1/17/14: Mixed Messages

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Has it ever occurred to you that we could be obstructing others’ vision, blocking them somehow from seeing who we really are? This might be the actual plan. Perhaps, in the name of privacy, we hold ourselves a bit aloof, not opening up too much to “outsiders” because they might see what we don’t want them to see. We may be holding onto some actions, attitudes, or beliefs that displace God when they pop to the surface.

Think about Jacob and his household. Once he moved away from his father-in-law Laban, Jacob needed to get his household on board with who he really was. To that end, we find him making a serious demand in Genesis 35:2-4.

  •  “And Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, ‘Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments. Then let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone.’ So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods which were in their hands, and the earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree which was by Shechem” (NKJ).

Jacob needed his household to realize he was committed to Almighty God. The gods represented by idols wouldn’t do and couldn’t be mixed in with God. And what happened once the idols were gone? “And they journeyed, and the terror of God was upon the cities that were all around them, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob” Genesis 35:5 (NLK).

God’s intention for us is that we don’t send mixed messages either. As we hold onto things that are not like God, or worse yet, that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God, we may as well be bowing to idols.

Again, anything we hold onto that is not like God is an idol to us. As Jacob said to his household, God is saying to us: “put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments.” Now is the time for us to bury those things in our lives that do not represent God. Then, as we allow God to purify us, cleansing our hearts and renewing our minds, we are to make a concerted effort to “change our garment” and start living the changes He’s making.

Once the “foreign idols” are gone, we are able to worship in God’s presence. And in the wake of unhindered worship, comes peace and protection. We will no longer be sending mixed messages about who we are. When folks look at us, they’ll see the God we serve and will react accordingly. Worship the uniqueness of God.

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©2014 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 

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~ by sanewriter on January 20, 2014.

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