Aug 8, 2017

Aug 8, 2017 Karla’s Blog
Ok, after reading today’s devotional you might feel like you need to do an inventory of what is in your house. Look at each item and ask yourself does this bring attention to God, or me? Does this lead me to fall back on what His word tells me is right, and tempt me to do things that are not pleasing to my God? It’s not a matter of if things are good or bad, but what they may tempt your mind to except as ok. A book may not be evil but if it causes you to think evil thoughts then it does not need to be there.  If an outfit causes people to notice you and bring attention to you, then you do not need it. Now I want you to stop thinking about the people you know who might need to hear this, and think about you. Yes, I have to pull my mind away from these very same thoughts as I know people who are this way, but I can’t focus on them because they would not hear me, and it isn’t my place to judge them. That is for God to do. My job is to clean my own house, and keep me straight with the Lord. Would God walk with you through your house and truly think you need each thing you keep in your house? Would He approve of its usefulness and think it draws you closer to Him? I will leave you with that thought,  while I pray about what I need to purge from my own home.
I truly hope you will find this devotional as moving as I have. His Victorious Indwelling:

But while all this was going on, I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I had returned to the king. Some time later I asked his permission and came back to Jerusalem. Here I learned about the evil thing Eliashib had done in providing Tobiah a room in the courts of the house of God. I was greatly displeased and threw all Tobiah’s household goods out of the room. I gave orders to purify the rooms, and then I put back into them the equipment of the house of God, with the grain offerings and the incense. NEHEMIAH 13:6-9 How much room is there in your life for the Holy Spirit? Is the whole trouble that Tobiah and his furniture clutter up the place? Then they need to be thrown out, promptly and firmly. What about your bookshelves? Would the divine approval be upon all that is there? What about your clothes closet? Did you pray before you purchased all its contents? Would it be something upon which the Lord would smile? Is it designed to attract to yourself or attract to Jesus? What about your record collection? Would He be satisfied with all that is there? Or would He have to put His finger upon something that should be thrown out? My dear fellow Christians, if you mean business for God in these desperate days, I suggest to you we need an examination of every part of our lives so that the furniture with which the enemy clutters them up might be thrown out. Oh, that we would learn to make room for God to work! ALAN REDPATH
It is not a question of whether a thing be right or wrong, but what savor have the things of Christ in it? It may be a very small thing. If we find the reading of a book makes the manifestation of Christ to become less precious to us, we have gotten away from God, and we cannot tell where the next step may take us. Satan often cheats us in this way… If anything comes in and takes the freshness of Christ from your soul, take heed! JOHN DARBY

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