Isaiah 28:16-30:7 / Galatians 4:1-31 / Psalm 62:1-12 / Proverbs 23:19-21
Isaiah 29:13“These people draw near to me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men.”This verse addresses “religiosity” – a spirit of religion. It is much like the Pharisees whose “cups” (their outer appearance) were clean on the outside, but the actual condition of their insides (their hearts) were dirty (see Matthew 23:25-27). The greatest indicator of what we believe is how we behave. If what we claim to believe is authentic and real, we will demonstrate the value it holds in our lives by they way we act. Our actions are what speak, not our words. Let’s be people that not only claim to have a relationship with the Lord, but actually do. Actions that would indicate a sincere, passionate, devoted relationship with the Lord are spending time with Him, filling ourselves with the TRUTH found in His Word, time in prayer, listening, receiving, etc. If these actions aren’t part of our daily relationship with the Lord, they can be!
The “everyday” aspect may seem a bit extreme, but we are living in radical days where the enemy of our soul has calculated plans to separate us from the Lord and destroy the plans and purposes He has for us. IN THESE CRAZY DAYS CAN WE AFFORD TO NOT BE RADICAL IN OUR PURSUIT OF GOD?
Let’s be a people that take our passion for the Lord and put a plan of action with it. It’s from that primary, intimate, one-on-one time with the Lord that all the secondary things will flow; loving others, caring for the poor, various forms of ministry, etc. As Christians, we must be consistently filling ourselves with the things of the Lord if we want to be able to effectively minister to others and walk in the kind of love that we are called to.