realised, that because of the sin of continual anger
and of presumption had this occurred.
Sin is an insidious process and if not checked and repented of becomes
large in one's life. If left to fester, Satan grabs hold of it and feeds
ever increasing portions to the sinner until it becomes a mountain and
it is all that one can think about. It has now become an idol because it
comes in between the unrepentant sinner and God.
Here are some examples of idols that we are inclined to worship:
Number one, SELF. Or put another way, No1 is I, the shortest word in
the English language and the easiest to say. The best test of seeing how
important I is in 1's life is to see how 1 drives a motor car in heavy
traffic. Are you a courteous driver?
Most others come from I and include: becoming famous; pride in accomplishments;
lust and sexual desire; covetousness - from looking for bargains in salesrooms
to playing the stock market; sport; watching television; church buildings;
denominations; Pastor X; tradition; religion; doing works, such as being
the church organist; group Bible study; and the one Satan uses the most
- work that is stimulating and time consuming.
Can you guess which is the one that Christians stumble at the most?
Obeying God's word. When we fail to do this we allow the great deceiver
and liar entrance into our lives and our walk away from God's will has
Many of the kings of Israel and Judah after David walked in the ways
of God, but they left idols in high places, they split their allegiance.
What does God require of us?
The monopoly of our love. We now make No 1 No 2 and I takes a back
Is this unreasonable?
Here's the answer, taken from a good book on the subject1
A Pastor once called in a couple from the congregation of his church
and confronted them on the sin in their lives.
He asked them "Do you know what the result of this sin means?"
They replied "Yes, we are going to hell."
"Is it worth it?"
We must remain a faithful servant to the best of our ability.
This master/servant relationship is mentioned repeatedly in the New
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants
ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto
righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but
ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered
you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh:
for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity
unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness
unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from
righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now
ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made
free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness,
and the end everlasting life.
Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Art thou
called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made
free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being
a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being
free, is Christ's servant. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants
of men. Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with
(1 Corinthians 7:20-24)
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to
the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto
Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ,
doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as
to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man
doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond
or free. And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening:
knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of
persons with him.
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh;
not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing
God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not
unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance:
for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for
the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy
of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them,
because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they
are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach
and exhort. If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words,
even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which
is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about
questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings,
evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute
of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
(1 Timothy 6:1-6)
Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and
to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not
purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine
of God our Saviour in all things.
Does this mean that Christians must leave the world and become hermits
No, only that we must be sure of where we have placed our love.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If
any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that
is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes,
and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the
world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of
God abideth for ever.
(1 John 2:15-17)
Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only
to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy,
if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye
shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it,
ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto
were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example,
that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found
in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered,
he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
(1 Peter 2:18-23)
Television is a good example. There are some terrific programs out there,
especially about God's nature, but anyone who sits glued to the sports
channel for hour upon hour has turned this box into an idol.
It's been this writer's experience that the more time that is spent
under pressure of work, the harder it is to come before the Lord and feel
If you are born again, you, like Job, have seen God:
I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth
God requires our total commitment to Him, nothing less will do. We have
become His servants and everything that we do must be aimed at pleasing
Once the peace and comfort of the presence of the Holy Spirit is experienced,
its loss causes much distress and soul searching.
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony
of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the
LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD
is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean,
enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and
righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea,
than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover
by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is
Be assured, the Holy Spirit does not withdraw without cause, and the cause
is always on our side and is usually not too hard to find. Somewhere, somewhen
we have placed some other god before Him, Jehovah.
This idol(s) in each of our hearts must be found, denounced, renounced
and turned away from and we must then get on our knees, asking once again
for God's forgiveness to cleanse us and His grace to make us free.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared
to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we
should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
1 Things We Adore, by Judson Cornwall (Destiny Image)